Obama’s cousin to launch Reaching Out event

13/03/2013 (NO REPRO FEE) Henry Healy, Community Activation Leader with Ireland Reaching Out Programme pictured with Declan Rice, CEO, KIlkenny Leader, Fergus Horgan, Development Officer, Rois�n McQuillan, CEO Rothe House and Mary Flood, Genealogy, Rothe House in the garden of Rothe Houe on Monday morning. Photo: Pat Moore.
Callan will be the place to be on January 14th when the eighth cousin of Barack Obama - Henry Healey launches the next phase of the Ireland Reaching Out Programme for County Kilkenny.

Callan will be the place to be on January 14th when the eighth cousin of Barack Obama - Henry Healey launches the next phase of the Ireland Reaching Out Programme for County Kilkenny.

Ireland XO as it is known worldwide is a national ancestral tourism and family history initiative designed to allow local people to come together to promote their towns and parishes as part of Ireland’s attempt to attract the diaspora back home to visit the old country and develop future links that will benefit the local economy.

Community Activation Leader with Ireland XO, Henry Healy, believes there is huge

potential for County Kilkenny to embrace this programme. “Kilkenny can attract visitorsto each community in the county, the easiest people to attract to an area are people witha connection. Communities who embrace Ireland XO will be empowered to connect with ancestral sons and daughters and encourage them to come visit”

Local people are encouraged to attend and it’s important to be aware that no previousexperience is required. A programme of future activities and free workshops will be provided for interested participants to help local volunteers get started.

Everyone is welcome to attend at 7.30 pm in the Droichead Family Resource Centre, Mill Street, Callan.

For further information please email Jim Wilson jwilson@irelandxo.com or contact Fergus Horgan at Kilkenny LEADER Partnership on 056 7752111 Fergus.horgan@cklp.ie

Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) is a multi-award-winning programme based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for Irish descendants and their global counterparts to come back to Ireland to trace their roots, they go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a town land and parish level, local Irish communities identify who left, tracing them and their descendants worldwide inviting them to become part of an extended “virtual” community with their place of origin. In this way, the entire Irish Diaspora of 70 million can be systematically reunified.

The Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) programme won the special award at the national “Pride of Place” Awards. Library.

In December 2011, the project 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.

The Ireland Reaching Out programme is currently active in the 32 counties across Ireland.

and is supported by 3,500 volunteers at parish level.