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Ireland was inhabited thousands of years before The Celts ever were mentioned on the mainland of Europe and there’s far more evidence of them and other ‘visitors’ than any Celts in Ireland.

New Discovery Pushes Back Date of Human Existence in Ireland by 2500 years

“Archaeologists have been searching for the Irish Palaeolithic since the 19th century, and now, finally, the first piece of the jigsaw has been revealed. This find adds a new chapter to the human history of Ireland,” said Dr Dowd.

A remarkable archaeological discovery in a Co. Clare cave has pushed back the date of human existence in Ireland by 2,500 years. This discovery re-writes Irish archaeology and adds an entirely new chapter to human colonisation of the island – moving Ireland’s story into a new era.

Radiocarbon dating of a butchered brown bear bone, which had been stored in a cardboard box at the National Museum of Ireland for almost 100 years, has established that humans were on the island of Ireland some 12,500 years ago –2,500 earlier than previously believed.


Since the 1970s, the oldest evidence of human occupation on the island of Ireland has been at Mount Sandel in Co. Derry. This site has been dated at 8,000 BC, which is in the Mesolithic period, indicating that humans had occupied the island for some 10,000 years.

However, new analysis of the bear patella – or knee bone – originally found in Co. Clare in 1903 gives us undisputed evidence that people existed in Ireland during the preceding Palaeolithic period at 10,500 BC, some 12,500 years ago.

This is a major breakthrough for archaeologists who have spent decades searching for earlier signs of human occupation on the island.

The discovery was made by Dr Marion Dowd, an archaeologist at IT Sligo, and Dr Ruth Carden, a Research Associate with the National Museum of Ireland.

Egyptian Princess in Kerry.

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Did you know it is said an Ancient Egyptian is buried in Tralee in Co.Kerry Ireland,called Princess Scotia or Meritaten in her Egyptian term,and she was the is buried in a glen in Tralee Co Kerry (of which I included a picture).Irish Egyptologist Lorraine Evans wrote a book of which I have called “Kingdom of the Ark”.I highly recommend it not because anyone asked,but because it is fascinating and highly interesting.Here is what Lorraine Evans has said They call it the Kingdom, And if one expert is to be believed, they have every right to.
For Lorraine Evans says the people of Kerry are descended
from the Pharaohs of EGYPT. Egyptologist Lorraine Evans reckons the dark features and melodic sing-song voices of many Kerry folk can be traced back to the arrival of warrior Princess Scota, a Pharaoh’s daughter who arrived in Kerry around 1,500 BC.
The controversial theory has started a huge row among,historians. But Lorraine insists that with DNA testing, she can prove her theory. She says the princess fled north Africa, and settled with her army of royal retainers, soldiers and slaves along the coast of Co. Kerry more than 1,000 years before the arrival of the first Celts in Ireland.
The Egyptologist trawled through ancient Irish manuscripts which provide graphic accounts of the people who lived in prehistoric Ireland.
During her research she came across. numerous references to a mysterious Princess Scota who was described by early Irish scholars as a dark-skinned daughter of an Egyptian king. Said Lorraine: I trawled through ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts which revealed that Scota’s real name was Meritaten who was a half-sister of Tutankhamun. “Little else is known about Princess Scota, except that she fled her homeland and went into exile in 1500BC as a result of a bloody internecine dynastic feud, a date which roughly coincides with ancient Irish accounts of her mysterious arrival in Ireland.”
As further proof of Lorraine Evan’ astonishing theory a body discovered in the hill of Tara in the 1950s of a young chieftain who wore Egyptian- blue faineance beads, has been carbon dated to 1450 BC.
It indicates that he died 50 years after the arrival of ancient Egyptians in Ireland.
Now Lorraine is trying to get permission to take DNA samples from the Tara body and pharaoh mummies to see if a’ racial link can be established. She maintains: “Princess Scota and her army overcame the native Irish and later went on to become the rulers of ancient Ireland.”
But west Kerry mythology indicates that technologically advanced Egyptian, invaders may have been routed by equally advanced natives in brutal fighting.
The area is littered with hundreds of ancient fortifications, many dating from bronze age era 1750 BC-500 BC, the time of the Tuatha De Danaan.
Scholar Seamus Moriarty suggests that there is enough evidence to indicate that a huge invasion fleet of foreign invaders – maybe Egyptian – was vanquished at Ventry Harbour, near Dingle Town in Kerry, after an epic battle.
Thereafter, he thinks the defeated Egyptians later settled down and assimilated into the population.
A theory which would explain similarities between west Kerry Gaelic and the ancient Egyptian tongue. Tuatha De Danaan built the giant grave at Newgrange, but
they declined around 500 years BC when overcome by hordes of crazed Celtic invaders.
Princess Scota, it’s thought, bore children in Ireland and her name, lived on long after she was slain in battle.Modern DNA testing could unravel the entire mystery once
and for all. For Lorraine Evans it will be a defining moment.

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Irish tradition musician and storyteller Peter O’Connor welcomes you to tour his native land and discover some hidden gems together – along with some real culture.

Peter works as a tour guide or also can drive ALL categories of buses, so can work as driver guide too. And he always brings one or two instruments with him on tour …. just in case!

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Poulnabrone Dolmen, Co Clare
Your host Peter O’Connor at the 7,000+ year old Poulnabrone Dolmen, Co Clare