DNA study of the Celts

A DNA study of Britons has shown that genetically there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK.

According to the data, those of Celtic ancestry in Scotland and Cornwall are more similar to the English than they are to other Celtic groups.

The study also describes distinct genetic differences across the UK, which reflect regional identities.

And it shows that the invading Anglo Saxons did not wipe out the Britons of 1,500 years ago, but mixed with them.

Published in the Journal Nature, the findings emerge from a detailed DNA analysis of 2,000 mostly middle-aged Caucasian people living across the UK.

The individuals included had all four of their grandparents living close to each other in a rural area.

This selection criterion enabled the researchers, led from Oxford University, to filter out 20th-Century immigration and to peer back to migration patterns more than 1,000 years ago.

Read more from BBC news.

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Ancient Celtic Prince’s grave and chariot unearthed…


The 2,500-year-old lavish tomb and chariot of an ancient Celtic prince have been unearthed in France.

The ancient princely tomb, which was discovered in a large burial mound, was filled with stunning grave goods, including gorgeous pottery and a gold-tipped drinking vessel. The giant jug was decorated with images of the Greek god of wine and revelry, and was probably made by Greek or Etruscan artists.

The stunning new finds “are evidence of the exchanges that happened between  the Mediterranean and the Celts,” Dominique Garcia, president of France’s National institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP), told journalists at a field visit, according to France 24. [See Photos of the Ancient Celtic Prince’s Tomb]

Read the full article at LiveScience.com!

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Irish American Influence

The Overwhelming Influence of The Irish On America – Those who feel as though green beer and St. Patrick’s Day are the only contributions of the Irish in American society are short sighted and need a bit of a history lesson. Known for being witty and outspoken with hot tempers the Irish have carved their way into American life. The struggle was difficult, but the will of the Irish was stronger.

During the potato famine, commonly referred to as the Great Famine that took place around 1845, the Irish started showing up on the shores of America looking for an opportunity and a way to thwart starvation and poverty. They brought very little with them having escaped sure death considering that over 1 million people were to die of starvation during this time. They flooded the shores of Boston and New York and were treated poorly by the inhabitants. They were overcharged for rat infested tenements and an easy target for con artists that sold items that didn’t exist while pretending to be their friend. Some of those items consisted of rail and wagon tickets to escape the confines of the inhospitable cities in which they dwelled.

Read more from Celtic Radio

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Dancing Dream Comes True

In October of 2010 a 4-year old girl named Natarsha from Australia went with her parents on a trip to Disney World, FL that would change her life. On that trip her and her parents found themselves at Downtown Disney looking for a bite to eat and as faith would have it they decided to go to Raglan Road.

Being a first visit for them to the restaurant Natarsha’s parents had no idea how that visit would impact their young daughters life. Raglan Road isn’t just famous for it’s lovely Irish food but also for their great Irish dancing entertainment they put on every night. That night in October 2010 the Irish dancers and their foot-stomping jigs hypnotized little Natarsha. After that you could say she caught the Irish dancing bug and when asked what made her fall in love with it she quickly answers “the music”.

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My Book Live

Western Digital’s “My Book Live” is the perfect storage and backup device for those that want to avoid monthly backup fees or insecure cloud based options. While Amazon and Dropbox are truly wonderful places to store your data and pictures, it is a little unsettling that anyone at those companies could access your data despite what they say. In fact, it is truly like having your own cloud drive on your local area network. All computers connected to your network will have access to the public folders on the drive, or you can choose to setup secure password folders using the web based administration system.

This is a multi-functioning backup device. Use Western Digital’s free mobile App to gain instant access to all of your photographs and media files on the go. Instead of trying to copy over photographs to share with your family, use the free App to access a backup copy of all of your photographs anywhere, anytime. The same for streaming to your HD TV – use the built-in media server to access all of your photographs and videos from your TV, Media Player, Blue Ray device, Xbox 350, play station or any DLNA 1.5 UPnP certified device (in other words all of the latest devices!).  You can even serve up all of your iTunes music to the family using the included iTunes server so you can centralize your music and video collection and stream it to other computers in your network using iTunes.

Coming with My Book is Western Digital’s backup software call WD Smartware which makes backups painlessly automatic and wirelessly. The included version is fine enough, but if you want a few more features you can upgrade to a professional version for $20.

Set up for us was a snap. In just a few minutes, you’re up and running. Mac, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista computers will automatically find your My Book Live drive in seconds. Within 10 minutes from opening the box, we were backing up our computers simply and quickly.

My Book Live is the perfect solution for a local backup solution, so that if your computer hard drive fails, you will not lose all of your hard work, pictures and videos. This device is probably all of the backup hardware that any regular computer owner would need to have. But if you are a power user and want to know how to provide a fail safe environment to backup your data, then watch for our next “Go Wireless” article about setting up such an environment. Protection from electrical storms, a house fire or meteorite hitting your home will be discussed during our next installment!

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