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Ancient Ireland #1

A long history indeed


                             by

                         HERMON HOEH
                from his Compendium of world
                           history



THE HISTORY OF IRELAND

At first thought it may appear unusual that the Emerald Isle
should have a recorded history far older than Rome. There is a
reason.
Unlike Italy, for example, which for centuries felt the ravages
of foreign invaders who drove out, in successive waves, each
predecessor, Ireland remained under the continuous dominion of
one people. Irish history begins, not with the Tower of Babel,
but at the end of the flood. Irish history is the only literature
which specifically connects Israel with its past. It has long
been assumed that late monks invented this relationship under
Catholic influence. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Catholic influence elsewhere never associated the ancient world
with Israel -- except the obvious case of Egypt. And in Ireland
the Catholic monks did their best to make it appear that Ireland
was not settled by Hebrews at all, but by Magog! This Irish
"myth" had its origin among the Catholic monks.

HOW CONFUSION AROSE IN IRISH HISTORY

The history of Ireland under the Milesian kings has come down to
us in two forms -- a short and a long form. The long form arose
out of an attempt to make Irish history conform to the faulty
chronology of the Septuagint version approved by the Roman
Catholic Church. The Domestic Annals were artfully expanded to
make it appear that Irish history commenced centuries earlier
than it did in fact. The task of the monks was rendered easy by
an unusual circumstance.
Under the Irish kings, Ireland was divided into several kingships
or countries. Each country had its own sovereign who was related
by blood to the other royal families. Among these contemporaries
there was constant strife. First one branch, then another, gained
the ascendancy and held the supreme office over Ireland.
Whichever king sat on the throne in the supreme office became
known as an Ard-Riga or Arch King. As each King usually ruled
much longer over his own kingship or country than as Arch King,
he would have a longer and a shorter length of reign. At times
there were disputed claims to the Arch Kingship, and also joint
reigns. Each of these factors made it easy for certain later
monks, who followed the Septuagint, to alter and expand the
official record.

The original and correct history of the Milesians in Ireland has,
however, been preserved unaltered only in the Domestic Annals,
the official history of ancient Ireland. They may be found in
O'Flaherty's Ogygia. They have been reproduced in French in
A.-M.-H.-J. Stokvis' Manuel D'Histoire, volume II, pages 234-235.
The early history of Ireland, from the flood to the coming of the
Milesians, may be found in Geoffrey Keating's History of Ireland,
but his chronology is not always correct. In the following tables
the Irish spellings have been generally preserved, including the
unpronounced "h's" indicative of aspirate sounds, a Hebrew
affinity.

THE FIRST 1000 YEARS

According to Irish history the first claim to Irish soil was made
by Nin mac Piel -- that is Irish for the Assyrian king Ninus, son
of Bel or Belus. But no permanent settlement was established.

Ireland remained generally uninhabited for about three hundred
years after the flood -- ...... -- records Keating (p.114). In
2068 Parthalon and a band of Hebrew warriors arrived from the
Greek world and established a settlement at Inis Saimer, a small
island in the river Erne, at Ballyshannon. Thirty years later --
2038 - Parthalon died and the land was divided between his four
sons; Er,Orba,Ferann, and Fergna (p.120) (p.118).
Twenty years later (2018) a plague befell the settlers.
The settlers were exterminated, save for those who fled.
After 30 years of desolation -- 2018-1988 -- the remnant
that fled returned to Ireland and continued to inhabit
it for another 250 years until 1738. The total time which
the family of the Parthalonians inhabited Ireland was 300
years -- from 2068-2018 and from 1988-1738. Keating records
that at this time another catastrophe came upon the
Parthalonians, possibly at the hands of Phoenician
Formorians. Keating quotes (p.118) a poetic record:

     "During thirty years, full told it lay desolate, without
     warriors brave, When all its hosts died in one week
     In flocks upon Magh-n-Elta."

No Irish historian professes to know when the Formorians came to
Ireland.
This second period of thirty years' desolation -1738-1708 --
puzzled Keating. He doubted there were two 419 similar periods of
the same length, though his sources  preserved the fact that
there were indeed two.
A second and related wave of migrants came into Ireland from
Scythia.  Irish annalists often have been laughed at because they
picture these migrants sailing from the Black Sea to the North
Sea through what is now European Russia. Such "poor geography"
was in fact the same geography of early classical writers, who
mentioned the early ease of sailing the same route. This
geography is not unusual when it is recognized that the Pripet
Marshes in Russia were once -- in the centuries after the Flood
-- a vast lake connected by rivers to the Black and North seas!
The migrants from Scythia at this period were called Nemedians,
after Nemedh, the leader of the expedition. They dwelt in Ireland
for 216 years -- 1708 1492. During much of this time they were
reduced to slavery under the Formorians. A part of the Nemedians
fled to Grecian Thrace to escape the oppression (p.126). They
returned to Ireland 216 years after the Nemedians first reached
the shores of Ireland. Upon their return they bore the epithet
Fir-Bolgs, a name derived from the circumstances of their
oppression while in Grecian Thrace.

The Fir-Bolgs set up a kingship upon their conquest of the
Formorians. From Keating a list of Fir-Bolg rulers may
be obtained (pp.131-132).

Thirty-six years after the Fir-Bolgs returned to
Ireland -- 1456 -- the first small migration of the
Tuatha-De-Danaan occurred. This was during the time of
the Wandering in the Wilderness under Moses. The total
length of Danite dominion in Ireland before the coming
of the royal house of the Milesians was 440 years -- 1456
1016 (p.168).
Keating quotes the ancient poet:

     "Forty years above four hundred,
     There were, since came the tribes of Dana Across the straits
     of the great sea,
     Till Miledh's sons first heard dread Ocean His music beat on
     Eri's shores."

By other reckonings the Danite dominion was much shorter -- only
197 years -- that is, from 1213-1016. This second migratory wave,
in 1213, was in the days of Barak and Deborah -- 1233-1193, when
"Dan abode in ships" (Judges 5:17). Deborah and Barak had
delivered the children of Israel from Jabin, king of Canaan,
whose military strength lay in Hazor and Syria. Jabin lorded it
over Israel for 20 years -- 1253-1233 -- before his defeat. The
Irish annals speak of this oppression. Keating records that while
the tribe of Dan dwelt in Greece:

     "It happened that a large fleet came from Syria to make war
     upon the people of the Athenian territory, in consequence of
     which they were engaged in daily battles.... As to the
     Tuatha-De-Dananns, when they saw the natives of the land
     thus vanquished by the Syrians, they all fled out of the
     country, through fear of those invaders. And they stopped
     not until they reached the regions of Lochlinn
     (Scandinavia), where they were welcomed by the inhabitants.
     on account of their many sciences and arts.... When they had
     remained a long time in these cities, they passed
     over to the north of Alba (Scotland), where they continued
     seven years in Dobar and Iardobar" (pp.136-137)."

Keating continues (p.139):

     "When the Tuatha-De-Danann had remained seven years in the
     north of Scotland (or Alba), they passed over to Ireland and
     landed in the north of this country."

Many Monkish tales were later told about the Tuatha-De-Danann to
make it appear they were a fabulous people. When the tales of
magic are dismissed the truth is plain. The Tuatha-De-Danann of
Keating's History were none other than the tribe of Dan, and the
invaders from Syria were the armies of Jabin king of Canaan!
The kings who bore rule for 197 years over the Danites in Ireland
are found in O'Flaherty's Ogygia, in Keating's History of
Ireland, pages 142-146, and in vol. II of Stokvis' Manuel, page
232.

THE  COMING OF THE MILESIANS

The ancient royal houses of Ireland and Scotland, and later of
England, are derived from the Milesian Royal House that conquered
Ireland in 1016. The Milesians were named after Miledh, or
Milesius, of Spain, whose sons conquered Ireland and ruled over
the Danites. All the migrants from Parthalon to the Milesians
were distantly related to each other. The most famous ancestor of
the milesians was Eibher Scot -- Eber of Scotia, of Scythia -
identifying the Milesians as sons of Eber, or Hebrews. The
children of Eber early settled in the regions of Scythia, and
gave their name to Iberia, a region in the Caucasus in Classical
tines. The generations between Eber and Milesius are not
completely preserved in any Irish annals - the records are
complete only after the coming of the Milesians to Ireland. A
late fictitious genealogy going back to Magog arose in monkish
times from the known fact that Hebrews once dwelt in Scythia,
which was also inhabited by Magog.

A key to the line of descent may be found in the symbols used to
designate various branches of the Milesian Royal House. Examples
are the Crimson Branch, the Red Branch, signifying the line of
Zarah from Judah. Zarah, at his birth, appeared with red thread
about his hand. He was expected to be born first, but after his
hand appeared, and the thread wound about it, the other brother
Pharez came unexpectedly are summarized by Keating on p. 173. The
final migration, under Milesius, was from Egypt, via Thrace to
Spain. This was shortly before the expulsion of the Hyksos in
1076 of this period of Milesius in Egypt, Irish records declares"

     "At this time, there was a great war between Pharaoh and
     the king of Ethiopia. Pharaoh made Miledh the commander
     of his army, when he had estimated his bravery and valor,
     and sent him to meet the forces of Ethiopia therewith.
     There then ensued many engagements and conflicts, between
     the forces under the command of Miledh and those of the
     Ethiopians. In these he was so successful that his fame and
     renown spread through all nations, whereupon Pharaoh
     gave him one of his own daughters to wife...." (Keating,
     p. 176).

     "Hiledh at length remembered... Ireland was the land
     in which it was destined that his posterity should obtain a
     lasting sovereignty. Upon this he fitted out three ships,
     supplied them with crews, and took his leave of Pharaoh.
     lie then set sail from the mouth of the Nile, into the
     Mediterranean, and landed on an Island near Thrace."
     (Keating, p.177.) 

After further migrations the prince landed in Spain to join
members of the family he had left behind years before. In Spain
he died. There followed a scarcity of food in Spain for about 26
years according to Irish records (p.179).

According to the Domestic Annals a consequent invasion of the
Irish coast was planned to relieve the pressure from the drought.
It occurred in 1016, near the end of the reign of David king of
Israel. The invasion was successful. The Tuatha-De-Danaan were
forced to accept the new line of Royalty. The realm of Ireland
was now divided between the two surviving sons of Milesius -
Ebher and Ghedhe the Ereamhon (or Heremon). This Ghedhe, the
Heremon, has often been mistaken by the British Israel World
Federation for another king of later fame also called
"the Heremon" in Irish bardic literature. Heremon or
Ereamhon is a title, which, in the case of Ghedhe, came to
be used as a personal name.

Of this Ghedhe the Heremon, brother of Eber, the Annals of the
Four Masters reads: 

     "Tea, the daughter of Lughaidh, son of Itha, whom Eremhon
     married in Spain." 

This Tea is an altogether different person from the Tea who came
more than four centuries later to the Irish Isles. The British
Israel World Federation has confounded two different events,
separated by over four centuries, simply because it was and is
unwilling to believe the history of Ireland as it is plainly
recorded. The Tea who married Ghedhe the Heremon was a daughter
of Lughaidh, the son of Ith, uncle of Miledh (also spelled
Mileadh). That is exactly what Irish history records. These
events occurred in David's reign, not Zedekiah's. What did happen
after Zedekiah's reign will be made plain shortly.
The brothers Eber and Gede the Heremon founded a town after
gaining possession of Ireland. To be the new capital of Ireland,
they named it Tea-mur, the town of Tea. At different times in
history it has borne other names, the most common being Tara (cp.
the Hebrew word Torah, meaning "Law").

DID DAVID VISIT IRELAND?

Even to this day another of the names of the old site of Tara has
been preserved: Dowd's Town -- which means literally David's
Town. The name is found attached to an area three miles north of
Tara Hill (see B.M. Ordnance Survey maps, Ireland, 91, 101). Is
it possible that David king of Israel visited Ireland and Tara
toward the end of his life?

At the time of the founding of Tara shortly after 1016 an event
occurred involving a beautiful woman who was "sorrowful to a
harlot." The passage, quoted in the poem of Cuan O'Lochain
(Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy. vol. xviii, 1839, and
other works), has never been fully understood. It can hardly
refer to Tea who had long been married to Gede the Heremon. But,
if David gave his daughter Tamar in marriage to Irial, the son of
Gede, then all becomes clear. Tamar had been violated by her
halfbrother. She left the scene of the unfortunate event in a
torn garb and remained unmarried in her brother's Absalom's
house. See II Samuel 13. It was not until after the death of
Absalom that David was free to depart for Ireland, very probably
to give his disconsolate daughter in marriage to a prince of the
line of Zarah.

JEREMIAH GOES TO IRELAND

Now we come to one of the most remarkable events
in history -- the joining of the lines of Pharez and Zarah in
Ireland after the fall of Jerusalem in 585 B.C.

The Bible records God as saying that David would never lack a
descendant to sit on his throne. Now consider, all of Zedekiah's
sons were slaughtered before he was carried to Babylon. But his
two daughters escaped with Jeremiah. Part of the story of how the
line of David through Zedekiah continued has been preserved in
Masonic tradition, and well known as recently as one century ago.
Remember, kings and royalty of Britain have commonly been Masons.

According to this Masonic tradition, a Prince Eochaid of Ireland
came to Jerusalem several years before 585. He was present during
the siege. This Eochaid (meaning Knight) was none other than
Oilioll Olchaoin, the son of Siorna Saoghlach mac Dian called the
Heremon. Eochaid was blood royal of the Milesian Zarah line.
After the fall of Jerusalem he married Zedekiah's daughter, named
in the Masonic tradition Tea Tephi, of the Pharez line. They fled
in 585 with Jeremiah and Baruch to Egypt.

The last Biblical record places them in Egypt. Masonic tradition,
however, traces their journey to Ireland. Irish histories relate
the arrival of a royal party in 569 B.C. (See The Irish Prince
and the Hebrew Prophet, New York, 1896, pages 137-145). The
arrivals included Prince Eochaid, his wife Tea Tephi, their son
and a prophet called Ollamh Fodhla and his scribe Baruch. When
they reached Tara, Eochaid was proclaimed king since his father
had just died. A description from the Masonic tradition reads:

     "Jeremiah had joined the hands of the prince and princess
     over the sacred stone (lia fail) ... and commanded the
     blessing of Israel's God to rest upon the throne of David."
     (The Irish Prince and the Hebrew Prophet, page 139).

This ceremony was not the marriage of Eochaid and Tea Tephi but,
the symbolic joining of the lines of Zarah and Pharez.

THE MILESIAN KINGS

                               ............

TO BE CONTINUED

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