For what it is worth, I spent a number of years attempting to track down “The Last Druid in Ireland”. In doing so, I used a criminal forensic model to link together all “last sightings”, visited most of the recorded sites (well over a hundred of them) and applied phenomenological techniques whilst at them, I delved into both folklore and ancient tomes (with the assistance of experts in “Old Irish” language – script and oral), read much of the available literature (academic and popular), and spoke to dozens of experts of every description (conventional, esoteric and local informants). Every fragment and gleaning was collated together in a geographic timeline. The most viable locations were visited repeatedly, armed with cartography, formal archaeological reports, mythical references, dowsing equipment etc. Sadly the laptop (with back-up card) was nicked and I only have assorted fragments left on emails etc. to go by.
The long-and-short of this, was that the last “possible sighting” was around a thousand years ago.
Assorted possible “lineages” still exist through families associated with bardic / legal / medical / religious / “other reputational” heritages.
Logically, there are descendants of Druids about today. If we had DNA samples from a confirmed “last Druid”, we would undoubtedly be able to track down their current-day progeny. Interesting experiments in this regard were carried out in a national experiment called “The Blood of the Irish”. Some 3 million Irish folk can be traced to Niall of the Nine Hostages through the Y-DNA pattern of the M222 sub-clade.
So, yup, its probable that there are millions of “people of Druid bloodline” in the world today.
But a genetic linkage is not the same as a cultural heritage. And even less so of an “expertise heritage”. “Gifts” / “Powers” / “The Sight” may well have been passed down through the years. Plenty of people have attributions of being “Fey”, having “Sixth Sense”, are prescient, have healing abilities, are adept in unusual skills, or are a “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”.
I’m familiar with cultures where “Magical Professions” still ply their recognised trade. But even those people who are “visited” by special attributes need to undergo rigorous training / initiation before being recognised as practitioners. In this regard druidinthemist may find it interesting to research the concept of “Thwasa” to make sense of their experiences.
So establishing a nexus between current day Druids and “real Druids of Old” will always be problematic. By my (albeit, amateur) reckoning there is about a 700 year gap in “Druid heritage” followed by some 300 years of Druid “reconstruction”.
A final comment. I note the use of the word “Groupthink” in threads above. WHAAA HA HA – that is the LAST thing OBOD needs to worry about!!! This fractious bunch of Druidy types absolutely thrive on diversity, scepticism and contention! And long may that last at this sad time of spiritual thought control. Keep on posting, druidinthemist. You may be challenged, but you can do whatever feels right for you.