In the middle 5th century, it was a dangerous time to be alive in places such as Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Gaul (France). Tribal warfare had run rampant in these parts of the world for hundreds of years. Crimes such as robbery, rape, kidnapping and slavery were everyday life for the people who lived here. It was a time where few men knew God, and the sword of evil dripped with the blood of the innocents all over the land.
It was in this dark time when a light was born in Ireland. A boy who was once captured by Irish pirates when he was 16 from his home in Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. He would later grow up to become a Christian missionary and bishop of Ireland. His name was Saint Patrick and he is known as the "Apostle of Ireland," and one of the patron Saints of the Irish. (more…)
By Sir Godfrey Higgins - The festival of the twenty-fifth of December was celebrated by the Druids in Britain and Ireland with great fires lighted on the ‘tops of the hills. This festival was repeated on the twelfth day, or on what we call the Epiphany. In some parts, the fires are still continued. We have not now remaining any documents to inform us what amongst the British Druids was the object or name of this festival, but perhaps we may gather it from circumstances.
The order of Druids, I scarcely need observe, was as common in France as in the British isles. Christmas in France is called Noel; this word is, in fact, the Hebrew 0r Chaldee word nule. But if this be in the Chaldee dialect, the last letter may be emphatic, as it is in the word mlc-e, the kings. In this case, it may mean the parturition]; or, it may be simply the verb pariri, to bring forth. In Irish, Christmas Day is called Nolagh. (more…)
(SOURCE: RT) - Irish DNA originates in the Middle East and southern Russia, from where settlers brought ceramics and cattle as well as the genetic features of brown hair and blue eyes, scientists have discovered.
Scientists from Belfast and Dublin have analyzed remains found in ancient tombs in Ireland to get a broad picture of migration to the country.
They used genetic evidence from the body of a woman who lived around 5,000 years ago and was buried near Ballynahatty, close to Belfast, and the remains of three men who lived between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago in Country Antrim.
Based at Trinity College Dublin, the experts traced ancient migration patterns using a method called whole-genome analysis, which examines where people came from genetically rather than at their personal DNA characteristics.
In my last article on the mythology of the hidden meaning of the Jack-o-lantern, I explained how this was really an ancient gnostic story that was developed by the Phoenician-Hebrew Druids who were known biblically as the children of Jacob (Jack). It is a tale of the as within as without gnosis, in which Jack roams the dark countryside with a lantern in search of his soul with the light of his spirit.
It was in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and other countries where the Druids had observed during the dark autumn nights a mysterious phenomenon of lights shooting from the swamps and marshes. These lights burned blue and gave the appearance of spirits rising from the swamps into the air where they would roam and disappear.
There is also a mysterious science behind these gnostic myths that may indicate to us today exactly why the Druids had developed this story of the Jack-o'-lantern. After all, the Druids were the sacred science keepers and priests of Europe who had valued knowledge and truth above all other worldly attributes. (more…)
It was at this time that all royal and Catholic owned land was confiscated and given to English and Scottish settlers. Many of the Old Irish and Catholic who had opposed English rule and or were a threat were either massacred and or as in this case, they were forcibly moved to a faraway island.
From the Sun Sentinel: "Mountains, villages and scenic sites bear names like St. Anthony`s, Sweeney`s Well, Kinsale and Potato Hill. (more…)
The Ulaid or Ulaidh (singular Ulad or Uladh), were a people of early Ireland who gave their name to the Irish Province of Ulster. They were also known as the Picts (Painted People) of Ireland and Scotland. The Kings of Ulster were of the Ulaid and Dál Riata who were a branch of the Érainn, also known as the Darini of Ptolemy, which is another name for the Ireland (Érin) royalty.
These Semitic people had migrated to this land from the East approximately 2,700 years ago and are descendants of the Phoenicians and Greeks, who we also know of today as the Hebrews. Another Ulaid related group were called the "Northern Ui Neill" who rose to power in west Ulster at a later date. They appear to be Vikings who had subjugated or united with the ancient royal families of the Ulaid.
On the other side of the world, there is another tribe with a very similar name to the Ulaid and Ui Neill. They are called the Ouled Nail (Ouled Nayl or Arabic: Awlad Na'il), who are a Berber people that are said to have originated in the "Montes des Ouled." Their territory is in the Saharan Desert in Algeria, from Biskra to Jelfa. (more…)
By Frederick Lawrence Rawson - Danu or Donu seems to have been considered by the Goidels or Gaels as the ancestress of the gods. The Goidels, according to the most generally accepted theory, arrived in Britain between 1000 B.C. and 500 B.C., whilst the Brythons or Brittones seemed to have appeared about the third century B.C. Their descendants are the more modern Gaels and Cymry.
Some of the principal figures in British mythology are called sonsand daughters of Don—such as Arianrod, daughter of Don, also called daughter of Beli. Britain, according to a Welsh triad, was known as the "Honey Isle of Beli." Bilhah was the mother of Dan. (Gen. 30, ver. Cr. 6), and Bela was the eldest son of Benjamin, whose four sons, Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, and Jerimoth were mighty men of valour (I. Chron. 7, ver. 6 and 7, and 8, ver. 1). Probably the surname "Bill" is the modern equivalent. (more…)
"It is certainly no coincidence that the Irish Gaelic word Dun or Dunn means "Judge," just as Dan does in Hebrew!" - Raymond McNair
The ancient connections between the Irish Tuatha Dé Dannan and the Greek Tribe of Dan have been documented all throughout history. The "History of Ireland," in the Peabody Institute, states that the residents, prior to the Tuatha De Dananns, were descendants of 5,000 people from Greece called Foibalges. The next to appear, about 717 B.C., under a king called Nuad, were the "Tuatha De Danann," said in Irish to be "the tribe ofDan.
This makes sense since the old people of Ireland were once named after their tribe as the Dan-onians, and the most famous Irish ballad is forever immortalized after this tribe in the song "Danny Boy."
The true Irish saga of the tribe of Dan, "a serpent by the way," is a fascinating "trail" of waymarks along the path of this tribe's journey. These waymarks are the signs and symbols that the Tribe of Dan had left in all the places they had travelled and conquered such as Ireland. They gave their name to many places that were known biblically as Mahaneh Dan ("Camps of Dan"). In Ptolemy's map of Ireland we find Dan's- Lough, Dan-Sowar, Dan-Sobairse, Dan's resting place, and Dan's habitation, and Dan-gan Castle (the birth-place of the Duke of Wellington). (more…)