The descendants of Spanish-Armada-era marriages between shipwrecked Spanish sailors and the women
of the island that they nearly invariably washed up on, Ireland. They had no practical way to return to Spain (due to a complete
lack of a large enough vessel to sail the north atlantic), and therefore lived
out the remainder of their
lives on the emerald isle. Their
had skin of a darker hue than the often pale Irish, and in accordance with
the notoriety of Irish racism, these children
were labeled "Black Irish" and often found themselves to be outcasts. Centuries of generational breeding have pretty much eliminated any noticeable
difference between those with
Black Irish blood and those without.
Juan O'malley is Black Irish.