Jamaica’s Irish Connection

As much as a quarter of Jamaicans claim Irish ancestry.

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If you’ve ever wondered at Jamaica’s many Irish-linked place names, from Irish Town, Clonmel, and Dublin Castle to Kildare, Sligoville, and Belfast, then wonder no more. The two countries share an interesting connection that goes back hundreds of years to England’s claiming of Jamaica as a colony and the subsequent deportation of Irish men, women and children to the Caribbean isle.

As much as a quarter of Jamaicans claim Irish ancestry, including Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey, and Claude McKay, and there are even traces of Irish influence in the Jamaican accent itself, because the Irish lived with the slaves, newly-arrived from Africa.

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