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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

To 'Hell or Barbados'

Drogheda-Independent.ie: "IN May of this year, a Catholic priest from the island of Barbados is coming to Drogheda with a contingent of people from the aforementioned island and who are of Irish extraction.

The priest's name is one Reverend Father Harcourt Blackett, parish priest of St Patrick's Church in Bridgetown, Barbados, and his reason for coming to the Boyneside is to commemorate the huge number of men, women and children who were transported to that island after the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland in 1649."..............................

Today, there are about 400 individuals living in the north east corner of Barbados known as the 'Red Legs', due to their ancestors having arrived there as slaves in the mid 17th century; many were wearing kilts and so their legs were horribly burned due to the sun, the stalks of working in the sugar cane fields and by being constantly whipped.

These people don't mix with anyone else on the island, have a very low literacy rate and many suffer from mental problems. They are tall, fair and blond haired, freckled skin and blue eyes and with names such as Lynch, O'Donaghue, etc. The forthcoming visit of Father Blackett should prove very interesting indeed.

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