Long term Laois natives are likely to share a common genetic link with their counterparts in Kildare and Offaly.
Researchers have this week launched a nationwide appeal for Irish people with four locally-born grandparents to take part in a new DNA project to help map the genetic history of Ireland.
The Irish DNA Research Project, led by British ancestry firm Living DNA, is appealing for individuals with four Irish grandparents all born within 80 kilometres (50 miles) of each other to join this pioneering project by taking a simple DNA test.
Preliminary tests carried out so far show that Laois, Offaly and Kildare are mapped uner the banner Cill Dara.
Prelimary results show that there is a distinct genticIrish link in the cluster of three counties.
By focusing on people whose grandparents were all born in close proximity, the research team aim to build up the most detailed and accurate regional map of Ireland’s genetic history – prior to the mass migrations of the 20th Century.
David Nicholson, managing director of Living DNA comments: “Our DNA can tell us extraordinary things about our origins and family histories, all from a simple cheek swab”.
More details on the project and how to get involved visit www.livingdna.com/irishdna