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The DNA of the Giants of Mid Ulster (Jan 2023)

The story of the famous 18th Century Irish giant known as 'Charles Byrne' has been in the news recently.

No DNA? No problem! (Oct 2022)

Research at Irish Origenes has revealed that about 15% of Irish surnames are exclusive to a single location within Ireland.

Pinpointing Patrick Duffy's (Dallas fame) Irish Origin

Patrick Duffy Kilmovee, County Mayo July 2022One of my enduring memories of growing up in the 1980’s in Ballymun in Dublin, Ireland was the theme tune from the TV programme ‘Dallas’ (in Dublin we had 4 TV channels, reduced to 2 i

How our DNA is rewriting the history of Ulster

Irish Origenes Plantation Surnames of IrelandIntroduction (May 2022)

From Gaul to Irish Gael to Scots Gael to Lowland Scot to Gaelic Irish!

A commercial ancestral Y-DNA test ONLY explores the paternal line, and it can therefore be used to pin one’s direct male ancestors to specific locations at specific time points in history.

Feranokelle (O'Kelly Territory)

'When he came to Tyrconnell the inhabitants took off his head, because they would not have their country discovered.' Such was the fate of the English Map Maker 

Pinpointing your Irish Origin 'DO IT YOURSELF' You Tube tutorial!

Irish and Scottish DNA compared

Irish and Scottish Origenes Y-DNA Case Studies and reconstructed ethnicity mapOct 2021. Scotland and Ireland are close neighbours, and it is no surprise that commer

New Website launched dedicated to the Origenes Maps!

Irish and Scottish Origenes have launch a NEW FREE website ( dedicated to the Origenes maps series, where one can zoom in and

The benefits of SNP testing!

(Updated December 2021) When commercial DNA testing began it focused completely on Y-DNA STR testing. While Y-DNA STR results can routinely be used to pinpoint a paternal origin


English Origenes

Scottish Origenes