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.
How you can help the Irish Genetic Study
If you are lucky enough to have four grandparents that were all born within 80KM (50Miles) of each other, then you are exactly the type of person we need. There are two ways you can help the project:
1. Take a new test with Living DNA at a special rate* and you will get full access to our systems including over 21,000 YDNA markers and over 4,200 mtDNA markers and access to your raw genetic data. You will also be able to see your ancestry at different points in history, before your ancestors came to Ireland.
2. If you qualify and have already had your DNA tested then you can transfer your existing autosomal raw data to this project, free of charge. You will receive a lifetime membership to Living DNA Ancestry including further analysis on the DNA data you provide.
* The first 10 people from each region to register with us and qualify to be part of this pioneering project, will be given a free ancestry test and lifetime membership to Living DNA (worth €159). Subsequent qualifying participants will be able to claim our test for 30% off and lifetime membership.
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
- 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)