News from Ireland

National Heritage Week 2016

When: Thursday, 23 June, 2016

Across the country plans are coming together for National Heritage Week 2016 which will take place from the 20th to 28th August 2016. Events are organised by almost 1,000 heritage enthusiasts from organisations to community groups to individuals.

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Youghal Medieval Festival, East Cork © Failte Ireland

Euro 2016 tells us something about what it means to be Irish

When: Thursday, 23 June, 2016

As a completely unique Diaspora initiative, we are often asked by foreign organisations looking to replicate a similarly successful plan, “what is it about the Irish Diaspora that makes them want to claim their Irish heritage?” This seems to be a common challenge many

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Proud to be Irish

A sporting family then and now

When: Tuesday, 21 June, 2016

Last Christmas Pete Farrell made contact with Tom the Ireland XO Volunteer in Cahir, County Tipperary, hoping he could learn more about the Farrell family.

Caher (Tipperary)
Leinster Regiment with William Farrell

Find your story in Ireland's Ancient East

When: Wednesday, 15 June, 2016

In this new campaign from Failte Ireland, a little boy is transported to the to the wonderful landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East as his dad begins to tell him stories from a big orange book.

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Record Turnout for Farming & Country Life 1916

When: Monday, 13 June, 2016

Ireland Reaching Out was at the event in the 1916 village we were delighted to meet with so many people interested in both finding out more about their own Irish ancestry and also sharing their knowledge with people around the world who may need assistance at a local level.

Athenry (Galway)
Farming & Country Life 1916, Athenry

A visit from down under

When: Tuesday, 7 June, 2016

In March last, Heather Maloney contacted us looking for further information about her Laffy and Scahill ancestors. Heather was planing a trip to Ireland and hoped to learn more about her family from Galway and specifically her Laffy-Scahill connections in Annaghdown.

Annaghdown (Galway)
Thelma, Sonia and Heather

A visit to a broken, old stone house

When: Tuesday, 7 June, 2016

Robert Horwood has just returned home to Australia after a visit to Killaloe, Co. Clare. In April he posted a message to the XO Message Board seeking further information about his ancestors, Thomas Crowe and his wife Margaret O'Donnell from Co. Clare.

Killaloe (Clare)
Old Crowe House