As I remember my Irish history, after the 1798 Rising large numbers of the Irish participants were obviously no longer welcome in Ireland (by our friends the English). As a result there was a large migration of these insurgents away from Ireland to the European continent. This migration was known as the "Flight of the Wild Geese". These individuals settled throughout Europe in France, Spain, Germany, Austia, etc. and even went to other parts of the world such as South and Central America. I know some people who are hispanic by culture with a very distinctly Irish name (O'Byrne). This is my understanding of this anyway!
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