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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Batting for longer periods important going forward – Johnson

first_imgAFTER securing a comprehensive win over their opposition in the first of two 3-Day practice games, Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson said batting for extended periods is the main criterion heading into the next game.Johnson led a mixed team with a few of his regular teammates from the Jaguars setup who won the Regional 4-Day title for five consecutive years. Johnson’s men overcame a spirited performance from the Anthony Adams-led XI, who at one point had a 100-run plus lead over them.Due to the experience of their marquee players like Anthony Bramble, who made a second-innings unbeaten half-century, spinner Devendra Bishoo who grabbed 4 wickets in the 1st innings and pacer Keon Joseph who bagged a 5-for in the second, Johnson had flashes of brilliance from some of his main weapons ahead of the 2020 Regional Day.Johnson told Chronicle Sport yesterday, that he was highly impressed by the way his bowlers went about their business. He said that the intention to take wickets and keep the opposition at manageable totals was also crucial, as they will need to work on their tactics of restrictions and wicket-taking when the season commences.“I think we had a decent performance with the ball because the guys haven’t played 3-Day in a while, so much credit to the bowlers. While we did well with the ball, our batting was still a bit rusty,” said Johnson.Johnson, who has played 9 Test matches for the West Indies with a pair of half-centuries under his belt, has been a bit rusty himself with the bat, but acknowledged that batting for longer phases is key in a batsman’s progression to peak form.With the second and final game set to bowl off tomorrow, the left-hander said it was crucial for all the batsmen including himself to place more emphasis on batting more responsibly as well as looking to rack up good minutes out in the middle.“Going forward I want us to focus on batting for longer periods. In the first practice game the guys put their heads down in the 2nd innings, because losing wickets had set us back in the first innings. So right now it’s about playing longer innings while looking to improve in our batting and playing longer innings,” Johnson ended.The Jaguars will be engaged in their final practice game from tomorrow, before preparing for the Regional 4-Day which bowls off Thursday, January 9. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers head to New York to face Syracuse

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is heading to New York this weekend to take on the Syracuse Orange.The Badgers and the Orange haven’t visited each other in almost a decade — the last time these two teams met on the ice was in 2008. During that fateful matchup, the Badgers managed to walk away with two victories, crushing the Orange 3-0 and 8-0 over two days of game play.Wisconsin women’s hockey remains undefeated after weekend series against MercyHurstThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been on a roll lately, and this weekend was no exception as Read…Obviously, much has changed. This time, Wisconsin has managed to garner a grand total of five WCHA post-season titles, four WCHA regular season titles and two national championships.In comparison, the Orange have been struggling a little bit to acquire the momentum needed to make it to a NCAA Frozen Four series. Although 2008 was the founding year of the Syracuse team, the Orange have struggled to accumulate a College Hockey America regular season or postseason title.The Orange have not managed to start this season off well, with their first series against Bemidji State University resulting in a tie and a loss. During the second night of their series, the Beavers managed to sweep the Orange by a grand total of 5-0, which does not bode well for this Syracuse.On the other hand, Wisconsin has been having an excellent start to their season thus far. The Badgers are currently 4-0 this season, looking at finishing out their non-conference season, at least in October, with a bang.Wisconsin has been proving themselves as a dominant team this year, and that is largely due to this year’s freshmen and sophomore class. With the upperclassmen comprising a little less than half of the team this year, it is important the underclassmen are capable of holding themselves during their first few weeks of collegiate play.Women’s hockey: After disappointing 3-0 end to season, Badgers looking to rebound in a big wayAfter a disappointing end to their 2016-17 season, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is looking at an uphill Read…And that is what they have managed to do. Not only has this underclassmen group helped Wisconsin remain undefeated so far , but they also assisted UW in earning the first place national ranking this season, after the Badgers started their season out at number two.Wisconsin has also been successful thanks to their goaltender Kristen Campbell. Campbell, who transferred to UW after the University of North Dakota canceled their women’s hockey program, has already left her mark at Wisconsin.Campbell has held UW opponents back to only two goals this season, and has earned two shutouts during her time in net. She is showing signs of promise as the Badgers are looking at beginning their WCHA season later this month.The Badgers and the Orange will meet on the ice Friday at 3 p.m. CT and Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. Fans can keep up with the game via UW Athletics who will provide stats and, of course, find a recap here on the Badger Herald after the end of the second game.last_img read more

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