IRISH TRAVELLERS HAVE no connection to Roma gypsies, did not descend from the famine and are genetically as different to Irish settled people as the Spanish.
That’s according to a new study led by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) and the University of Edinburgh.
It confirmed that Travellers are very much of Irish ancestral origin and, for the first time, gave an estimate of when Travellers split from the ‘settled’ population in Ireland.04
There’s a common misconception that Travellers split from settled people at the time of the Great Famine (1845-1852). However, the researchers estimate that the separation began far before that, around 360 years ago in the mid 1600’s.
[A]lthough Irish Travellers come from an Irish ancestry, they are genetically distinct from the settled Irish.
[According to Associate Professor in Human Genetics at RCSI Gianpiero Cavalleri], “All the data point to the Irish Travellers being a genetic isolate who could potentially be valuable for understanding the genetic risk factors for disease in Ireland – both among Travellers and settled people.”
[The study can be found here.]
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