Hundreds of County Mayo, Ireland residents gathered earlier this week to learn first hand what their DNA could show them about their ancient past. From Viking ancestry to descending from Niall of the Nine Hostages, the genetics of County Mayo proved intriguing, reaching far beyond Guinness and the rolling green landscape. Faces of County Mayo Ireland
Dupuytren’s Contracture is often called a Viking Disease. It has higher incidence in European countries; i.e., Norway Scotland & Iceland where Viking ancestry is predominant | Mostly associated with genes and family history | Men over 40 are at risk; those with North European/Viking ancestry.
If you have Scottish and/or Irish ancestry AND red hair, you probably also have VIKING ancestry, according to a new study. The director for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands says red hair is modern evidence of the influence of the ancient Vikings in Celtic lands.