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Kerry People "Came from Egypt"
By TOM PRENDEVILLE

 

An Irishman's Home Is His Pyramid?

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 Pharoahs of EGYPT. And - that includes the men who lifted a record 32nd Ail-Ireland Gael Football crown last weekend (Oct 8,2000). Now heroes like Maurice Fitzgerald and Liam Ilassett could be asked to take part in a unique genetic fingerprint experiment to prove it's all true. 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 Pharoah'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. - FLED - 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. - Invasion - 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. Irish Sunday People, Rathfarnham Road,Dublin 6 October 15,2000, Pg 29