My intent is to get at actual happenings. Still, these note will be imperfect.
The ancestors of the Irish came from someplace else. All our ancestors from some other place in time.
It seems good to begin our investigations by looking at a specific area and time. Let's start by drawing and outline which is both broad and within identifiable limits. We may reasonably Begin by suggesting that the Mediterranean and Iranian polities are well thought of as a single historic unit. That is we might benefit by looking at the Achaenid, Parthian, and Sassanid as we have tended to look at classical Greek and Roman. So, we have a starting place.
A way to approach the above historic unit might be from what we know of the great Indo-European Expansion.
The Celts who migrated to the Irish Island where part of that expansion which I'll say began about 6000 years ago. The Celtic part of those migrations, which might be said to include the Celtic-Iberians, and the Hallstat Culture, continued through the Bronze Age of about 3000 BC to past 1000 BC, and on through the Iron Age of, say, about 800 to about 600 BC. My guess is that I had ancestors in Ireland well before 800 BC. In this paragraph we begin to identify the western part of the Indo-European movement.
There were people in Ireland well before 4000 BC. Besides those people in Ireland, the Basques, the Georgians, the Etruscans, as well as Semitic, Hamitic, And Finnish peoples predate, in more or less their present locations, the Indo-European expansion.
The Basque are now largely found in the western Pyrenees. Place-name, blood-group, and now probably, DNA evidence indicates that the Basque occupied not only all of what is now Spain, but also much of what is now France. This distribution corresponds with the historic peoples known as Iberians. The few inscriptions left by the Iberians are usually, and reasonably taken as being ancestral to the Basques. We are still unable to read those inscriptions.
There are mysteries and mys tries in our history.
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