Three Mayo Advertiser readers will trace their family history

Congratulations to Gareth Keane, Ballina; Kevin Heneghan, Castlebar; and Bridie King, Castlebar; who were the three lucky winners in the Mayo Advertiser’s National Geographic competition. There is huge interest in this unique event with hundreds of entries reaching the office of the Mayo Advertiser.

They will now take part in the National Geographic Genographic Project at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life at Turlough House on Sunday afternoon, June 23.

The highlight of the event will be a public DNA cheek swab, where 100 volunteers from around the county will have the opportunity to trace their family history as far back as 2,000 generations. Their ancient ancestry will be revealed through this genographic project, a study that has involved more than 600,000 people in 130 countries across the planet.

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