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Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

Back in the winter of 2013, Ireland and the world were gripped by nine days of near hysteria following the discovery of three blonde-haired, blue-eyed children with Roma parents. Two children were taken into care here in Ireland and one in Greece (2018)

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