Free Summer Talks in the NLI: WEEK 1

The Summer Talks at lunchtime will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in August & September from 1-2pm, here are the first two speakers.

Gianpiero Cavallieri (RCSI)

Tuesday 4th of August

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The Irish DNA Atlas

The Irish DNA Atlas is a genetic study of the Irish
population. The aim of the project is to describe patterns in Irish DNA,
in the context of European and global genetic diversity. This work can
inform on the history of the Irish population, as well as aid in efforts
to better understand the role of DNA in disease. The project is being run
as collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and
the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Dr. Cavalleri will update the audience on
how recruitment to the study is progressing, and the latest results to
emerge from the project.

Venue: National Library of Ireland


Gianpiero Cavalleri is Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics at the Royal
College of Surgeons in Ireland. Gianpiero is a graduate of Trinity College
and completed a Ph.D. in human genetics at University College London.
Prior to his appointment at RCSI in 2008, he worked at the Institute for
Genome Science and Policy at Duke University, North Carolina. His area of
scientific interest is the study of human genetic diversity in the context
of population history and disease.


Ned Kelly (NMI)

Thursday 6th of August

Ned Kelly

Secrets of the Bog Bodies

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Bog bodies are rare survivals of human remains from earlier times. The properties of bogs are such that, occasionally, bodies are preserved to an exceptional degree with hair, skin, hands, internal organs and other soft tissue intact. Prehistoric bog bodies found recently in Ireland have provided important new insights into pagan Celtic times. The killings were ritual in nature and related to ancient sovereignty rites. The talk will present some of the results of the forensic analysis of the Irish bog bodies to see what insights they provide into the ritual killings. The wider archaeological context of the finds will be examined including historical, mythological and folklore material, to provide insights into the secrets of the bog bodies.

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Venue: National Library of Ireland

Eamonn P. Kelly is the former Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland where he worked extensively on diverse aspects of Irish archaeology. His radical theory to explain the phenomena of Irish bog bodies inspired a popular exhibition in the museum entitled ‘Kingship and Sacrifice’.

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