Driscoll of Ireland

Rulers of the Corca Laidhe
  • 124 members

About us

See the About Us (Overview) page prior to clicking JOIN or emailing the project administrator.

The Driscoll Project General Fund

Genetic genealogy can be a costly hobby. There are many Driscolls in the British Isles and the diaspora, maybe struggling out in a rural area, who are probably just as interested as we are in researching one's own family history. They are not able to afford the cost of DNA testing. Some of these people can provide a "high value" lineage to the project because they may know exactly where their Driscolls were from!

The project needs financial donations to attract/recruit prospective testers !!! The cost of one 37 marker kit mailed overseas is about USD $150 during a test sale.

Please consider donating to the Driscoll Project General Fund. Even small amounts of $5 and $10 will help, because they add up. That way you can help new members get on board when there is no chance otherwise. Please specify your name and kit number or provide contact information when you donate in the Note field so we can personally thank you! Our donors are kept private.
More About this Project

The Driscolls were the rulers of the Corca Laidhe, a territory in South Munster. Our project is devoted to helping Driscoll men find their link back to Cork or Ireland. By doing so, we incrementally discover who the Driscolls were genetically and their role in the Corca Laidghe, an ancient kingdom covering west Cork and part of Kerry. Genetic testing is indeed a form of archeaology, and we are a HISTORY project too.

Historically related names include: Bohane, Cadogan, Coffey, Cronican, Finn, Kerukane, Minihane, Whooly, or spelling variants of these names, e.g. Cadigan, Cowhig, Driskell, and Minihane - around West Cork. Men with these surnames with ancestry from West Cork are also eligible to join.

Driscolls are principally associated with Cork and Kerry. However, related names might originate in other parts of Ireland. For example, someone named Finn near Skibbereen in County Cork could have been a Driscoll but a Finn in County Mayo is likely associated with a different sept. To not muddy the waters with polygenetic surnames, eligibility of these surnames is restricted to West Cork ancestry.

Project Website

This link will take you to our main project website, which is not affiliated with FTDNA:

The website has more pages devoted to the history of the Driscolls.


History of the Driscoll Project

Colin Ferguson, the project co-administrator, launched the project around 2002/2003 and singlehandedly administered the project for several years. During that time, he built the original project website on Rootsweb and elicited the assistance of many volunteers who contributed extracted records and data to the website. In 2012, he brought on board Susan Barretta as a co-administrator. In 2015, Colin went into semi-retirement, asking Susan to take over as administrator and becoming the co-administrator. In 2018 Colin retired from all but one of his projects.

The project website was hosted on the free pages on Rootsweb for over 15 years, but was moved in the spring of 2016 to a more reliable hosting service.

The project is affiliated with Clan O'Driscoll in Baltimore, Cork, Ireland and is registered with The Clans of Ireland Ltd.


Driscoll Background and Y-DNA Testing Summary

View Driscoll History on the website for a history and Driscoll Genes for a concise summary of results.


Project Mailing List

Members should sign up for the Driscoll mailing list if they want to receive notices of results, periodic announcements, etc. Its members comprise a Driscoll research community that has existed since the early 2000's.

If you are not a member and wish to receive research help, notifications of test sales, project results, project business, etc., signing up on the DRISCOLL-OF-IRELAND Mail List is a requirement. The administrators do not maintain contact lists otherwise.

You can communicate with other project participants and Driscoll researchers via the Mail List. The administrators prefer using our long-standing mailing list rather than the Activity Feed on FTDNA because not all Driscoll researchers are able to find eligible male relatives to test.