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History between Ireland, Scotland and Spain.... Military history, Spanish Armada and much more.

Spanish Gold comes to Northern Ireland
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

What is there in Northern Ireland which is Spanish?  Well, the blood for a start.  Joan Morros book the Blood of the Celts is a classic.  Then of course there is the influx of Spaniards into Belfast, in particular.  There is the route of the Spanish Armada, there is even a military connection in Armagh.  There are legends such as the one at Omeath. There is even a Spanish tree... well, there were seven, but one blew down in a gale. That was the one which was allegedly descended from one of the sailors who died on the North Antrim coast and they buried him with the seed of a Spanish chestnut in his pocket.  It grew into a magnificent tree... sadly blew down in a gale in 2020.  Very sad.  Sad in particular for me, I was very fond of that particular tree.

There are Spanish groups, Spanish wine and all around there are Irish men and women with Spanish blood.. That includes me, as I am a Marshall.  James Marshall was shot as a spy in the Spanish Civil War. 



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Going green meets Hemingway
Monday, July 12, 2021

The Spanish Armada was not the only link with Northern Ireland and Ireland.  Think of the International Brigades - the Irish and Scottish soldiers who fought on both sides of the Spanish Civil War.  Think of Ernest Hemingway whose 60th anniversary of his death is this year.  He experienced the Spanish Civil War first hand as a war correspondent for the North American Newspaper Association (NANA).

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