Irish Stereotypes: A Coda
by Michael Patrick O'Leary
This is a follow-up to my previous post:
To further explode the myth that the Irish are stupid, Here is a list of smart Irish people. There are many more I have not included.
James Hoban (Architect of the White House)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
George Bernard Shaw
Ten Irish people have won Nobel prizes. Four Irish writers have won the Booker prize. William Trevor has been shortlisted four times and won many other awards. JG Farrell won the Booker of Bookers prize for the best Booker winner.
Danny La Rue
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
My Bloody Valentine
Dame Ninette de Valois
Chris de Burgh
Here are a few people of Irish origin in the US and the UK
William Randolph Hearst
J Paul Getty
F Scott Fitzgerald
Mary Higgins Clark
George V Higgins
Irish people had a big influence in Latin America.
Ambrose O’Higgins (1721-1801) from Sligo was governor of Chile and viceroy of Peru.
His son Bernardo is regarded as the father of Chilean independence.
William Brown (1777-1857), founder of the Argentine navy, was born in Foxford, Co. Mayo.
Thomas Charles Wright (1799-1868) of Drogheda, founder of the Ecuadorean navy;
Peter Campbell (b. 1780) of Tipperary, organized the first Uruguayan naval force in 1814;
George O’Brien, Charles Condell, and Patricio Lynch, naval heroes in Chile;
Che Guevara was an Irishman!!!
That iconic image was certainly created by an Irish artist, jim Fitzpatrick. Che’s name was Ernesto Guevara Lynch. The Lynch family were one of the famous 14 Tribes of Galway. Most people seem to accept that Che’s grandmother, Anna Isabel Lynch, was born in the west of Co. Galway and eventually she moved to South America. Once there she met a man called Guevara, and they had a child they named Ernesto who was Che’s father. On March 13th 1964, the Irish Times journalist Arthur Quinlan interviewed Che at Shannon Airport during a stopover flight from Prague to Cuba. Guevara talked of his Irish connections through the name Lynch. He told Quinlan of his Grandmother’s Irish roots in Galway. Later, Che, and some of his Cuban comrades, went to Limerick City and adjourned to Hanratty’s Hotel on Glentworth Street. According to Quinlan, they returned that evening all wearing sprigs of Shamrock, for Shannon and Limerick were preparing for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Che was also aware of family roots in County Cork.