Hello Ed, Even though I emailed you last night I wanted to followup on the forum. This forum is one of the great gifts to our research, the more posters the better for all of us.
However, I don't think I can post private details from the McKee Group site on Family Tree DNA website on this public forum - the other folks there would have to share their data with you. I can give you my information but not other members. Since you are also a member and have access to the McKee Group I will just say that number 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18 are the six matches according to the click-on on my husband's page. I suspect you are one of those since this is only on the first 12 markers I think. Let me know if I have told you any info in error here and I will try to set it straight.
The following for others reading thismessage is pasted in selected parts from the site;
Matching Niall Nóigiallach - Niall of the Nine Hostages
Niall of the Nine Hostages received his name from the taking of hostages as a strategy for playing mental havoc upon his opponent chieftains. He is known in folklore as a raider of the British and French coasts. Supposedly slain in the English Channel or in Scotland, his descendants were the most powerful rulers of Ireland until the 11th century.
A recent study was conducted at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, which found that a striking % of men in Ireland (and quite a few in Scotland) share the same Y chromosome, suggesting that the 5th-century warlord known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of one in 12 Irishmen. Niall established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries.
Your Y chromosome matches this profile! In the study scientists found an area in northwest Ireland where they claim 21.5% carry Niall’s genetic fingerprint, says Brian McEvoy, one of the team at Trinity.
The same area of Ireland has previously been the subject of Anthropological writings…and has shown a strikingly high % of men from Haplogroup R1b (98%) versus 90% in S.E. Ireland.
According to McVoy this area was the main powerbase of the Ui Neills, which literally translated means "descendants of Niall".
Modern surnames tracing their ancestry to Niall include (O')Neill, (O')Gallagher, (O')Boyle, (O')Doherty, O'Donnell, Connor, Cannon, Bradley, O'Reilly, Flynn, (Mc)Kee, Campbell, Devlin, Donnelly, Egan, Gormley, Hynes, McCaul, McGovern, McLoughlin, McManus, McMenamin, Molloy, O'Kane, O'Rourke and Quinn.
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