Our unusual Irish ancestors – the poets, madmen and scoundrels who hail from Ireland


The list of Irish turning up around the world is endless. We are found at the North and South Poles, from Seattle to Moscow. Just squint your eyes when looking at the 1969 moon-landing photos, fake or not, and you just might see a guy in a green astronaut suit standing behind Neil Armstrong. These are just a few of the 189 unusual Irish lives that I have written about. Check if you have any unusual ancestors hidden in the musty attic of Irish history.

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** David Slattery is a full-time writer and an Associate Fellow at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at The National College of Art and Design in Dublin.