In January, RTE tv are showing a two part documentary on the origins of the Irish. Blood of the Irish
The documentary claims to:
explore the most fundamental questions about the Irish population; who were the first people to settle here and where did they come from?
Blood of the Irish features ground-breaking genetic research undertaken at Trinity College
Dublin into our DNA and our origins. One of the extraordinary discoveries is that one fifth
of modern Irish men living in the north-west counties are direct descendants of one man,
Niall of the Nine Hostages, the high king who kidnapped a young St Patrick and brought
him to Ireland. The series also attempts a remarkable forensic quest – the extraction of ancient
DNA from some of the oldest human remains ever found in Ireland. Who will that
person turn out to have been?