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Vikings or Celts – who is responsible for the red hair gene?

Why does Ireland have such a high percentage of red haired people compared to the rest of the Western world?

It is a question that has intrigued historians and scientists for many years. The fact that Ireland, along with Scotland and Wales are the only three countries in Europe in which over 10% of the population have red hair suggests that the gene may come from the peoples’ Celtic origins.

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Hilarious song by Tim Minchin fights back for gingers everywhere

People with red hair have sometimes been the victims of cruel teasing and bullying about their hair colour, especially in school.

Flame-haired Australian comedian Tim Minchin finally decided enough was enough, and wrote a brilliant song to fight back for gingers everywhere.

The song, named Prejudice, is a hilarious warning to all non-gingers out there, that “only a ginger can call another ginger ginger”.

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‘Ginger gene’ could keep you looking young

Scientists believe the ‘ginger gene’ could be key to a study on why some people keep their youthful appearance as they get older.

Images of more than two and a half thousand faces were judged to assess how old people looked and then the DNA of those that appeared younger than they actually were was studied. All the evidence pointed to the MC1R gene – which is the gene responsible for skin pigmentation and hair colour.

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So that’s where our red hair comes from

For years Irish people, along with the Scots, have been associated with red hair, fair skin and freckles.

Celtic people have carried the ginger gene for centuries but it has always been unclear as to where it actually originated.

A study carried out in Spain on the gene evolution of 1,000 people offers an interesting theory.

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Red heads more likely to become company CEO – blonds not so lucky

Red heads are more likely to become the CEO of their company because their flamed hair makes them more recognisable and memorable to their bosses, according to a recent study.

The news will be of some comfort to many ginger haired people who may have suffered bullying or discrimination in their lives.

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Why do many dark or fair haired men have ginger beards?

Researchers in Holland believe they may have worked out why it is that so many men grow ginger or red beards even though they don’t have red hair.

It is to do with a mutated gene as well as the fact that the genes that determine a man’s beard colour are not necessarily passed on from the same source as the genes that determine their hair colour.

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TV star causes Twitter row after sticking up for gingers

TV star Jake Wood has taken to Twitter to strike out at the bullying and prejudice faced by ginger haired people.

The EastEnders actor is a familiar face on Irish screens and is considered a heart-throb by many fans.

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Ed Sheeran gives happy couple first wedding dance to remember

A happy couple were given a first dance as husband and wife to remember as music superstars Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid took to the stage to perform for them.
The wedding took place at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel and it was McDaid’s sister Brid who was making her vows along with new husband Sandy.

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Ed Sheeran covers Wild Mountain Thyme and The Parting Glass

Ed Sheeran has paid tribute to his Irish roots by performing covers of two traditional Irish songs.
Sheeran has previously revealed that he has Irish heritage, with his paternal grandparents originating from Co Wexford.

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Exhibition of redheads at Cork Airport

An exhibition celebrating red-haired people from around the world will be unveiled at Cork Airport next month.
The attraction will feature hundreds of pictures taken by local photographer Jorg Koster.