Armenians and Irishmen – Interesting Facts and Modern Connections

Today, only 15 families live in Ireland, and the history of the country is closely related to Armenians. According to the research of Professor Donovan Sullivan, in antiquity, Semites and Aryans lived together in the mountains of ancient Armenia. There, they could have been directly connected to Celts and Homers (the tribes of which lived on the northern coast of the Black Sea).

Assyrians and Canaanites have been perfectly aware of those Homers. At the end of the 13th century, there have been both conflicts and unities between the nations. The Celts didn’t care to leave any trails of their triumphs, but their more careful opponents used them and attributed the victories to themselves.

In cuneiform inscriptions, in particular, the Behistun inscription, Rowlinson has frequently encountered the name Gumiris. In addition, the first mention of the people who would later spread across Europe were discovered in the Armenian Highlands.

Today, many researchers point out the similarities between the Armenian and Celtic crosses as well as the occurrence of the first khachkars in Ireland. Trying to discover the origins of the crosses, scientists hypothesized that the prototypes of the Irish crosses should be looked for in other Christian countries.

The trails led them to Armenia, where during the excavations of the buried Tigranakert in 2005, 5 analogs of the Irish crosses were discovered. Thus, the issue of the origins of the crosses has changed drastically. Such scientists as Patric Voulsh and David Ross actively work on the question.

David Ross is engaged in the study of ancient Celtic languages. He discovered striking similarities between it and the Armenian language, “Today, we have the opportunity to study many of the Armenian Highlands’ regions, where the Indo-European language family formed. Unfortunately, the majority of the studies have started not so long ago, but we are sure that we will soon be able to see the bigger picture.”

A geneticist from the Oxford University Professor Oppenheimer presented the results of the fresh genetic research in various regions of Armenia. The study demonstrated that the population of the Syunik province and the Republic of Artsakh share a specific genetic characteristic with the Irishmen.

Unfortunately, the absence of strong relations between Armenia and Ireland do not allow researchers to realize their scientific and other projects. But the scientists from Dublin have done the first steps towards their goal.

Interesting facts

  • Leading Armenian organizations in the US actively cooperate with and have close connections to one of the oldest Irish organizations, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). Until 1968, AOH has been considered the most influential lobbying organizations in the United States.

Such known individuals as US Presidents Richard Nixon, John Kennedy, and Bill Clinton have been members of AOH. AOH has managed to receive the official support of the US in the Ireland’s efforts to achieve independence.

  • In 2009, the first Armenian-Irish forum took place in the US. This was the beginning of the cooperation between the Armenian National Committee of America and AOH.

Sources:

The CBS of National History (UCLA), Bernardo Lasa — Balaresque, Patricia; Bowden, Georgina R.; Adams, Susan M. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle — Online Medieval and Classical Library – «The island Britain is 800 miles long, and 200 miles broad. And there are in the island five nations; English, Welsh, Scottish, Pictish, and Latin. The first inhabitants were the Britons, who came from Armenia, and first peopled Britain southward» (http://omacl.org/Anglo/part1.html). David Ross -«Irish Aryan Origins», Jacob Gazarian — «A journey from Armenia to Ireland»


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  1. Absolutely fascinating. The similarities between Armenian Khachkars and Celtic crosses have always interested me. Looking forward to more findings.

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