Tuesday 12 June 2018

NUI Galway's Irish Ancestry Summer School, 1-6 July

NUI Galway will be hosting an Irish Ancestry Summer School in the first week of July.

The Summer School programme will explore the origins of people and society in Ireland from earliest times to the present. It includes lectures by some of Ireland's leading scholars on ancient DNA studies, prehistoric demographics, early tribal groupings, later medieval clan history, post-medieval lifeways, history and genealogy.

Delegates will also be taught how to research their own Irish family history and will be offered the opportunity of giving a DNA sample to learn more about their origins. The five-day course includes fieldtrips to various sites of archaeological, historical and genealogical importance in the West of Ireland.

Participants will also have access to the James Hardiman Library's collections, including historical newspapers, Irish local studies books and periodicals, maps and 19th century government publications. In addition the library holds over 350 unique archival collections, including landed estate papers, photographic collections and theatre and literary archives.

See the full programme and further details.