NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A genetic analysis of the nomadic Irish Traveller population has found that they have an ancestral Irish origin, but diverged from the settled Irish population some 360 years ago.

Irish Travellers are a traditionally nomadic group with their own languages living in Ireland, though their origins are opaque. One theory hypothesizes that Irish Travellers are a hybrid population of Irish and Romani, a European nomadic group, while other theories suggest that Irish Travellers have an Irish origin and were displaced during the Great Famine.

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