News from Ireland

Ireland's First Global Civic Forum

When: Monday, 8 June, 2015

The first event of its kind, Ireland Reaching Out was priviliged to be a participant at this forum and to be able to discuss matters of identity, heritage and sense of place with others working with the Diaspora community - both in Ireland and abroad.

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Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan, chief executive of Irish in Britain Jennie McShannon, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan at Dublin Castle this week.

Tuam and Brisbane Connect

When: Friday, 22 May, 2015

Brisbane and Tuam connected this month when Rick Estella and his wife Elizabeth traveled to the north Galway town to visit the place where Rick's great, great, grandfather, Stephen Phillips worked on the railway. 

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Mens Shed Group

New support for local diaspora projects

When: Sunday, 10 May, 2015

The new Diaspora fund recognises the importance of assisting local Irish communities create and maintain relationships with people of Irish descent throughout the world, helping to connect them back to their parishes and counties of origin in Ireland. 

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Minister Flanagan at Irish elders lunch club Bexley London

Roger McDonnell - Ireland Reaching Out Volunteer of the Year 2014

When: Friday, 1 May, 2015

Roger lives in Maryland, USA and joined Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) in July 2012.  He responded to an email from Ireland XO looking for volunteers who could provide genealogy assistance to people tracing their Irish ancestors and since then has become an invaluable member of the Ireland XO

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Roger McDonnell Ireland Reaching Out Volunteer of the Year