Irish also more prone to certain diseases, DNA tests show

A new “DNA map” of the Emerald Isle reveals that the Vikings raiders intermingled with local women far more than was previously thought.

Genealogist Gianpiero Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons pieced together detailed map after studying the DNA of over 500 Irishmen and women.

Read More: First genetic map of the people of Ireland

“Plenty of clues already showed that Vikings had been to Ireland, including ruins, artifacts, and Norwegian family names… The [genetic] signatures that turned up in Ireland are most similar to those from the north and west coasts of Norway, where Vikings were most active,” Cavalleri told National Geographic.

Researchers led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Genealogical Society of Ireland have published “The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland” in the journal Scientific Reports.

The landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

Meghan Markle is African American, Dutch, English and Irish, and her Irish roots have a compelling story to go with them.

Her great-great-great-grandmother Mary Smith emigrated to London from Ireland and married a British soldier named Thomas Bird sometime in the mid-1800s.

Her Irish family apparently disowned her, likely because she married a  member of the imperial army.

Experts say she may well have worked in Windsor Castle for the Royal family as there is an M.

The American rock star, "The Boss", Bruce Springsteen and his family can be traced back to County Kildare. 

Christy Gerrity from Rathangan, Springsteens 2x great grandfatherj was kind of a trouble maker.

According to the Irish Independent, Gerity was in 1823 arrested and put into prison under the Insurrection Act, due to rent payments and related evictions of the time. 

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