Asked in English to Scottish Gaelic and Irish (Gaelic)
Where were Gaelic people from?
February 27, 2009 5:52PM
The Gaels arrived in Ireland, from Spain according to myths. They were the Celtic people of Ireland. They later conquered Scotland and the Isle of Man. People in those countries, especially in Ireland, would still consider themselves to be Gaels.
They founded the Kingdom of Dál Riada (present day N. Ireland and NW Scotland).
DNA research has indicated that there is truth to the Spanish origin: the Irish are genetically close to the the Basques. On the other hand, the findings of Santos Alonso et al indicate that there was no genetic link between Basques and Celtic populations beyond that provided by the Paleolithic ancestry common to European populations.