IrelandXO Reaching out – Newsletter
Vol 2 Issue 5 April 2013
Welcome to our latest newsletter featuring highlights of this month’s news on Ireland XO!
In this issue:
Find your most local person! Ireland XO launch DNA project
Help us fund and train our Irish Genealogy Army of Volunteers!
Over 70 Graveyards surveyed in the Ballyhoura area
Mayo reconnect with Erinsville, the North American Gaeltacht area
TG4 – Irish TV channel film in Kerry for upcoming Ireland XO series!
Ireland XO is hiring for the position of Programme Manager
Offaly host free genealogy Training
Gaelic Hour in Canada promotes Ireland XO
North Tipperary volunteers host Cynthia O’Connor and Henry Healy
See our new Parish Liaisons & International Volunteers
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Are you visiting Ireland this year? Let us know, we are here to help!
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Who is the most local person in your area?
Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) wants to find the most local person in your community, defined as the person in your community who has the highest number of great, and great grandparents in your area. That person could be the key to developing the parish diaspora worldwide. In cooperation with its USA-based DNA partner, 23 and me, Ireland XO is developing a database of Irish DNA which will allow anyone abroad to find out what part of Ireland they come from, without ever stepping on Irish soil or researching even on genealogical record. Even if you are a John Kelly from Alaska with no Irish connection, we will be able to tell you the likely parish you come from in Ireland, and in time, and a bit of luck, what house your family came from! The “most local person” is by default, a biological summary of all the blood types and genealogies in an area and is a “marker” of the DNA of the local people. By simply matching your DNA with the national Irish database, your own mix of DNA will pinpoint to where your people most likely originated from. Using DNA is a third way, in addition to genealogical research and oral history that Ireland XO is using to find out the parishes from where the Irish Diaspora worldwide came from. “Launching the Ireland XO DNA initiative not only helps us understand our past and our heritage, but also opens up our understanding of the power of science in piecing together who we are ”said Mike Feerick, Chairman & Founder of Ireland XO at the launch of the programme. 23andme Vice President Jon Ward, himself of Irish heritage said that “there is huge interest worldwide in tracing Irish roots via DNA worldwide – and we are delighted to partner with Ireland XO in bringing the power of technology to parishes the length and breadth of Ireland”. How it works: The DNA test will cost €75 plus postage and packaging. The test results are available within a couple of weeks and then 2 things will happen. Firstly the individual will begin to see all of their relations all over the world…this can be thousands. Secondly Ireland’s unique DNA will be mapped to each area. Ireland XO and 23andme are offering a kit price for Ireland XO users. 23andme will post out your test and you have the comfort and security of knowing that this is all done within best practices and your details belong to you and nobody else!
Mayo connect with Erinsville – the North American Gaeltacht!
Tóstal Mhaigh Eo is a 5 day turas of Mayo, from Achill to Eachléim, Ceathrú Thaidhg to Caisleán an Bharraigh, visitors from Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir and locals alike will be invited to participate in language, craft, music, song, dance and sports workshops, as well as walking tours, heritage trips to the Céide Fields, Ballycroy National Park, the Millennium Forest and Tuar Mhic Éadaigh waterfall agus go leor, leor eile. Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir (the North American Gaeltacht) is situated in Tamworth-Erinsville, Ontario, where many Mayo men and women such as Fr. Bernard Higgins from Swinford and the Hinch, Doyle, Kearns and Flanagan families emigrated to in the early to mid-1800’s. Members of Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir (the North American Gaeltacht) are marking the year of the Gathering by making the voyage to Co. Mayo this October. More than just showing the beauty Mayo has to offer, Tóstal Mhaigh Eo invites people to live and breathe it! Helping aspiring Gaeilgeoir’s to use their ‘cúpla focal’ and offering an opportunity to guests to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Mayo and enjoy the language, music, song, dance, crafts, sports, traditions and natural beauty indigenous to Mayo. Tóstal Mhaigh Eo offers friends of Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir a chance to join with their Irish friends and reconnect, explore and celebrate the beauty of Mayo – cuifear fáilte Uí Cheallaigh roimh chuile dhuine!
New Parish Liaisons
We have new parish liaisons this month as well. Make sure your civil parish has a profile on our website here. If you want to volunteer to be a parish liaison for your own parish or a number of parishes please reply to this email here
Patrick Dwyer in Ardmayle, Ballysheehan, Clonulty, Brickendown, Gaile and Kilconnel Tipperary
Andrew McNally in Kilmore and Dolla Tipperary
Rosie Murphy in Kildress Tyrone
Ger Heffernan in Kilruane Tipperary
Conor Lane in Athleague, Roscommon
Tom Doheny in Ardcroney Tipperary
Brid Talty in Kilfarboy Clare
Dick Conroy in Roscrea Tipperary
Jim Fogerty & Paddy Loughnane in Thurles Tipperary
Patrick Dwyer in Boherlahan-Dualla Tipperary
Seamus Fox in Annacarty-Donohill, Aghacrew, Kilpatrick in Tipperary and Ballygiblin and Mitchelstown in Cork.
Maura Bowe in Moyne and Templetouhy Tipperary
Aine Laumenech in Clonkeen Limerick
Robert Sorenson in Kilbarron Tipperary
Esther Perez in Drumcliff Clare
New International Volunteers
We have new volunteers overseas who are working at promoting Ireland Reaching Out. We are always recruiting people to assist us in promoting Ireland XO, so if you are in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada etc please assist us. If you are interested in volunteering from abroad please contact us here.
Thom McCabe in Nova Scotia, Canada
Roger McDonnell in Maryland, USA
Maurice Gleeson – Caribbean
Jim Gallagher in Connecticut, USA
Gail Phillips in Michigan, USA
Robin Maya in Rhode Island, USA
Gaelic Hour Radio show in Canada promotes Ireland XO
Radio Presenter Austin Comerton visited the Ireland XO HQ offices last week to discuss promotion in Canada. Austin presents a show called the Gaelic Hour in Canada. The show is divided into two hours. Hour one offers interviews and feature items from near and far. By arrangement with RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, the Sunday 8:00am News is transmitted, followed by a summary of items from the Irish Sunday newspapers. The 9:00am – 10:00am hour opens with the news in Irish (An Nuacht) and then provides an hour of music that is a mix of traditional, folk, old favourites and some recent recordings. The influence of Irish and Scottish music and dance on Canadian culture is also covered. The shows are archived since 2006 here. A playlist of music featured is also available on the show website. The show is independently produced and hosted by Austin Comerton and relies on sponsorship and advertising. Austin immigrated to Ottawa in 1988 and is involved in numerous Irish organizations. He is currently President of the Ottawa Chapter of The Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce, President of The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre and Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.
Julie Evans from Sydney reconnects to Kerry as part of TV series this Autumn!
The first shoot of the forthcoming 6-part TG4 series which features 6 communities around the country involved in the Ireland Reaching Out programe took place on the 8th and 9th of April with North Kerry Reaching Out. Julie Evans from Sydney Australia comes back to Listowel from where here great great grandmother, Bridget Ryan left the Workhouse in 1849 travelling on the Earl Grey Scheme to Australia. However, spending time with the local community and with the help of local knowledge, she discovers that all is not quite as it might seem to have been…Julie commented during the filming “I feel a responsibility; I feel a real connection with her now. I feel as if I’ve come to know her over all these years, even though I have only two photos of her. I feel I have a responsibility to pass on her story to my children and their children. I don’t want her ever to be forgotten. I think what she did was amazing, what all those girls did was absolutely amazing. To agree to get on a boat, to go to somewhere they had never heard of, to the other side of the world, on their own, with just a few of the other girls from the workhouse, I find that extraordinarily brave”. The rest of the series is being filmed by Red Pepper Productions across the summer 2013 and will be aired in the fall.
Help fund and train the Army of Irish Genealogical Volunteers of Ireland XO!
Ireland XO seeks to hire a training officer for 2,000 Irish parish-based volunteers providing a free “Meet & Greet” service to people from around the world seeking to trace their roots in Ireland. When people of Irish Heritage arrive in Ireland seeking to find out where their people came from, we not only want to make sure someone is there to meet them, but also want to make sure that everyone in Ireland doing the greeting have the training necessary to give a warm knowledgeable welcome, and quality advice. To make sure this can happen across Ireland, Ireland XO are seeking to employ a full-time training officer for one year to be based in our HQ office in Loughrea, Co Galway. We don’t have the resources or funding necessary to create this position so we are turning to our supporters who share our vision and want to see our vision of a reunited Irish Diaspora happen. Today, we are launching a web-based crowd-sourcing initiative to fund this post. Funding a position like this is new to us, but we have exhausted other sources of funding, (including Irish government funding) available and noting how successful others have been to raise funding in this way, we have developed this exciting campaign. We would be hugely grateful if you could support us in this initiative, and also, share the word of our campaign to others you know may be interested. For further details, please click here. We would like to thank the superb team at Indiegogo for their assistance and encouragement!
Over 70 Graveyards have been surveyed in the Ballyhoura Region
On Wednesday May 1st, Ballinvreena Community Centre will host an exhibition of the Ballyhoura Country Historic Graveyards Survey Project. Over the past 12 months almost 70 graveyards in the Ballyhoura Region have been surveyed and recorded as part of the Historic Graves Survey project. This project began in this region in March 2012 and due to huge interest and support has been able to continue through the work of Community Archaeologists Colum Hardy & Will O Shea and Doreen Mcelligott transcriber to Historic Graves website and indeed dedication from an army of volunteers from the Ballyhoura Region. The digital surveys are available to view for free here. The work has built up a significant genealogical repository of information for the region and is being availed of by people all over the world who have traced their roots to this area and its success is largely due to the Ireland Reaching Out programme. To mark this wonderful work the area will be holding an exhibition of a number of the graveyards, displaying images of volunteers in action, images of the graveyards, headstones, our best rubbings of the Arma Christi and of course the special stories associated with the graveyards up and down the region. May 1st 7pm- 9pm in the Community Hall in Ballinvreena will play host to this exhibition for one night only. There will be a special rambling house in Davy’s Cottage to mark the occasion after the exhibition.
Programme Manager Job available in Ireland XO
We are hiring for the position of Programme Manager in Ireland XO HQ in Loughrea, Co. Galway. If you know somebody suitable please spread the word. The role is as a result of the huge growth and exciting developments of Ireland XO over the coming months. Click here to see the full job description.
Learn how to kick-start your genealogy project!
County Offaly Genealogy, Historical Placenames and Mapping Training starts in Edenderry from Tuesday, 7th May for four Tuesdays. Offaly Local Development Company is delighted to launch a new training project which is free of charge to attend. All training evenings will have a strong practical focus using internet sources. Topics include Introduction to Irish Genealogy, Genealogy Sources of Co. Offaly, Historical placenames, map reading & territorial divisions, Offaly Land Ownership, Land Records & Evictions.
Location: St. Joseph’s Hall (Acorn Centre), Edenderry
Time: 8.00 – 10.30pm (incl. tea/coffee break)
Cost: Free of charge (a contribution of volunteer hours to the Ireland Reaching Out programme is appreciated)
Registration: Places are limited. To register, please send/text your full contact details (parish, mobile number and email address) to email@example.com or (085)1925466. You will then receive an email confirmation.
Cynthia O’Connor and Henry Healy present to North Tipperary Clusters
North Tipperary Leader Partnership invited our Genealogy Development Officer Cynthia O’Connor and our Community Activation Leader Henry Healy to explain about the Ireland Reaching Programme and offer practical genealogy advice. The training programe continues in North Tipperary, coordinated by Animator, Bernadette Quinlan. The programme takes place in both Nenagh and Horse and Jockey each week and has seen great interest and enthusiasm from the local parishes and communities. The cluster groups are working on reverse genealogy projects as well as updating information on the Ireland XO website pages. If your relatives come from the North Tipperary area, get in touch and post your message on the relevant message board. You can also contact the Animator directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Henry Healy, (centre) Community Activation Leader with Ireland Reaching Out views some of the historical documents relating to North Tipperary with Patrick O Dwyer, Parish Liaison for Boherlahann-Dualla, Margaret Gleeson, volunteer and Patrick Stapleton, Co-Liaison for Thurles.
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