> Therefore, I find it somewhat tart that academia resist so strongly the
> insistance of a Scythian ancestry (Phoenician dialect) for the Irish,
Well, I hardly count as part of `academia' (you should have seen the
raised eyebrows as I explained to my supervisors how easy dowsing is!), but
this is one point where I'll agree with them. A Phoenician dialect of Scythian
is a meaningless concept - as far as anyone can see, Scythian was an
Indo-European language related to Iranian, while Phoenician is from the
Canaanitic branch of Semitic - and the thought that either should be at the
root of Irish is utterly bizarre.
Note that I'm only questioning the philological side of the argument
here. I don't think anyone would want to deny that the Phoenicians traded with
various peoples on the Atlantic coast of Europe.