While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having "discovered" America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey.
The BBC has just wrapped up another series of their hit series Who Do You Think You Are? this time with some of the biggest names in show business making an appearance to find out their lineage, often with shocking results.
Many people think that they can identify an Irish last name simply by an "O'" or a "Mc" at the start of it. While that may sometimes be true, there are also many Irish last names that people don't readily realize are Irish.