Thursday, June 12, 2008

Where Everybody Knows Your Name and Haplogroup

Visitors to Ireland's oldest pub and New York's first Irish tavern on Father's Day can have their cheeks swabbed while wetting their whistles.

On Sunday, patrons in Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Co Westmeath, and McSorley’s in Manhattan, can give a simple cheek swab which will be sent to the ancestral DNA-testing company Oxford Ancestors at the University of Oxford.

Tests will reveal [whether] the men carry the unique Y-line signature believed to be that of wild king Niall who founded the Uí Néill (O’Neil, from O’Niall) dynasty which ruled Ireland from the 7th to the 9th century.

Timmy Donovan of Sean’s Bar, which has been documented back to the year 900, said he plans to take the test.

“It is a busy pub right next to the River Shannon. We have a huge amount of tourists coming through so it is possible we will get a lot of them to do the test too,” he said. [Link]
Those men found to carry the Y chromosome of Niall of the Nine Hostages will get complimentary drinks.

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