Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) received a special achievement award at the 9th annual All-Island Pride of Place Gala Awards ceremony held in Wexford this past weekend in recognition of a “uniquely successful community project with a professional approach and excellent progress to date”.
Gorey, County Wexford Nov 5th 2011: Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan TD joined Co-operation Ireland Chairman Christopher Moran and Pride of Place Committee Chairman Tom Dowling in presenting the prestigious Pride of Place special award to Ireland Reaching Out Chairman Mike Feerick, and the large and enthusiastic team of Ireland XO volunteers who had travelled from East Galway for the event. The Ireland XO team were joined at the ceremony by Galway County Council Manager, Martina Moloney, and County Galway Mayor, Moggie Maher.
In his commendation, MC for the evening, Aonghus MacAnally said that although Ireland XO “is a relatively new project, it bears all the hallmarks of being uniquely successful and having the potential to exploit a largely untapped market”, that of developing links between local Irish parishes, and their Diaspora across the world. The committee in particular recognised the professional approach of the Ireland XO organisation. The awarding committee stated that the progress to date augured well for the future of this rapidly expanding and “excellent community tourism project.”
In the Pride of Place competition, community groups from across the 32 counties have the unique opportunity to showcase specific pride initiatives which will have long lasting and positive impacts on their society.
Dolores O'Shea, Project Administrator
Ireland Reaching Out
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About the Ireland Reaching Out Programme
The Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) project is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for Irish-Americans and their global counterparts to come to Ireland to trace their roots, we go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level, we identify who left, and trace them and their descendants worldwide, proactively engaging with them and inviting them to become part of an extended “virtual” community with their place of origin. In this way, the entire Irish Diaspora of 70 million can be systematically reunified online and invited back or to engage with their ancestral parish for the benefit of all.
About the Pride of Place Awards
The All-Island Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness. The competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steering Forum comprising officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland.
For further information on the Pride of Place Awards, please contact the following: