From the pen of Noble Muur Seba Demani:
Why is St Patrick Day so important to the Irish?
The story of St Patrick is one of Christianity’s victory over Celtic traditional religion, which was a form of religious expression that retain many Afrikan elements. Why do I say Afrikan elements, for two reasons: we know their religious practices contained Nature worship; there existed many deities that were communicated with through rituals; the use of sacrifice was fundamental, animal and supposedly human; they believed that the soul survived death; reverence for the sun; and they believed in reincarnation. (Often the Celtic religion is refereed to as Druidism, named after their priesthood and religious leaders.) And all these ideas can be found in traditional Afrikan spirituality. You say, well, they can be found in the spiritual beliefs of other people as well, and I would agree. However, we know that the Afrikan phenotypes were still present, perhaps even dominant, among the early Celts because the Greek historian Ephorus of Cyme (c. 405 BCE) reports that the Celts were Blacks or Ethiopians, and the Roman senator and historian Tacitus wrote in 80 AD, that many of the Celts and Picts were as dark as Ethiopians. It is interesting that Ephorus and Tacitus writing nearly 500 years apart both describe the Celts as Ethiopians. Now this is not what we envision when we thinks of the Red-haired white-skinned Irish. But both linguistic and genetics supports the claims of these two ancient writers.
According to Celtic historian, Father O’Growney, the original Celts came from Iberia, and they were eventually supplanted by the Gauls, who emanated from the area around present-day Belgium. We are able to connect the Iberians or the Basques and their language to the Niger-Congo languages. In fact, Dr. C.J.K. Cambell-Dunn has established that the language spoken by the Basque was a substratum of the Niger-Congo languages. He has found that the Niger-Congo and Basque languages share personal pronouns, numerals and vocabulary items. Next, there are genetic ties between the Basque and Niger-Congo speakers as both groups share SRY10831.1, YAP, M2,M173(xR1a,R1b3), E3*-P2, E3b2-M81, haplogroups, which originated in western North Afrika or central West Afrika.