Please read: http://jrbooksonline.com/pob/pob_ch01.html
A serious hypothesis. The Irish Celts themselves trace their origins to Asia Minor (where both Phoenicians and Hittites civilizations flourished.) Certainly, this analysis lends support to the advocates of a Semitic origin of Western culture like Martin Bernal (read his two-volume book "Black Athena"), rather than the absolutely racist idea that European culture spontaneously generated itself on the Eastern Greek islands of Crete and Rhodes, without any link to the Western Asian coast a mere few miles away. Note that even the racists of Western academe do not deny that Greek civilization came out of the "eastern" islands, thus admitting a link because of proximity to the Near Eastern coast. Not to forget Carthage and its Phoenician heritage...but that's another story.