Introducing the Shannon Valley Genetic Genealogy Conference at the That Beats Banagher Festival! We are delighted to have you join us for this exciting event focused on exploring the rich heritage and DNA connections in Ireland, the Midlands, Ireland’s Hidden Heartland, and the Shannon Valley Region.

The Shannon Valley includes communities in West Offaly, East Galway, and North Tipperary

Conference Schedule
Time: 13:00 – 17:30

Venue: Crank House Venue, Banagher, Co. Offaly. R42 DE61

13:00 – 13:45: Genetic Genealogy Ireland (Speaker: Gerard Corcoran)
13:45 – 14:30: Genetic Genealogy Midlands (Speaker: Paul Conroy)
14:30 – 15:15: Genetic Genealogy Connacht (Speaker: Martin Curley)
15:15 – 15:30: Break
15:30 – 16:00: Genetic Genealogy, Munster Clare (Speaker: Paddy Waldron)
16:00 – 16:30 Genetic Genealogy Munster, Cork (Speaker Anne-Marie Coughlan)
16:30 – 17:00: Genetic Genealogy Ulster (Speaker: Martin McDowell)
17:00 – 17:30: Panel Discussion All Speakers

Speakers Profiles

Gerard Corcoran (GC): Genetic Genealogy Ireland


Gerard Corcoran is a passionate advocate of genetic genealogy and the founder of ISOGG Ireland. With a background as a senior executive in global technology. Gerard brings his expertise on the internet and AI to the field of genetic genealogy. He has extensively tested his own DNA with various companies and actively participates in genetic genealogy projects and discussion groups. Gerard’s dedication to Irish genealogy and his involvement in ISOGG Ireland make him a valuable contributor to the field of genetic genealogy.

Paul Conroy (PC): Genetic Genealogy Midlands
Paul Conroy is a co-founder and director of Full Genomes Corporation, a ground-breaking company specializing in direct-to-consumer, next-generation sequencing of the complete Y chromosome. With a background in IT consulting, he has provided strategic advice to top law firms and financial institutions, showcasing his expertise in IT solutions and interoperability. Paul is actively involved in online communities related to genetic genealogy and personal health-related genetic testing, where he shares his knowledge and insights. His contributions to numerous online communities and projects reflect his commitment to advancing the field and empowering individuals to explore their genetic information.

Martin Curley (MC): Genetic Genealogy Connacht
Martin Curley, an esteemed genealogist, and founder of the Northeast Galway DNA Project, is dedicated to helping people connect with their ancestral roots. With a background in education, genealogy, and heritage, Martin has been instrumental in promoting genetic genealogy in East Galway. As a member of ISOGG Ireland, he actively contributes to the advancement of genetic genealogy initiatives and discussions. Through his work with the Northeast Galway DNA Project and his involvement in various Facebook groups, Martin has played a pivotal role in connecting individuals with their Galway heritage.

Paddy Waldron (PW): Genetic Genealogy Munster, Clare
Paddy Waldron is a highly accomplished genealogist with extensive qualifications and experience in the field. He is actively involved in numerous genealogical societies and organizations in Ireland including the Clare Roots Society. Paddy’s interest in genetic genealogy led him to explore the application of DNA data in drawing genealogical inferences. He has given insightful presentations at the Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference and actively contributes to genetic genealogy projects, including co-administering the Clare Roots project.

(AMC): Genetic Genealogy Munster, Cork
Ann-Marie Coghlan is a professional genealogist with a background in Education Management and Business Consultancy. She specializes in researching Cork City and its communities, as well as the Irish community in England and Scotland. She is a member of the Cork Genealogical Society and is actively involved in voluntary organizations related to Cork’s history and genealogy.


Martin McDowell (MMD): Genetic Genealogy Northern Ireland and Ulster
Martin McDowell is a knowledgeable speaker with a background in history and education. His passion for genealogy was rekindled after his first DNA test, and he now actively promotes DNA testing as the education and development officer of the North of Ireland Family History Society. As a member of ISOGG Ireland, Martin contributes to the advancement of genetic genealogy research in the region. He will be presenting the fascinating findings of the ………. DNA Project at GGI, showcasing his expertise in the field.

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