Limerick DNA project provides blueprint for Irish family history

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Pictured at the Global Limerick DNA event which took place recently in Mary Immaculate College as part of Heritage Week were: Dr. Cathy Swift, project collaborator; Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Diaspora Affairs; Prof Michael A Hayes, president of MIC; Brian Hodkinson of the Limerick Museum and John King of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC). Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A genealogical project pioneered by Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College that uses DNA to trace the genetic history of Limerick families may serve as an inspiration to other Irish communities on how to engage with their heritage, according to Minister Jimmy Deenihan.The Minister for the Irish Diaspora was speaking at the recent launch of the ” Global Limerick DNA Project which, according to Mary Immaculate College (MIC) President Michael A Hayes, “celebrates the families of Limerick through time, both at home and abroad”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The project, led by Dr Cathy Swift at MIC, is the result of a collaboration between Mary Immaculate College, Global Limerick, the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC) and Limerick Museum.The aim of the project is to bring together the historical and genealogical research already collated by the many Limerick experts in these areas, and to examine them in the context of the latest discoveries in Y-chromosome DNA to research the genetic history of Limerick families and communities both here and abroad.Y DNA tests play a very important historical tool which, according to Dr Swift, can help rewrite our entire history as a nation.She explained: “Y DNA tests can help show how our island population grew, intermarried with newcomers and dispersed across the globe, bringing you past the ‘brick wall’ circa AD 1800 when many genealogical sources dry up.”These latest techniques, according to Dr Swift, provide an opportunity to investigate family ancestries in detail, enabling the discovery of information not only about those relatives who share a common surname, but also the lost stories of relatives whose surnames have fallen off the family tree – people forced to emigrate because of the Famine or through economic necessity and whose ties with Ireland were broken.John King of IARC said the project “is seeking to find and communicate with anyone who has an affinity with Limerick city or county wherever they are across the globe”.An exhibition explaining the history of family surnames in the Limerick area and the nature of genetic genealogical research and DNA analysis was on display at the event and is now available to view in the IARC offices in O’Connell Street. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLimerick DNA project provides blueprint for Irish family historyBy John Keogh – September 4, 2015 1735 Linkedin Previous articleLimerick hoteliers welcome growth in overseas visitor numbersNext articleLimerick student’s design wins Dyson award John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSDr Cathy SwiftGlobal Limerick DNA ProjectlimerickMary Immaculate CollegeMinister JImmy DeenihanProf Michael A Hayes Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Pitch battle as Reus ends goal drought in Dortmund win

first_img0Shares0000Ground for concern: Moenchengladbach’s Raul Bobadilla with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 18 – A brilliant first-half strike saw Marco Reus grab his first Bundesliga goal since May to secure a 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday in a match played on an atrocious pitch.The two teams were forced to play on a highly uneven surface in Moenchengladbach after recent poor weather had badly-affected the pitch at Borussia-Park. There were chances for both Lars Stindl and Raul Bobadilla early on, but the pitch remained the focus of attention, as Andre Schuerrle appeared to slip and hurt himself.Schuerrle recovered to set up Reus as Dortmund took the lead against the run of play on 32 minutes.Picking up a pinpoint long pass from Mario Goetze, Schuerrle squared the ball to Reus, whose dipping shot glanced off the crossbar on its way in.“I actually wanted to hit it further to the left,” Reus told Sky. “But the main thing is that the ball went in. We had to scrap today, and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”Reus has missed most of the current campaign with a cruciate ligament tear, and had not been on the scoresheet for Dortmund since scoring a brace on the final day of last season.Jannik Vestergaard found the net for Gladbach just before half-time, but was judged to be offside by the video assistant referee.Thorgan Hazard should have equalised moments later, darting into the box from the left wing before slicing the ball wide.Gladbach continued to push forward after the break, chances falling to both Denis Zakaria and Matthias Ginter before Sokratis denied Bobadilla with a goal-line clearance on 55 minutes.Day of delight: Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger celebrates the winning goal © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZAs the second half wore on, Roman Buerki was forced into a string of saves, denying Stindl, Bobadilla and Nico Elvedi to keep Dortmund ahead.At the other end, Reus saw his fizzing half-volley beaten away by Yann Sommer.Earlier in the day, Mario Gomez’s goal was enough to secure a first away win of the season for Stuttgart, and inflict a first home defeat since October on Augsburg.The veteran striker gave Stuttgart the lead just before the half-hour mark. After Erik Thommy’s free-kick was blocked by the defensive wall, Gomez pounced on the loose ball and swept it into the bottom corner.Michael Gregoritsch appeared to equalise for Augsburg ten minutes later, but he too was correctly ruled offside after a two-minute long consultation with the video assistant referee.Only a superb save from Marwin Hitz stopped Stuttgart from doubling the lead on 65 minutes, the Augsburg goalkeeper denying Gomez from point blank range.“We should really have won by three or four goals today,” Gomez told Sky. “But we showed amazing character, and we’re going in the right direction.”The win lifts Stuttgart four points clear of the bottom three, while Dortmund move into second ahead of RB Leipzig’s visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Clemson Football Tweets Hype Vine For Notre Dame Game Featuring Drake And Future’s “Big Rings”

first_imgQuarterback Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The No. 12 Clemson Tigers host No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday night in Death Valley. It promises to be a raucous environment for a crucial match-up for both team’s prospective College Football Playoff hopes. Clemson tweeted out a hype vine earlier this afternoon featuring quarterback DeShaun Watson and other Tigers donning headphones while lines from Drake and Future’s song “Big Rings” play in the background. The lyrics that are heard –“What a time, to be alive/You and yours, vs. me and mine”–are appropriate for the upcoming showdown.What a time to be alive… What a time to be a Tiger. #NDvsCLEM #ALLIN  #Clemson https://t.co/mu4rnARHAG— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 28, 2015 This game is shaping up to be a good one. The Tigers and Fighting Irish square off at 8 PM EST on ABC Saturday night.last_img read more

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Minister Henry Tours JIS Television Dept. New Building

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lester Michael Henry, who has responsibility for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), toured the building designated for the agency’s Television Department at 5-9 South Odean Avenue, Kingston 10 recently. The project to transition the television department from analogue to fully digital will shortly advance to the relocation phase as the refurbishing aspect is nearing completion. The next stage, which will be tackled in the coming quarter, includes labelling, packaging, procuring and moving the agency’s archives, library material and equipment. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lester Michael Henry, who has responsibility for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), toured the building designated for the agency’s Television Department at 5-9 South Odean Avenue, Kingston 10 recently.He was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe; Project Leader; and Director of Corporate Services, Errol Gardner; and the management team to assess the progress of the refurbishing work.Mr. Henry, who was meeting with the team for the first time, said he was pleased with the infrastructure and the new technology that the JIS, the Government’s premier public relations agency, has sourced and will be using at the location to enhance the dissemination of government communication.“I think this new facility will have a significant impact on the communication flow, as you are putting in new equipment, moving into the digital age, while creating and getting information to the public at the base,” the Minister said.“I’m very impressed with the new facility…and with the layout, I think the JIS is preparing itself for the tasks ahead. There seems to be an ease in the flow of people and connectivity of the different units of JIS TV, and, therefore, it augurs well for enhancing the communication process,” he added.The Minister gave the team a history of Jamaica’s development and progress in communication in which he participated, particularly as Minister of State for Culture (1983-1989).Mr. Henry stressed the importance of identifying, protecting and managing intellectual property to capitalise on its financial benefits.The project to transition the television department from analogue to digital will shortly advance to the relocation phase as the refurbishing aspect is nearing completion. The next stage, which will be tackled in the coming quarter, includes labelling, packaging, procuring and moving the agency’s archives, library material and equipment.“The new location will definitely boost staff morale as it is more spacious and will be technologically driven.  We will be operating with a seamless work flow that is integrated,” Mrs. Rowe said, while she briefed the Minister. Story Highlights “I think this new facility will have a significant impact on the communication flow, as you are putting in new equipment, moving into the digital age, while creating and getting information to the public at the base,” the Minister said. last_img read more

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Is Vegas Underrating The Warriors

2013Heat66-16✔ 1997Bulls69-13✔ 1987Lakers65-17✔ 2011Bulls62-20 1994Sonics63-19 1992Bulls67-15✔ 2004Pacers61-21 2008Celtics66-16✔ Our NBA playoff projections, which are based on a version of Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi’s Real Plus-Minus ratings (RPM), give the Golden State Warriors a 48 percent chance of winning the NBA title. Other statistical systems hold the Dubs in similarly high regard: The playoff probabilities at Basketball-Reference.com give them a 47 percent chance of winning a ring, and John Hollinger’s playoff odds put their chances at 38 percent.Gambling markets are more skeptical of Golden State. According to PredictWise, which compiles odds from Betfair and removes the “vig” (house cut), bettors have the Warriors with a 27 percent chance to win the title. And a number of sportsbooks consider LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers to be the title favorites.So here’s a gut-check. The Warriors, with a 67-15 regular-season record, are the top overall seed and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. How often does the top overall seed1That is, the team with the best regular-season record, plus whatever tiebreakers apply. win the title?The answer — since the NBA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams in 1984 — is 45 percent of the time, almost exactly the chances RPM assigns to the Warriors. The top seed has won 14 titles in 31 attempts. 2012Spurs50-16 2001Spurs58-24 2000Lakers67-15✔ 2006Pistons64-18 YEARTEAMREGULAR-SEASON RECORDWON TITLE 2005Suns62-20 1990Lakers63-19 1991Blazers63-19 2003Spurs60-22✔ 2007Mavericks67-15 2002Kings61-21 2010Cavaliers61-21 1986Celtics67-15✔ 1998Jazz62-20 1984Celtics62-20✔ 1989Pistons63-19✔ And the Warriors, with 67 wins, are better than your average top seed. Since 1984, nine other top seeds have finished within two games of the Warriors’ regular-season win total (somewhere between 65 and 69 wins). Those teams went 7 for 9 in winning titles. In contrast to the single-elimination NCAA basketball tournament, the best-of-seven format in the NBA playoffs has historically allowed elite teams to rise to the top.We certainly do not recommend you naively trust statistical systems ahead of the handicappers. Vegas is really tough to beat. Gamblers can account for all the information in systems like RPM — plus whatever other data they think is relevant, like postseason experience or how teams match up with one another or the San Antonio Spurs beating the odds again and again.Still, we’re a little more likely to give credence to complex systems like RPM when they’re also able to pass simple gut-checks like this one. 1985Celtics63-19 1996Bulls72-10✔ 2014Spurs62-20✔ 1988Lakers62-20✔ 1999Spurs37-13✔ 1995Spurs62-20 2009Cavaliers66-16 1993Suns62-20 read more

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Dotting the i Offensive line doing just fine according to OSU

The Buckeye offensive linemen run practice drills before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes _ 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorCo-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner received criticism from across the Ohio State fan base following a disappointing offensive showing against Penn State. Occasional vanilla play calling mixed with receivers not getting open, a lack of a clean pocket for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and only two touches for junior H-back Curtis Samuel were all grounds for fan panic on Saturday.Although the team still finds itself at No. 6 in the latest AP poll, the Buckeyes looked vulnerable across the offensive front last Saturday. While a change might seem to be imminent, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the team is keeping the same look moving forward. “I don’t think we played our best game,” he said. “Conversations about any personnel changes usually go on today. I don’t foresee that. But we need to improve.”Notably, sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled against James Franklin’s defense, failing to bend his knees and react to twists from defensive ends and linebackers. So far this season, Prince had been performing at a high level, and looked as though he was filling in well as a starter.All that progress seemed to come crumbling down in State College, Pennsylvania, as the sophomore had an extremely tough go. Regardless of the struggles, redshirt junior guard Billy Price said he would stand by his teammate no matter what, and ripping on Prince would solve none of the Buckeyes problems.“It’s not attack Isaiah by any means, because I’ll go to war for him right now,” Price said. “I have no problem with it. I won’t sit here and allow someone to knit-pick him. He and I, we’re going to get better. There’s no doubt about it.”In all, OSU allowed well over 10 hurries along with six sacks, both numbers well above the season average. After keeping defenses at bay for most of the season, the Buckeyes had a proverbial leak from Wisconsin turn into a flood against Penn State in terms of pass rush.The problem with sacks has come mostly on the road. This year, OSU allows just a half a sack per game while at Ohio Stadium. However on the road, as the team was against Penn State, the Buckeyes surrendered three sacks per contest.Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said this week has been all about righting wrongs and doing a better job at creating a solid pocket while also creating wide-open running lanes for the running backs.He also said the team has not focused on just the sack issue, but anything the coaches and the offensive line could think of, and said there were a few things the team could take away from the loss.“Just really focus on the details and remembering what it took to get our program to the way it is,” Elflein said. “And not taking that stuff for granted; the way we prepare, the way we practice. Everything, all the little things.”Warinner said the problems are spread across the entire offensive line, and not just with Prince. He extended the challenge of improvement to his entire team, as well as singling out “The Slobs” for a rough game.“Everybody needs to get better,” Warinner said. “Isaiah’s working on the things he needs to get better at. We’ve addressed those, and he’s not the only person that has areas that they need to improve. We just didn’t do enough good things.”Although the team has been criticized for its lack of production for multiple weeks, Meyer remained adamant that there would be no personnel changes or offensive overhauls. In his mind, the problems are all about execution.The Buckeyes’ coach said a losing performance and a poor showing is sometimes necessary for the team to grow.“Life lessons and football lessons are learned,” he said. “As a coach you really enjoy watching guys grow up obviously. Get kicked in the teeth, you don’t enjoy that. But that’s also part of the game.” read more

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Sluggish start a distant memory for Ohio State hockey team

Consistency and composure have been key for the resurgence of the men’s hockey team.Through their first 20 games, the Buckeyes fell short of lofty pre-season expectations, and the team stumbled into winter break searching for answers. But given a chance to recharge the batteries, the Buckeyes returned to practice with a renewed vigor.“I want to think we’re not the same team we were in the first half [of the season],” coach John Markell said. “So far we’re proving that. We’re being the team we can be.” Markell credits some of the Buckeyes’ first half struggles to injuries.“People think we didn’t sustain big injuries. We did,” Markell explained. “We are finally dressing the team we thought we had and that team is starting to play up to their capabilities.”Having a healthy squad has brought stability, experience and composure, which has led to instant results. Since the Buckeyes have returned from their midseason break, they have won three of their four conference games and four of five overall. This after a first half in which the team won only five of 14 conference games.“I feel like we’re setting a pace that is pretty good,” assistant captain Sergio Somma said. “We’re playing more consistent than we were before the break and we feel pretty good about that.”The Buckeyes will need to remain consistent as they host No. 10 Ferris State this weekend. It is the second straight week the Buckeyes will face a Top 10 opponent. The team just returned home from visiting then No. 10 Michigan State.Ferris swept the Buckeyes in the teams’ first series this year in Big Rapids, Mich. “In their building, they had momentum,” Markell said. “The crowd got into it and our guys got a little intimidated. Our emotions got the best of us.”The Buckeyes had built a 4-1 lead in the second game of the series but were unable to hold on. “We took a couple of bad penalties at the wrong time,” Markell said. Those penalties allowed Ferris State to get back into the game and eventually win 6-5 in overtime.The Buckeyes’ increased composure has helped them to avoid similar penalties and allowed the team to remain poised in tough situations. One such situation emerged last Saturday, when the Buckeyes were in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes surrendered a game-tying goal with just 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Somma said despite losing the lead, the team was able to remain calm and continue to play its game.“We felt like we were playing well and working hard, and if we kept playing the bounces would go our way,” Somma said. The bounces did go the Buckeyes’ way as they went on to score two goals in the final 1:07 to win 4-2.Afterward, players said their ability to not lose focus after Michigan State tied them was key in earning the victory. “We did a lot better job controlling our emotions,” Markell said. The Buckeyes’ ability to keep their emotions in check is something they obviously lacked the first time they met Ferris State.“After the first half of the year, the guys are doing a better job of playing for each other,” Markell said. “The finer points of the game are where we seem to be coming together. But that will be tested this weekend, and we hope the good parts of our game will test Ferris State.”The Buckeyes face off with Ferris State Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Eriksson agreed Iraq deal

first_imgSven-Goran Eriksson agrees on a deal to join Iraq.The former England boss has agreed on a deal that will see him become the head coach of the Iraqi National team, according to Sports Mole.Eriksson who spent five years as the coach of the English National team is currently out of a job after leaving Chinese outfit Shenzhen FC in June 2017.Reports in the UK papers suggest Eriksson met with the Iraq Football Association last week to discuss terms over becoming their head coach and he’s now on the verge of being appointed as their new boss following positive talks.The Swedish tactician who also managed the likes of Lazio, Manchester City, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Leicester City has spent the last five years in China.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Iraq are currently ranked 89th in the current FIFA world rankings after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.Iraq will begin their Asian Championships campaign on January 8 against Vietnam.Iraq will be hoping Sven-Goran Eriksson can lead them to the next FIFA World Cup which takes in Qatar in 2022.last_img read more

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Declan Rice can become a West Ham great says Zabaleta

first_imgDeclan Rice has the potential to become one of West Ham’s greatest players and should sign a new contract, says teammate Pablo ZabaletaThe teenage midfielder has under two years left on his existing deal, but West Ham does still have the option to extend it by another 12 months.Talks over a contract extension have been ongoing since April with no agreement having been reached.Zabaleta, who has played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero throughout his playing career, sees a great deal of potential in 19-year-old Rice.“He has the right ability and attitude to become of one of the greatest players for West Ham,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports.“West Ham need to think about his situation because even though he is young he looks so mature and he is proving week in, week out he can perform for the team.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“As a team-mate, for me he is one of those young players that you like to look after and help with all the information you can give him.“You try to help out as much as you can, but then, of course, there are people who make decisions in this club about contracts and all those things and there is nothing I can do about it.“He has more to learn but all the players need to look after him and keep his feet on the ground because even at the age of 19 or 20 and you play two or three good games in this league, you attract attention from everyone.“There was all the stuff about the Ireland and England football teams and you have to know how to manage those situations. But it is important for his family and the players around him to look after him.”Rice has started in three of West Ham’s six Premier League games this season.last_img read more

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Rose revealing mental health discussion can help other players

first_imgFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland insists Danny Rose revealing his mental health can help other players.He also believes players talking about their mental health should be a norm.Before the World Cup which took place in Russia earlier in the summer, the Tottenham Hotspur defender revealed he dealt with a period of depression in 2017 after suffering a serious knee injury and the death of his uncle.It is highly uncommon for a high-profile footballer still involved in active football to speak out on their mental health issues, but former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland hopes Rose’s comments can help give other players confidence to come out and speak.When asked if he thought Rose was brave to comment on his depression, Kirkland said to Sky Sports: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Yeah I do, but that should be normal. Just because he’s a footballer, he shouldn’t not be able to do that.”“That should just be normal now and, hopefully, it will give other players the confidence to do that because there are many, many players who are struggling and won’t come out.”“But hopefully if one more does come out from that, that’s what we’re doing it for.”Kirkland who also played for Wigan Athletic and the England national team also revealed how his battles managing his mental health started and how it affected him on a daily basis.last_img read more

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