The programme is based on a simple idea; reverse genealogy. Instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, Ireland XO volunteers worldwide are networking with people of Irish descent in their local areas, helping to build bridges between the present and the past by connecting people with the home parishes of their ancestors.
Ireland Reaching Out is a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative that builds vibrant, lasting links between the global Irish Diaspora and their parishes of origin in Ireland. We'd love to get in touch with any organisation around the world who are involved in the area Irish heritage and genealogy.
All over the island of Ireland, Parishes are reaching out and connecting with their global Diaspora - creating international visibility for their locality and building relationships with descendants of their community all over the world. There are many ways that your community can engage with its Diaspora on Ireland XO. Use this toolkit as your guide to the resources available on this website and start reaching out today with Ireland XO!
Volunteering with Ireland Reaching Out means that you make a difference as every one of our volunteers brings something special to the Programme. Here you can find out more about the various volunteer roles available. We have a role for everyone, so please get in contact if you would like to help.