In the News: The Irish were…Originally Russian?

Scientists from Dublin and Belfast have conducted genetic tests on the body of a  5,000 year old woman buried near Belfast to study the ancient migration patterns of settlers on the Emerald Isle.

What they discovered was that this woman, and thus modern Irish, are descended from Stone Age people from the Middle East and southern Russia. Through various migrations, these peoples eventually led the Irish to inherit brown hair and blue eyes, tolerance for milk, and the so-called “Celtic disease,” a common blood disorder in Ireland more accurately known as haemochromatosis.

The article also notes, rather briefly without any examples, that it is believed that modern Irish Gaelic has preserved some ancient Russian grammar. One example, which is shared in both modern Irish and Russian, is that they do not say “I have a ____” like they would in English, Spanish, German, French, or any other Western European language.  Instead, if I were to say “I have a car” in either Irish or Russian, I literally say “at me there is a car.” If I wanted to say “you have a dog” I would say “at you there is a dog.” A Celtic language and a Slavic language, having this sort of structure while on opposite ends of the continent may not be coincidental.

 

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