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.
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!