18 Aug 2022

Kilkenny people wanted for Irish DNA project

Kilkenny people wanted for Irish DNA project

A new Irish DNA project has been launched - hoping to find local people who have all four grandparents born locally to donate their DNA for a new database.

The exciting new DNA projec twill  help map the genetic history of Ireland. The Irish DNA Research Project, led by British ancestry firm Living DNA, is appealing for individuals with four Irish grandparents all born within 80 kilometres (50 miles) of each other to join this pioneering project by taking a simple DNA test.

By focusing on people whose grandparents were all born in close proximity, the team aim to build up the most detailed and accurate regional map of Ireland’s genetic history – prior to the mass migrations of the 20th Century.  

In particular, the team is keen to find qualifying people from the   13 regions of Ireland in particular  Kilkenny in Leinster.

To encourage suitable people to come forward, the first 10 qualifying individuals from each of these regions to register will receive a free ancestry DNA test and lifetime membership to Living DNA – worth €159.  Any subsequent qualifying participants will be able to claim a 30% discount off the test and lifetime membership.   

Qualifying people who have already had their DNA tested can transfer their results to the project free of charge and receive a complimentary lifetime membership to Living DNA.

You can check out their stand at the Back to Our Past at RDS, Dublin this weekend .   To find out more about the project, visit:

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