The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) programme is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. IrelandXO offers a free service and it is a not for profit organisation.
If your ancestors came from Ireland and you would like to find out more about them, we in the IrelandXO programme will endeavor to help you as part of your research. This reverse genealogy entails the tracing and recording of all the people who left Ireland 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.
IrelandXO offers an extraordinary opportunity for local parish communities to extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own Diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin. This programme is an opportunity to boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area.
IrelandXO currently has over 500 parishes engaged with active volunteers assisting in answering questions and queries and are continuing our rapid roll out to all areas in 2013. Check if your parish has a profile here
Throughout the expansion of the programme we endeavour to respond to all enquiries even in communities where we have yet to confirm a volunteer presence.