72Carew, Mairéad. Tara and the Ark of the Covenant: A Search for the Ark of the Covenant by British Israelites on the Hill of Tara (1899-1902). Dublin: Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy, 2003, pp. 24-5.

The author adds: "Despite George Petrie's comments that 'the probability is much stronger that the Milesian queen owes her name and even her very existence to Temur than Temur [owes] its to her', the British-Israelites got their 'uninterrupted story of Tea Tephi’ from the translation by Petrie of an eleventh-century poem written by Cuan O Lochain.".

[Bregatea was] a meritoriour abode,
It is heard that it was once a high abode,
[Where lies] The grave under which is the great Mergech,
The burial place, which was not violated.
The daugher of Pharoah of many champions,
Tephi, the most beautiful that traversed the plain.
(Petrie, George. "On the History and Antiquities of Tara Hill." The Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 18, 1839, p. 133.)

Carew notes that an 1877 story in the British Israelite publication "The Banner of Israel" claimed that the 'Tara Goblet' [perhaps the Ardagh Chalice], has 'pure Hebrew characters engraved upon it'. "From a British- israelite perspective any 'Celtic' artefact could be ascribed a Hebrew provenance." (p. 52)

According to Charles Totten, it was not St. Patrick but rather the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant which caused the banishment of snakes from the island:
Personally I attribute this legend as to Ireland's immunity from venomous reptiles to a far earlier incident to wit the arrival of Jeremiah in Ireland about 565 BC bringing with him not only the Lia Fall and the regalila of the Davidic line but principally the Ark of the Covenant. (Totten, Charles A.L. The Land and Legends of Innis Fail. New Haven: The Our Race Publishing Company, 1905, pp. 25-6.)