Irish people in Jamaica

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Irish Jamaicans
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Marcus Garvey
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Total population
Estimated 25% of Jamaica's population

Irish Jamaicans are Jamaican citizens who trace their ancestry from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Irish people are the second-largest reported ethnic group in Jamaica after African. Population estimates range from three-hundred thousand to seven-hundred thousand, making Irish Jamaicans to constitute up to 25% of Jamaica's population. Most Jamaicans with Irish heritage also have African ancestry.[citation needed] Historical Irish immigration to Jamaica occurred primarily through importation of Irish slaves after the Irish rebellion of 1641 and also constituted the second-largest recorded ethnic influx into the country. Some Irish slaves in Jamaica were indentured, but most were complete chattel slaves imported by the tens of thousands by the English.[1]

Notable Jamaicans of Irish descent[edit]


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