Quote Originally Posted by Soten View Post
The darker features of the Welsh, Irish, and all the Britons is a long standing characteristic of the islands. If it were the case that the Romans brought these traits, we would be looking at a massive invasion of Mediterranean peoples in the Roman era
The roman empire never reached Ireland, in fact it was so untouched by Roman civilization that they didn't have cities, extensive road systems etc by the time of the Viking age. In a sense, Ireland, is the epitome of the Celtic world much like Scandinavia is to the Germanic world.