In many cases Week of Welcome events have turned into individual Meet and Greet visits where people have connected on the Ireland XO Message Board. Having learned about their ancestors, many plan a trip home. Above all, the Weekend of Welcomes builds on this paper trail of researching the records. Where events are planned, they can last a day or longer and it is an opportunity for people of Irish heritage to explore their past and connect with the people and places of their forefathers. It is an opportunity for cultural renewal and discovery with an emphasis on enjoyment and fun. Tulla, Co. Clare are holding their Weekend of Welcomes on 26th-28th August 2016. Events include a genealogy workshop, hillfort walk, lecture and music. Due to the work involved in planning and arranging these events, Ireland XO has decided to review how they will be run. Even if there isn't an event planned in your parish don’t worry – no matter what time of the year you visit, there will be local volunteers here to answer your questions on our Message Board. Where possible these volunteers will meet with any returning parish Diaspora. Read about Julie Fennell's experience when she came to visit her ancestor's homeIreland XO
In June, we were delighted to welcome an RTE film crew to join us for a day to learn more about how Ireland Reaching Out is making a real difference to local communities and the Diaspora that they are welcoming home.Ireland XO
The Irish Times recently spoke to Christine Timoney who visited Ireland having connected with the Bournea Parish Volunteer, Tim Lee. Tim welcomed Christine to the area and helped her learn more about her ancestors.Ireland XO
An Island Community: The Ebb and Flow of the Great Blasket Island is a voluminous social history of the abandoned Great Blasket Island, off the wild south west coast of Ireland, which touches on its history, culture and folklore.
Registers.nli.ie make available online, for free, records of marriages and baptisms (and some burial records) from the NLI collection. Launching the website today, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny stated it was an "important day for our country, our people and our soul".Ireland XO
Joel Budd from the Economist got in touch with us following the launch of the new IrelandXO.com website and was very interested in how Ireland Reaching Out is actively engaging with the Irish Diaspora, in a way that is relevant and meaningful to everyone involved.Ireland XO
The answer to this over-abundance was to create a list of eBooks, divided into categories, and of interest to anyone researching Irish family history or Irish history generally. Each title listed has a link to open the book on a PC, tablet or other device.Ireland XO