2018 - NUI Galway Irish Ancestry Summer School 1st July – 6th July

Please note that this summer school is cancelled. It is hoped to run this school in 2019.

Ancestry is at the heart of understanding who we are. Due to high emigration from the island of Ireland over the centuries, particularly from its western half, millions of people around the world claim Irish ancestry. Naturally many are interested in their personal family history and heritage, along with how their ancestors lived in the past. NUI Galway’s Irish Ancestry Summer School outlines the origins of people in Ireland from earliest times and then traces the development of society on this island through time down to the present day, with a special emphasis on the West of Ireland. Participants on the Summer School will also be taught how to research their own family history and will be offered the opportunity of giving a DNA sample to find out about their origins. This five-day course includes fieldtrips to various sites of archaeological, historical and genealogical importance in the West of Ireland. It includes lectures on ancient DNA studies, prehistoric demographics, early tribal groupings, later medieval clan history, post-medieval lifeways, history and genealogy given 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.

 So if you are interested in  learning how to re-connect with your roots, join us in NUI Galway for what promises to be an enlightening journey  into your past.    

For further information please contact:
Dr. Kieran O'Conor,
School of Geography and Archaeology
NUI Galway
Email: kieran.d.oconor@nuigalway.ie Phone: +353 (091) 493820


Please note that there is a minimum number of participants required to ensure this programme proceeds and if the minimum number is not achieved, the University reserves the right to cancel the programme. In the case of a cancellation, all paid registration fees will be refunded in full.

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