Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wanted! Limerick men with Viking blood for tests

If you ever wondered whether you are you descended from the Vikings or the Normans, now is the time to find out.

A network of academics led by Dr Catherine Swift of Mary Immaculate College, and Dr Turi King of the Department of Genetics, University of Leicester are using scientific techniques and the traditional tools of the historian in an attempt to identify what percentage of the Irish population are descended from Vikings.

Volunteers with certain surnames - including English, Stokes and Noonan, amongst many others - will be tested at Fennessey’s pub, New Street, Sunday, October 21, at 12 noon.

“Limerick is a very interesting location for our project as it is known to be a vital Viking trading centre,” said Dr Swift.

Click here to read this article from the Limerick Leader