Research Topics

Irish Migration
UPDATED 2020 Humans first arrived in Ireland around 10,000 years ago after the last ice age. It is believed that their... More
Analysis of Sullivan Surname
UPDATED APRIL 2020. Approximately 66% of the present population of the Island of Ireland are descendants of ‘Native... More

You are here



Irish Origenes Presentation in Coleraine November 2013

It was with great pleasure that I gave a talk to the Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society (

First MURPHY Y-DNA Case Study Added!

About 1 in every 100 people in Ireland is called Murphy.

Irish Origenes Magazine Articles and Scientific Papers


Feb 2014: 'How To Find Your Genetic Homeland' in Family Tree Magazine (Full article can be read here)

Oct 2013: ‘What Can Your Genes Tell About You’ in Family History at your Fingertips a Magazine-Book published by Family Tree Magazine.

Irish Origenes Presentations/Talks/Workshops

  • May 2015: Pinpointing you Kelly origins at the Kelly Clan Gathering (to be confirmed)
  • January 17th 2015: Fermanagh Family History Society (contact
  • October 2014: Genetic Genealogy Ireland, Back to Our Past, RDS, Dublin Ireland. 
  • 24th-27th September 2014: 'Genetic Genealogy' at the 'Route Back Home Event,' Ballymoney Museum, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (contact:

Irish Origenes Presentation at Genetic Genealogy Ireland

On Saturday 19th of October I gave a presentation at the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 event at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Origenes Flesh and Blood Presentation Slides

It was a pleasure to present at the Biotechnology Irelands ‘Flesh and Blood, Genetics meets Genealogy’ networking event in Dublin.

Henrys in Ireland; Irish, Norman, English, or Scots? Let the Y-DNA decide!

Firstly I’d like to thank Mr Henry for allowing me to share his Y-DNA Case Study Report. This study is interesting for a number of reasons.

Pinpointing A Genetic Homeland!

In 2010 I discovered that the surnames of the people with who I shared a common male ancestor as revealed by a Y-DNA were all associated with County Laois in Ireland and that my paternal 'Bowes' ancestors originate there, subsequent Y-DNA testing of people called Bowe(s) living in Laois confirmed my ancestral ties to that area. This was a surprise to me as I had always assumed that my ancestors (given my very English surname) were English. So began my research to demonstrate that Y-DNA testing could be used to pinpoint other people's paternal geographical origin.

Clan MacKenzies Norman-Irish Roots as Revealed by Commercial Ancestral DNA Testing

Every successful Irish, Scottish, or

Kelly Case Studies

Kelly is the second most common surname in Ireland. Yet the original Gaelic ‘meaning’ of Kelly remains a mystery.


English Origenes

Scottish Origenes