Irish DNA Research Project
Can you help us map the genetic history of Ireland?
Living DNA, working with the world's leading academics, scientists and genealogists are seeking your help.
Together we are looking to map the world's genetic ancestry to the finest scale possible, one where we identify patterns of DNA within countries.
The academic team who were involved in the landmark publication “The fine-scale genetic structure of the British population” are now looking to extend the level of genetic detail within Ireland.
Our preliminary research indicates at least a dozen areas of Ireland that may have distinct genetic differences.
If you're lucky enough to be Irish, this is where you come in.
What are the criteria?
In order to map the worlds DNA in the finest resolution possible we are looking for people whose grandparents were all born within 50 miles / 80km of each other.*
* The Living DNA team quality check each sample to ensure it meets the identified criteria. If you don’t qualify you can still take a Living DNA test and get all the benefits that comes with.
Two Ways to take part
If you meet the criteria of having all four grandparents born within 50miles/80km of each other then;
- Transfer your autosomal DNA raw data from another provider, free of charge (23andME, Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA and others)
- Take a Living DNA test at a special project price.
If you do not meet the criteria you can still help the project by taking a regular priced Living DNA test and indicate for your results to be used fo research, this will help us with validation.
How you benefit
If you transfer your DNA, then as well as helping the One Family project, you will also benefit from the ability to find out how you match other people in the project and in the wider Living DNA database which potentially allows you to discover relatives you did not know about.
For those taking a DNA test for the first time you will benefit from free genetic matching, as well as receiving your Motherline (mtDNA) and Fatherline (yDNA) haplogroup migration routes. You will also receive your ethnic breakdown results which will evolve and grow as the project unfolds. Additionally you will get full access to useful tools for genealogy.
With expert Irish genealogist guidance
Gerard Corcoran, regional director for ISOGG in Ireland, and other leading genealogists including Dr Maurice Gleeson are helping with local administration and support for our Irish DNA Research Project. These partnerships extend our collaboration with leading academic and scientific experts ensuring the most robust processes are followed.
Living DNA Research Cluster Groups
Our initial reserach indicates the following clear genetic clusters.
- Northwest Ulster (Northern Ui Neil)
- Northeast Ulster (Ulster)
- Central Ulster (Oriel)
- South Ulster (Breifne)
- Northern Connacht
- North Leinster (South Ui Neil)
- Central Ireland (Kildare)
- Southern Connacht
- Northwest Munster (Thormond)
- South Leinster (Leinster)
- Northeast Munster (Ormond)
- South Munster (Desmond)