Ireland Reaching Out - Exciting new volunteer roles!
About Ireland Reaching Out
The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) programme 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 & Greet’ service. The Ireland(XO) website will provide a profile for every parish in the country, and aims to facilitate connections with some of the estimated 70 million diaspora abroad.
The idea is very simple: instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to return to Ireland to “trace their roots” as is popularly done today, we are looking to help and train local people in communities to proactively research, reach out and contact their Diaspora. This is what we call reverse genealogy. It involves the tracing and recording of all the people who left a community and the seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Ireland(XO) is currently identifying and training volunteers in parishes across the country who will guide returning diaspora to places of interest including family homesteads, grave stones or land connected to their families. People abroad can leave queries on the site that will be responded to by local trained volunteers, helping to link them to their ancestral homes.