So a while back I read Charles Vallancey's "A Vindication of the Ancient History of Ireland." In it he makes some pretty interesting links between Irish literature and Iranian literature. Of course Bob X the "go to guy for linguistics" around here has warned me that a lot of Vallancey's work is pseudo-linguistic in contrast to what we know today. One etymological relationship Vallancy points out and is often cited even in recent literature is the connection between the national designation Ireland and Iran. BX sounds pretty sure of himself that the Eire prefix which developed into Ireland or the earlier Irish form Eran does not share the same root as Iran or earlier form Eran or even earlier Airyanam in the language of the Airya "Aryans" and that Eire actually developed from the Greek form hyper + borea. BX's explanation doesn't sound unlikely, but in "Indo-European Poetry" M.L. West points out explains that the both the name Iran and perhaps the Irish form Eire developed from the same root as the Zoroastrian Airyaman akin to Airyanam and mentions other possible cognates in other Indo-European languages including Irish like the Irish Eremon, the name of Odin iormunr, Ol Norse Iormungandr "the world serpent" Old English eormencyn "mighty race" and he also mentions something which reminded me of what Vallancey was saying. He mentions an Irish man "who drove the Tuatha De Danann, the people who stand for the old gods in Irish mythology, underground. He was the legendary first king of the sons of Mil, the Goildelic Celts, that is, in our terms, of the first Indo-Europeans in Ireland (unless the earlier Fir Bolg represent a prior settlement of 'Belgic' P-Celts). This reminded me of Vallancey because he put forth that the battles fought mentioned in Irish literature actually took place nearer in proximity to Iran or Iran at a time when Iran was called Eran by the Parthians and that this is where the term Eran is actually derived. J. Makkay says Danae and her son Perseus recall the names of iranian tribes, the Turanian Danavas and the Persians. Similarly, Vallancey links the Tuatha De Danaan to the Turanians mentioned in Irano-Afghan literature who worshipped the Daeva or gods and who were at war with the Zoroastrians. Finally, the "Book of the Taking of Ireland" actually mentions one Persian in particular, Xerxes. But that's not all. The chronological account of events it lists is as such: "ARIUS, the fourth king of Assyria, had thirty years, and Ireland was under the children of Partholon during that time. The birth of Isaac son of Abram in his, and the death of Reu when when he was king....XERXES, who was called Baelus, the sixth king of Assyria, had thirty years. In the thirteenth year of his reign Abram died." - Trans. Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister, The Book of the Taking of Ireland, pg. 37 Partholon sounds like it could be akin to the national designation of the Parthavan "Parthians" especially if the v/l allephone can be explained. Partholon was the son of Sera which brings to mind both Zerubabel and Zoroaster. But the the most striking thing about this chronology is that it describes a much more contracted timeline for when Abram "Abraham" actually lived. It places Abraham around the same time as Xerxes.