Ireland could be about to make "Da Vinci Code" history with a new claim that Jesus spent his "missing years" there.

Irish American scholar and film-maker John McCloskey says he has found evidence that Jesus studied in Ireland.

McCluskey, an Irish American author, actor, producer and sometime historian has produced – at his own expense – what he calls the most explosive story ever to have come out of the old sod.

Jesus was a student in Ireland, McCloskey argues, where he spent years studying the Greek classics and the sacred mysteries of the Hellenic faith that would one day inform his teaching.

Eight years in the making, McCloskey’s sensational new documentary, "When The Goddess Ruled The Earth," tells what he calls the untold true story of the origins of Christianity and of the Irish themselves.

“I’m not suggesting the entire Irish population is out of Greece or Macedonia, but certainly the cult of the Goddess that thrived across Ireland is certainly Greek in origin, and out of Greek-Hellenic period,” McCloskey said.

A long forgotten exodus allowed the classical Greek world to extend itself far beyond where anybody thought, up into Ireland McCloskey argues. Based on carvings of the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone, which he claims are clearly visible on a Neolithic cairn in Loughcrew, Co. Meath, McCloskey has found a conclusive link between Ireland and Greece.

“I support everything I say with research. It can all be confirmed by the evidence that I supply in my film.”

McCloskey says that the goddess depicted on the Loughcrew cairn is Demeter, Zeus’ wife, and Zeus’ sign and Apollo’s sign are clearly depicted on stones in the Cairns central chamber.

McCloskey says that Irish archeological experts have persisted for decades in misidentifying famous Irish sites like Newgrange and Loughcrew, saying they were from the Neolithic (late Stone Age) period. The truth is they belong to the Hellenic period, McCluskey says.

“They (the Irish Government) have allowed archeologists to make the claim that these sacred sites are Neolithic, but you’ll notice they never invest their own reputations in it. The archeologists who restored Newgrange in the 1960s claimed it was Neolithic – and they had some grounds to do that - because there are similar Cairns along the French coast, but it was a mistake, and it hasn’t been rectified.”

McCloskey says that the implications of his theories would be  “vast and overwhelming.”

“First of all the Irish would know what every human being is entitled to know: what their true ancestry is. The Irish come from noble and illustrious background, from the ancestors of Alexander the Great and Phillip of Macedonia.

“The second thing is that Ireland now houses the only known temple that discloses the Elysian mysteries that Plato and Socrates spent their lives praising and wondering about. The third thing they would discover is that Jesus himself was educated there. There’s absolutely no reason why Jesus wouldn’t have been in Ireland during those missing years.”

“I worked for 10 years putting it all together piece by piece, day by day. This discovery changes philosophy, it changes religion, it changes perspective in any number of ways.”

The key to it all is the Cairn at Loughcrew, known as Cairn number 9, or “the gem of the world,” as McCloskey calls it. Christianity found its origin there, he says.

“Somebody told me that it was a tomb. I could not believe it. I think that enlightenment will come. This documentary film about the Cairn and what it really means unlocks the secret and benefits the world in ways that are only starting to be shown.”

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