Thursday 2 May 2019

First Irish Ancestry Summer School at NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway, has announced its first Irish Ancestry Summer School. It will take place bookings from Sunday 30 June – 5 July 2019. Details

NUI Galway’s Irish Ancestry Summer School will explore the origins of people in Ireland from earliest times and trace the development of society to the present day. Participants on the Summer School will also be taught how to research their own family history and will be offered the opportunity to take a DNA test to find out about their origins.

This five-day course will include fieldtrips to various sites of archaeological, historical and genealogical importance in the West of Ireland. It will include lectures on ancient DNA studies, prehistoric demographics, early tribal groupings, later medieval clan history, post-medieval lifeways, history and genealogy. Where possible, all lectures will place a special emphasis on the West of Ireland. They will be presented by some of Ireland’s leading scholars who are based at NUI Galway.

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.

The programme is capped at 45 participants, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Details, fees,

For further information please contact Dr. Kieran O'Conor, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway by email: or telephone: +353 (091) 493820.