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 has a volunteer network that covers the entire island of Ireland. Find out why we need volunteers, and what volunteering involves, with our list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you think that you would like to be involved, fill in the form at the bottom of the page and we will be in touch.

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Meet and Greet

Every year thousands of people of Irish descent return to Ireland to discover more about their Irish family history and to reconnect with their ancestral home.  Since 2009 Ireland Reaching Out Volu

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Ireland Reaching Out Meet and Greet

Connecting with Irish interest groups globally

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.

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Ireland XO Infographic

Parish Toolkit

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!

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Ireland XO Chronicles user guide

The Ireland XO Chronicles bring to life the heritage of a community by documenting the people, the buildings and the events that existed at any time in the history of the parish. Scroll down for our introductory video!

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Ireland XO Chronicles


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Contact Us

If you are looking for information about your Irish Ancestors, the best place to start is on our message boards.  There may be other people researching the same family history but if not, you can always post a new query and a member of our team will get back to you.

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