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Celtic Races

The Celts began as a loosely associated series of tribes that migrated gradually westward from their origins in the Middle East, around 5,000 years ago. Over the last three centuries, seeking relief from poverty, starvation, religious persecution, Irish families were irrevocably separated as children sought freedom from abject poverty (and the lethal Potato Famine of the 1840s) by leaving Ireland. Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants arrived in the New World, bringing their carefully nurtured Celtic customs, handed down from generation to generation. Massive emigration has occurred over the last two centuries to Canada, the United States and to Australia.

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