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Web: http://www.irelandxo.com/ Brochure: Ireland XO Community Brochure

Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) is a multi-award-winning Irish government sponsored initiative established to help people of Irish heritage abroad connect with the Irish parish from where either they or their ancestors first originated in Ireland. An Taoiseach, the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny TD, launched the Programme nationally on March 14, 2012. Ireland Reaching Out is a voluntary, non-profit community-based charitable organisation.

The Ireland Reaching Out (IRO or Ireland XO) Project is an Irish government sponsored initiative established to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with the Irish parish communities from where their ancestors emigrated in Ireland.

The Irish Diaspora has often been recognised as a very significant asset who place a huge value on this country and their connections to it. However, when they visit, we at home don’t always reach out to them. Ireland Reaching Out wants to change this perception, connecting our tribe in a way that will enrich all of our lives for the economic, social, and cultural benefit of  the Irish people both at home and abroad.

The idea is very simple: instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to return to Ireland  to trace their roots as is popularly done today, it proposes to enable local communities, largely through volunteer effort, to proactively engage with their Diaspora. This reverse  genealogy entails the tracing and recording of all the people who left and seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Those identified or recognised as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited to become part of a new extended Irish society.

Ballyhoura Country is actively engaging with Parishes across the area to become part of  the reaching out process

Communities involved include Kilfinane, Kilbehenny, Kildorrery, Lough Gur, Knockainey,  Mitchelstown, Ballygiblin, Bruff, Pallasgrean, Murroe and Kilmallock

We invite you to register for free on www.irelandxo.com and join our parishes.

Throughout 2013, our Ballyhoura parishes will be hosting weeks of welcomes where we will gladly help you complete the missing pieces of your family tree and ensure you have a wonderful time in the process.