Growing up I always thought I had to be more Irish than any of my other siblings because I was born the day before Lá Fhéile Pádraig (Saint Patrick’s Day)—one day early I might add; my due date was actually the 17th. Knowing this, and since my birthday was celebrated with all things green most years, I figured I must be Irish.
Now that AncestryDNA can give you an estimate of how much of your DNA is Irish, and with St. Patrick’s Day happening next week, I decided to see who is more Irish in my family: my mom, my dad, or my sister. This could vary depending on which part of your DNA you inherited from which parent.
What did the DNA say?
See my parents’ results below:
Both my mom and dad have Ireland, or the Irish, in their DNA, with my mom technically being more Irish than my dad. But what about my sister? Could she be more Irish than me? Even though I thought I was the Irish baby? See for yourself:
Did you see that? My sister is 11% more Irish than I am. Apparently, I wasn’t “more” Irish after all, even with a lucky birthday so close to St. Patrick’s Day. Nonetheless, I will still continue to celebrate with pride my Irish roots and this year I will be wearing the following shirt to celebrate my 22% Irish.
Now it’s your turn. How Irish are you? Share your results in the comments below or upload a screenshot of your text and add the tag #AncestryDNA to it. We’d love to see your results! And what will you be doing to celebrate this year?
About Anna Swayne
Anna Swayne has 9 years of experience in the DNA genealogy world. At Ancestry, she leads efforts in developing education to help our community maximize their experience with AncestryDNA. She believes there is real power behind DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. When she is not talking DNA you can find her hiking or cycling in the mountains or cooking at home.
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