‘Reaching Out’ roadshow arrives in Kilkenny

The ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ programme is holding a roadshow presentation at the Spring Hill Hotel in Kilkenny City next Tuesday, November 20 at 8pm.

The ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ programme is holding a roadshow presentation at the Spring Hill Hotel in Kilkenny City next Tuesday, November 20 at 8pm.

After a hugely successful two years, IrelandXO is now embarking on a nationwide expansion programme.

Henry Healy, the distant cousin of US President Obama, and Mike Feerick, founder and chairperson of Ireland XO will give a presentation on the night.

IrelandXO is an award-winning national community programme that works with parishes across Ireland to connect with their diaspora worldwide, enabling people to trace their roots to specific Irish parishes and providing a ‘meet and greet’ service.

The idea is that, instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to return to Ireland to ‘trace their roots’, the programme aims to help and train local people in communities to proactively research, reach out and contact their diaspora. It is ‘reverse genealogy’.

It involves the tracing and recording of all the people who left a community and the seeking out their living descendants worldwide. IrelandXO is currently identifying and training volunteers in parishes across the country who will guide returning diaspora to places of interest including family homesteads, gravestones or land connected to their families.

Anyone with an interest in their community, its history, tourism, business or genealogy, is encouraged to get involved and learn more about the programme. New parish volunteers are always welcome.

Contact 091-842013 or email: pkennedy@irelandxo.com for further details.