African Roots of Ireland – Oguejiofo Annu

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The Fomorians

There are many oblique references to the presence of Black people in ancient Ireland. Ancient Irish mythology refers to the original inhabitants of the island as being a giant, sea-faring people called the Fomorians (Fomors), which means “dark of the sea”. According to the ancient lore, they were a cushitic people from the African continent. Often depicted as demons, they defeated the first few incoming waves of invaders, but could not defeat the Firbolgs, who settled the land and lived side-by-side with the native Fomors.

Those myths may have a factual historical basis. It is proposed that the Formorians were a real people who were in all likelihood sailors from the African continent.

Two more invasions, the first led by the godly Tuatha de Danaan, and the second by the Celtic Milesians, took control of Ireland, mixing together with the Fomorians until they were no more.

There are credible sources for the African association with Ireland. The most likely of these is that they were Phoenicians and/or Egyptians. The Phoenicians were Canaanites, which came from the line of Ham. Ham is the mythological ancestor of the Black nation.

The Phoenicians were also well-known for their sailing skills, and are said to have traveled to the British Isles, which they called the “Tin Islands”. Perhaps, before Ireland was a Celtic domain, which it wasn’t until a few centuries BCE, the Phoenicians colonized it. It is noteworthy that the name Fomorians sounds a bit like Phoenicians.

There is also a legend that an Egyptian princess, Scota, left Egypt with some followers and journeyed to Ireland. Legend has it that Egyptians left many ancient tin mines all over Britain but especially Ireland which was their major source of the valuable metal.

Another idea is that they were Taureg Berbers. The Berber language is Hamitic, and the Berber people live in an area from which travel to Ireland would be easily accessible. The Berbers perhaps set sail from western Morocco, and settled on Ireland before the Celts, making it their new home.

Moorish Science Temple founder Drew Ali teaches that Ireland was once part of a Moorish empire, and that the Irish are a Moorish people. Perhaps there is a common root between the “moor” sound in Fomor and the word Moor?

Selkies and Half-Breeds

Another Irish legend tells of the Selkies, a sort-of “wereseal” that is a seal during day, but a human by nightfall. Sometimes, in an Irish family of fair-skinned, light-haired people, a child is born with dark hair eyes, and skin, and is called a Selkie.

The concept of the Selkies appears to make subliminal reference to the half-breed children that resulted from the extensive miscegenation that occurred between the Celts and the dark skinned original inhabitants that they had met upon their arrival in Ireland.

Many people of Irish descent have distant and recent African roots, and these features can still be seen in the people and in the culture. There are some Irish people with Afros (just like Andre the Giant a late continental European wrestler with afro-hair). In Southern Ireland, some people, referred to as “Black Irish”, are noted for their strikingly dark features, as opposed to the fair-skinned, light-haired north.

Although many Irish descendants are particularly pale, they do have pronounced Africoid facial features, as well as dark brown eyes, and dark brown hair that is sort-of kinky, especially in moist conditions. A sub race of the Irish called the Bronn are noticeably Mediterranean (read: African) in features especially their hair.

In addition to all of this, Celtic music is distinctly different from the rest of Europe, and easily comparable to African music.

Black, Viking and Irish

Unlike Scotland and England, Ireland was never colonized by the Romans. As a result, Ireland remained relatively isolated.

The Vikings established port cities like Dublin. The Viking texts left stories and descriptions of African soldiers captured in Ireland whom they called blaumen[blue-men].

Most Viking references to ”black” in Norse would have signified having black hair as opposed to skin color but blaumen meant black skinned. Most of these blaumen were captured soliders from Moorish Spain. It was observed that:

“A prominent Viking of the eleventh century was Thorhall, who was aboard the ship that carried the early Vikings to the shores of North America. Thorhall was “the huntsman in summer, and in winter the steward of Eric the Red. He was, it is said, a large man, and strong, black, and like a giant, silent, and foul-mouthed in his speech, and always egged on Eric to the worst; he was a bad Christian.””

“Another Viking, more notable than Thorhall, was Earl Thorfinn, “the most distinguished of all the earls in the Islands.” Thorfinn ruled over nine earldoms in Scotland and Ireland, and died at the age of seventy-five. His widow married the king of Scotland. Thorfinn was described as “one of the largest men in point of stature, and ugly, sharp featured, and somewhat tawny, and the most martial looking man… It has been related that he was the foremost of all his men.””

What about Scotland and Wales?

“Any comprehensive account of the African presence in early Europe should include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Scandinavia. The history and legends of Scotland confirm the existence of “purely Black people.” We see one of them in the person of Kenneth the Niger. During the tenth century Kenneth the Niger ruled over three provinces in the Scottish Highlands.

The historical and literary traditions of Wales reflect similar beliefs. According to Gwyn Jones (perhaps the world’s leading authority on the subject), to the Welsh chroniclers, “The Danes coming in by way of England and the Norwegians by way of Ireland were pretty well all black: Black Gentiles, Black Norsemen, Black Host.””

Ogu Eji Ofo Annu


Ancient And Modern Britons, by David Mac Ritchie
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  1. When quoting the auld monks of Ireland in dating the various tribes and invasions, it would be wise to keep in mind that the monks dated events from the Flood onwards, ie all Irish history/mythology begins with the Flood, the date of which, based on the Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament, placed at 2348 BC (1656 years after Creation).
    The scientific dating of Newgrange (c.5,500 BC) places a rather large question mark over the timeline of the chronicles kept by the monks of 5th century Ireland, with regard to the timing of the arrival of certain people. Partholan, for example, is recorded as the first person to colonise Ireland…in 1484 BC!
    Given the dating of the ancient monuments of Ireland, the monks may have been off by…oh..say…a few thousand years or so.

  2. Well these posts have been most interesting to read. I have taken an anthropology class and a hebrew bible class, and I must say there is some validity in what everyone is saying.

    For those who are tired of blacks wanting some claim to superiority, you can’t begin to imagine why until you have walked a mile in our shoes. As for Svargoth please do not tell us one more time of your love for norse history we got the 411 on your interest, and I also can’t believe your comment of your being tired of your people complaining. Perhaps you need to walk a mile in the african american shoes, because it is a very different shoe. I love all peoples and cultures, and find all history sooooo interesting. I have also had studies in ancient history.
    Now back to blacks wanting to claim superiority. You guys haven’t the slightest idea how it feels to grow up learning the culture of the people who oppressed you, not having a clue of who we were before we were americanized. Our history, language, religions, morals, and every thing that was our existance before we were taken from africa was striped away from the african brought to the United States. Our ancestors and friends who were left in the islands made out better as far as retaining some remnants, as were the africans left along the east coast know as the Gullahs, still retain til this day some of their african ways. Not only can I begin to tell you of anything african about my ancestors because we were separated and separated and separated time and time again, until we are so mixed up who knows what tribe we came from. Weren’t allowed to congregate, play our drums or use our language. I am also of native american ancestry, which is another lost lineage.

    So folks I understand you getting tired of blacks wanting to always claim superiority, but try to place yourself in our shoes and understand. We just want a sense of being something and belonging to something.

    Hey Dogmoon can you email me please, there was mention that my grt granny was of native, african and black irish. Been research the black irish thing and haven’t found anymore than it’s a mixture of irish and arab from when they invaded ireland, but you seem to know more information that I have been able to find.

  3. The so-called scientific dating of Newgrange is quite francly a nonsense and a rather absurd one. Are then the scientists trying to say that they knowbetter than the people who once lived in Ireland or for that matter Britain? The Annals of the Four masters state that when Partholan arrived in Ireland annomundi 2520 and 1484 BC; just ten years later the formors arrived and fought the Battle of Mag Ithe with Partholan and this can be found in annal M2530 which is annomundi 2530 and 1474 BC. An alternative history relates that in this case when Partholan arrived in annomundi 1969 or 2035 BC the formors again arrived at 2025 BC and fought this battle some 500 plus years earlier. The Samotheans arrived in England 59 years before Partholan arrived in England making the date am 1910 and 2094 BC. The older men of Genesis 10 or the neanderthal arrived England am 1969 and 2035 BC at the same time as Partholan on Ireland. However on the reduced time line of annomundi 2520 and 1484 BC the neanderthals arrived in Engalnd the same time as Partholan on Ireland. The formorians were of the same age as the older men of Genesis 10 and were cainanites. Ifurther propose the neanderthals were cainanites or of the same ethnic stock as the formors. Having in mind in this connection that Samothes arrived in England 59 years before Partholan then by simple arrithmetic and logic the samotheans must have arrived in England in 1543 BC. Thus 1484 + 59yrs= 1543 BC in line with the annals of the fourmasters. Conclusion:- The formores and Neanderthals arrived England in 1484 BC. I propose they were one and the same people plus the fact that the neanderthal were stocky and powerful indeviduals. Samothes arrived 59 years before Partholan on Ireland in England that is to say 1543 BC. I propose therefore that by simple arrithmetic and logic and common sense that these dates are valied. Author

  4. The 2094 dating for Samothes is taken from “Compendium of World History chapter 19 volume one. JohnHXF Author

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