09 April 2012


     I have written previously about the Ireland Reaching Out(XO) project. The project is gaining steam, and is planning another "Week of Welcomes" this June. Even if you can't be in Ireland this June for the Week of Welcomes, do check out the project's web page. Individual parish pages are being set up--be sure to sign up on your ancestral parish registry
     Below is the press release from the Ireland Reaching Out (XO) describing this great family and local history gathering:

The Ireland Reaching Out project is seeking to identify those who left Ireland, in order to trace them and their descendants worldwide. The Week of Welcomes – an integral part of the Ireland XO programme - is an opportunity for people of Irish heritage to explore their past and connect with the people and places of their forefathers.
It is a week organised by the Parishes for their own Diaspora and an opportunity to meet in a place of common ancestry, with which a deep and real connection is shared. Above all, the Week of Welcomes builds on the paper trail of the records that may only get you so far, by providing that final link of local knowledge. You get to speak to people from the communities of your ancestors and use their knowledge to perhaps finally discover that elusive headstone, or the spot where the ancestral home once stood, or even seek out some long-lost cousins...and have some fun along the way!
The Week of Welcomes in South East Galway is an absolutely unique, personal and intimate experience - we will meet and greet you, taking you deep into Ireland, its parishes and townlands. With stops at must-see places, as well as those that are off-the-beaten path, we will entertain you with history, stories, music, and lively discussions about Ireland’s past, present and future.
Have a look at the Week of Welcomes Brochure here!
 Itinerary in Brief...Come for the Week or just the Weekend!
Jun 24 Open Event & Welcome Reception
Jun 25 ‘This is who you are’ Day
Jun 26 Shannon River Cruise – Garden Tea Party
Jun 27 Historical & Heritage Tour of local areas
Jun 28 Free Day – Irish Night
Jun 29 Culture – Crafts – Heritage: all things Irish!
Jun 30 Country Market - Hurling Match – Farewell Event
Jul 01 Departure Day
The Week of Welcomes in South East Galway includes:
passionate, knowledgeable local guides and historians
individual local assistance to trace your family roots
a week of guided touring
receptions and events in local castles and country estates
bus and walking tours of local parishes and the region of South East Galway
visits to heritage and ancient sites of interest
an exceptional evening of Irish music & craic. No canned music here!
Cost is €299 for the full week or €149 for a long weekend (Sun-Wed or Thu-Sun). Sign up now via our online booking form (you'll also find a link to accommodation options here). Need more information? Contact us by email: wow2012@irelandxo.com or ‘phone: +353 (0)91 842013.
Your IrelandXO Team

    Ireland Reaching Out
    Cusack House
    25, Dunkellin Street
    Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland.
    T: +353 (0)91 842013, www.irelandxo.com