Dear Neil (Fulton) et al:
That info was from O'Connor's _History_ so I'll have to hunt up my notes ...
But he was far from isolated in his insistence of the Scythian/Phoenician
links for the Scots/Gaels.
Would it not have been possible for the Phoenicians to have been a geographic
movement of the Scythians into the Canaanite territory??? And once they took
to the sailing ships, they obviously became highly mobile. Their eagerness
for trade and their fascination with mining are legendary. The traditional
stories of their use of the Scilly Isles and the Cornish and Somerset mines
(Cornish tin, and Somerset 'Mendip lead') are well known in the West Country.
No doubt the Irish had their preferred trading industries also!