New ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ Programme

Henry Healy (Distant Cousin of Mr Obama, USA President), Community Activation Leader with Ireland Reaching Out is giving a presentation on IrelandXO on October 18th at 8.30pm in The Moyglass Village Inn, Moyglass,

Henry Healy (Distant Cousin of Mr Obama, USA President), Community Activation Leader with Ireland Reaching Out is giving a presentation on IrelandXO on October 18th at 8.30pm in The Moyglass Village Inn, Moyglass,

The Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) programme was founded in South-East Galway by tech entrepreneur Mike Feerick in 2009 and has been funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Heritage Council, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ireland Funds, Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development (GRD), and Irish-American sources.

The programme won the special award at the national “Pride of Place” Awards in Nov 2011 and in February 2012, was voted the “Best Community” initiative nationally by the Local Authorities Members Awards (LAMA). Sponsors include Google, Guinness, An Post, and the National Library. In Dec 2011, the programme launched a global partnership with the GAA, agreeing to link newly identified members of the Irish Diaspora to the network of nearly 500 GAA clubs worldwide.

ell-known broadcasters and economists David McWilliams and George Lee have been prominent supports of Ireland XO pointing out the extraordinary economic potential of the project, which rises well beyond the immediate and obvious tourism opportunity. The Ireland Reaching Out programme aims to connect over million people through the project by the end of2013. It believes it can achieve a database of10 million members of the Irish Diaspora, including delivering one million additional visits to the island of Ireland by 2016.

While Ireland XO parish volunteers are reaching out around the world, the website www.irelandxo.com provides a landing point in Ireland for people abroad who have some detail about where their emigrant ancestors hail from in Ireland. By joining any parish community online, they can seek direct genealogical research assistance from local people in the area who also volunteer to meet them on their return. For further information please contact info@irelandxo.com. Tel: 00 353 91 842 013