Back To Our Past is an annual family history show held at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) in Dublin, Ireland. The event was first held in 2011 and has now come become a firm fixture in the Irish genealogical calendar. In 2013 BTOP included for the first time genetic genealogy lectures under the umbrella of Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI). These lectures were sponsored by the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) testing company and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). BTOP will again take place at the RDS 17-19 October 2014, and again with GGI participation. GGI will sponsor lectures on all aspects of genetic genealogy from basic to advanced. Among these talks will be one on the Byrne/Burns/Beirne DNA Project in which its administrator Paul Burns will describe how DNA has identified the many distinct origins of our surnames, how we have used it to determine relationships among members, and what more we can expect to find out during the current wave of advances in DNA research. The GGI’s schedule of lectures has not yet been finalized, so we do not yet know the date of the Byrne lecture. When known we will provide a link to the GGI website and on this site. DNA test kits will be available at the FTDNA/ISOGG booth. Should any reader in Ireland or elsewhere in Europe wish to get a head start, please contact Richard Byrne (email@example.com) who has a supply on hand.
The 2014 DNA Project report has now been added to this site
Drives Around the O'Byrne's Country Book launch in Wicklow Gaol
Nicky Byrne of Westlife with his jumbo copy
PLAQUE to FIACH Mc HUGH
1997 Click for larger image
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Claoimh in action, in Roundwood, Co. Wicklow
Clan Ó Byrne | Clann uí Bhroin
The founding of a Byrne Clan organisation was initiated in the heart of Crioch Branach by Wicklow County Council in 1989. Its objectives were to reawaken and promote the history and culture of the most important clan in the Province of Leinster. The result was Clann O'Byrne or as many of its members and the people of Leinster call it Clan Byrne. The organisation would be described as a convivial clan association. It does not make any pretensions to 'real' or 'bloodline' or 'Tanistry' chiefships.
Over the past 20 years since it was founded Byrne clan members from around the world have dedicated their time and interest to the research of the history, genealogy and more importantly bringing Byrnes and O'Byrnes from all over the world together. They have shared with their distant cousins as far away as the remote Falkland Islands in meetings at the many Clan rallies held in Leinster over the years. Clan O'Byrne embraces the name Byrne and all its various off shoots such as Burns, O'Broin ( the original Gaelic name ) and many others such as the USA Clan Tanaiste ( vice Chairman ) Bill Byrnes of Chicago who represented the Clan Byrne USA, a seperate and independant organisation.
Now with easier access to genealogical information there has been an upsurge of interest in the clans history and the big question, WHERE DO I FIT IN ? These past years have resulted in various very successful collaborations with Clan O'Byrne researchers resulting in access to a major DNA base, historical documents and pedigrees , previously very difficult to find, Elizebethan Fiants listing thousands of the rebel Byrnes, records of the Coats of Byrne arms and a major genealogical book published currently in two volumes recording the family histories of hundreds of Byrnes.Two other major books relating to the turbulent history of the Byrnes have also been published. From a scarce historical data base of twenty years ago this is a dramatic change in circumstances and I am very proud to have been able to contribute to it . The research is very much ongoing and it looks like further major contributions will appear in the near future.
Remember genealogy is a pleasant journey, it is not an overnight dash !
Certavi et Vici We strive and we win.
Val Byrne, B.Arch, NUI, FRIAI, Emeritus Chieftain, Clan O'Byrne. 2013.
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