Have a look at the supplement from Belfast Telegraph about Back To Our Past show in Titanic Belfast on February 16 and 17.
MyHeritage, one of the world’s leading genealogy companies, will have a special offer for their DNA kits at the show . You can buy a kit for £55 instead of normal price of £69, plus £11.95 postage.
(MyHeritage will have a drop-box at the event for free shipping of samples to their laboratories)
DNA of Game of Thrones characters to be revealed at major Titanic event
The DNA of the people of the North of Ireland will be revealed during a conference in the Titanic Centre on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February. Genetic Genealogy Ireland , which is a part of the Back To Our Past family/social history and genealogy event, brings together academics and hobbyists to demonstrate how DNA testing has revolutionised family history research and uncovered shocking surprises about who we think we are.
One of the highlights will Donna Rutherford’s talk as she takes the audience on a genetic romp into the world of Game of Thrones, revealing the surprises that DNA testing of the various characters would expose. So if you are a Game of Thrones fan, this is not to be missed.
DNA testing as a genealogical tool has really taken off in recent years and thousands of people across the North of Ireland have already tested, largely due to the outreach efforts of the North of Ireland Family History Society. The NIFHS holds regular classes on DNA testing and several DNA Interest Groups have sprung up all across the North of Ireland. More and more people are breaking through their genealogical ‘Brick Walls’ as a result of establishing genetic connections with distant cousins they never knew existed.
The free lectures run from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm each day and include ‘how to’ talks for those new to DNA testing, as well as talks of general interest and specialist topics.
Prof Jim Mallory from Queens University Belfast will summarise the archaeological, linguistic and genetic evidence that describes the origins of the people of Ireland & Britain. The Irish DNA Atlas project recently published the findings of their 6 years of research and Ed Gilbert (the lead author) will discuss the results, the ten distinct genetic groups they discovered within Ireland, and how these compare to genetic groups in the UK and Europe. Some of the groups are ‘ancient Irish’ whilst others reflect inflow of DNA from external groups, including the Vikings.
Several case studies will be presented illustrating how Y-DNA in particular lends itself to the study of surnames (e.g. Irvine, Kemp). There will be a particular focus on the most popular test with genealogists (autosomal DNA) and techniques to harness its power will be demonstrated. Brad Larkin will discuss what DNA reveals about Irish clans and the British monarchy, whilst Debbie Kennett gives an apt presentation on how DNA has solved several of the mysteries associated with the sinking of the Titanic.
Each day will end with an Ask the Experts session where the audience can ask any question they like to a panel of experts.
So whether you are a seasoned genealogist or simply have a passing interest in the topic, come and enjoy the fun. You will definitely learn something new about yourself!
The full DNA lecture programme is available on the Genetic Genealogy Ireland website at http://ggi2013.blogspot.co.uk
Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) runs as part of Back to Our Past (BTOP) at the Titanic Centre, Feb 16-17. The lectures are free and anyone can attend. Admission to BTOP is £10 per day.
If you are interested in visiting or exhibiting, further information on Back To Our Past is available from the organisers at 003531 4969028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GGI is sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised jointly by members of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) and NIFHS (North of Ireland Family History Society).
Children of the Rising, by Joe Duffy, Hachette Ireland, €19.99
The first child to be killed in the Rising, Sean (John) Frances Foster
This is a highly readable and well researched account of one aspect of the Rising which has been largely ignore up to now and Joe Duffy is to be congratulated for highlighting the suffering of not only those children who were killed or wounded but also those who lives were blighted by the tumultuous events of Easter week 1916. It is not a dry, scholarly work, and all the better for that, as it chronologically traces the conflict from the very beginning, noting that within 24 hours of the Rising starting 14 children were killed. The first child to die in the Rising, Sean (John) Frances Foster, was shot in his pram on Church Street on Easter Monday. He was one of forty children, aged sixteen and under, who died in the Easter Rising.
A nun distributing bread after the Rising
Children of the Rising is the first ever account of the young lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising, and up to now almost never commemorated.
Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant – no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week where teeming tenement life existed side by side with immense wealth.
The Hunt Museum is home to one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, all housed in the elegant 18th Century Palladian style Custom House overlooking the majestic River Shannon. This diverse collection of art and antiquities was acquired by John and Gertrude Hunt over their lifetimes and dates from Stone Age to modern times. The purpose built Exhibition gallery, exhibits a diverse range of important temporary exhibitions from public institutions to private collections. Guided tours of the permanent collection and/or temporary exhibitions are available all year round at no extra cost.
There is a lot more to see and do at The Hunt Museum with exciting year-round programs for adults with diverse interests, needs, and learning styles. A visit to the Hunt Museum Gift Shop offers an interesting and delightful range of high quality gifts, including jewellery, books, greeting cards, silk scarves and ties, gemstones, ceramics, prints, and historical reproductions. Whilst the riverside restaurant, which features a terrace overlooking the beautiful Shannon River and Curragower Falls, provides the perfect location for a leisurely lunch or quick refreshment.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm; Sunday 2pm-5pm. Closed New Year’s Day. Admission free.
The Hunt Museum invites you to explore the rich history of the city. A display of historic maps and paintings that depict the wealth of history in our city will be on view in the gallery. The paintings and map will guide you through time from the 17th century right up to the modern city as we know it. Admission free
The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Limerick. Tel: 061 312833. www.huntmuseum.com
Keep up to date with the Hunt Museum’s programme of events on their website www.huntmuseum.com
Opening Hours: Tours (1.5 hours approx.) run at 10.0am, 12.0pm and 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and Bank holidays.
Admission prices: €13.50 per person, €50 for family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). All tours must be booked in advance. Senior Citizens can avail of a 10% discount or a 5% discount by booking online at www.butlerschocolates.com/book
With award winning guided house tours, an engaging 3D interactive basement exhibition, gorgeous award winning tea rooms, historic horse and carriage rides, stunning handmade artisan crafts, an old forge, cultural sheepdog demonstrations, an 18th walled garden currently in restoration, award winning West Wing accommodated shortlisted for an RIAI Conservation Award in 2014 and a playground and a maze, Russborough House is a ‘must see attraction’ that appeals to families and art and culture lovers alike.
Situated just a stones throw from the city centre, our sheepdog demonstrations at Russborough tell the unique story of rural life in Ireland. Come and learn about the intelligence of the border collies as they follow the command of a whistle in varied pitches to lead the sheep around the fields of Russborough. Over looking the stunning views of the Wicklow mountains, the demonstrations will teach you about the culture and life in Ireland in fun, lighthearted ways. Learn about the various sheep, some that date back to pre-christian times, in Ireland. Our host, Michael Crowe has the unique gift of making you laugh while you learn a little more about rural life. These sheepdog demos are ideal for international guests, hen parties or local families on a fun day out in Ireland! They are available daily at 11.30am and 3pm and are priced at only €5 per person.
Horse and carriage rides.
Walk back in time with us to the beautiful, romantic feeling of wandering through the fields and pathways of this gorgeous parkland on an ancient, historic horse and carriage. You can learn about the history of Russborough as you sit back over lr are hosted by Michael Crowe a local farmer who will make your trip a moment to remember! They are available daily from €20.
The Tea Rooms at Russborough have a wonderful selection of salads, warm food, quiches and soups to award winning coffees or herbal teas. Enjoy a slice of chocolate gateau as your children wind their way through the maze at Russborough. Or if the sun is shining why not treat yourself to one of the many flavours of ice-cream we have on offer! Come and enjoy the tasty flavours of the tea rooms at Russborough.
This year’s Back To Our Past event was a must for all those with the Family History bug! Eneclann’s stand was buzzing with attendees wanting to avail of our expert research service and signing up to our free genealogy newsletter. We had some great prizes to give away and met some wonderful people over the three days.
Once again we shared our stand with our friends in The Irish Ancestral Research Association who travelled all the way from Boston to be at the show. TIARA is one of the biggest North American Irish family history societies, very knowledgeable and exceptionally friendly.
The atmosphere at this year’s show was great. There were lots to do throughout the three days, from listening to expert lectures on a range of topics, to finding record’s online and availing of DNA research. In fact the DNA strand of talks brought in some fantastic speakers from across the sector.
Back in the main genealogy presentation area, our own Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan both gave presentations on “The basics of sound genealogy research” and “Irish Soldiers & Rebels: tracing WW1 and Irish revolutionary ancestors”. Turnout was excellent, as was the case for all the lectures.
All the stands seem to have talked to bigger numbers than last year. Eneclann had an increase of over 30%, which was reflected across the room. Everyone reported a big increase in new attendees, which is heartening. While it’s great to link up with our friends throughout the sector, the event is about show casing Irish genealogy to the uninitiated.
So overall it was an important improvement on the last couple of years where the numbers of interested attendees had dropped significantly. A lot of this is due to the promotional work by the organisers S&L, and also to the calm organisational skills of their key operatives Maretta & Brian. All of us at Eneclann sends them both our thanks and best wishes for the show next year.