Ireland Reaching Out

Ireland XO - highlights of the latest news and events from Ireland and around the world!

Vol 2 Issue 3 March 2013

Welcome to our latest newsletter featuring highlights of this month's news on Ireland XO!

In this issue:

  • Jersey City select Ireland XO for it's prestigious St. Patrick's Award!
  • Longford, home of the Farrell clan, join the Ireland XO programme
  • Christ Church in Limerick put their records on display
  • West Limerick go on line with IT training
  • Edenville House host a Military Conference in May 2013
  • Ned Kelly finally laid to rest in Australia
  • See our new Parish Liaisons & International Volunteers
  • Are you visiting Ireland this year? Let us help reconnect you!
  • Donate to Ireland XO to help make connections for every parish in Ireland
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear the daily news from Ireland XO!

Please spread the word about the programme by sending this newsletter on to others whom you think may be interested so they can keep up-to-date with Ireland XO developments.

Best regards
Ireland XO Team


Are you part of the original Farrell clan of Longford?

Longford have joined the Ireland XO programme and will be re-connecting all those from the area in the coming months! The land now comprising County Longford was traditionally known as Annaly (Anghaile in Irish), Tethbae or Teffia (Teabhtha in Irish) and formed the territory of the Farrell clan. A key element in the Ireland Reaching Out programme is to have a number of people trained in genealogy in each parish, who will deal with genealogical inquiries and ‘meet and greet’ visitors. In that sense, ‘Longford Reaching Out’ is very much a community-based project and it can be seen as an extension of existing community activities. Speaking to the Leader, Ray Hogan, chairperson of ‘Longford Reaching Out’ Steering Group, also stressed the importance of the Ireland Reaching Out website, where there are pages dedicated to each county and parish. ‘We hope that later in the year, there will be a parish liaison in each parish who will put up a parish profile and other useful information on the page. That way those with links to the area will get a feel for it’. Mr Hogan explained that ‘Longford Reaching Out’ is being run under the auspices of the County Longford Community and Voluntary Forum, which he also chairs. ‘The steering group includes representatives of the County Longford Community &Voluntary Forum, Longford Genealogy Centre, the historical society, Longford Community Resources Ltd. and Longford County Council and so it has the necessary expertise to lead this project’, he said. We will organise a training programme in genealogy and local history, with a pilot beginning after Easter’, he added.

Call for Genealogy Assistance from Ireland and Abroad!

Ireland XO is expanding rapidly and we are asking for your assistance to help people who are tracing their Irish Ancestors. We are providing online assistance and advice to those doing family research. We have hundreds of people already working with Ireland XO in this capacity and you can help too!! If you know a specific area in Ireland well, are interested in assisting others to find their Irish Ancestors and can lend a hand online - please contact us here or send us an email here.

New Parish Liaisons

We have new parish administrators 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

Grainne O'Loughlin in Kilmaley, Clare
Kay Clancy in Kilrush, Clare
Christy Leyden in Clareabbey and Killone, Clare
Rachel Fitzsimons in Newtown, Meath
Conor Fahy in Drumcreehy, Rathborney, Gleninagh, Oughtmama and Abbey, Clare
Mary Dolan/Strokestown Com. Dev. Association in Bumlin, Cloonfinlough, Cloontuskert, Killukin, Kiltrustan and Lissonuffy, Roscommon
Roger McDonnell in Castlemore and Kilcolman, Roscommon
Thomas Hussey in Caher, Tipperary
Jeanne Foley Dwyer in Killadysert, Clare

Save the Date: Parish Liaison Information and Workshop day is on April 6th 2013.

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.

Patrice Morrow in New South Wales, Australia


Edenville House in Roscommon host Military Conference

For over 400 years Irish emigrants have served in the military forces of their adopted countries. At a time when Ireland is recognized globally for it's Peacekeeping duties with the UN, this conference explores the history of "The Fighting Irish". The conference is organized by Roscommon Civic Trust, in conjunction with Roscommon County Council, Irish Veterans & Donal Buckley Military Heritage Tours and in association with Roscommon Lamb Festival 2013. Roscommon Lamb Festival is a six-day festival of good food and great craic where you can sample the unique flavour of Roscommon. For more information click here.

Venue: Gleeson's, The Square, Roscommon, Ireland.
Date: Friday 3rd May 2013.


Roscommon are Reaching out to their Roots!

Henry Healy was in Roscommon last week to launch the programme in Roscommon town. The meeting attracted great attendance with lots of people signing up to be their community volunteers! Roscommon has already a strong community group who work on genealogy and tracing their family trees. If you are from Roscommon and want to find out what parish you are from then get in touch today! Register, join and post your message on the Roscommon County board here. There are also a great deal of Gathering events taking place in Roscommon in 2013. See a full list of events here.
Photo: L-R Paula Kennedy, Mary Gleeson, Henry Healy, Marsha Farley, Kathleen Shanagher and Elish Feeley

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Are you visiting Ireland this year?

We can help you reconnect! Ireland XO has dedicated volunteers on the ground all over Ireland. Find out where your ancestors came from and reconnect with your place of origin. Tell us about your visit to Ireland this year here. Find your parish here.

Henry Healy receives St. Patrick's Award for Ireland Reaching Out!

Our very own Henry Healy is in New York, New Jersey and Washington DC for the next two weeks promoting the Ireland XO programme. If you would like to meet Henry, interview him or spread the word on our National Diaspora programme get in touch with us here! Henry visited our volunteers and the Mayor in Jersey City on March 9th. Henry received the famous St. Patrick's Award on behalf of Ireland Reaching Out. Each year, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee selects nominees based on their contributions to Jersey City to march in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The event has been a major community tradition in Jersey City since 1963. Commenting on the award, Henry said that he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Ireland Reaching Out programme. “The Irish Diaspora is the great untapped asset of modern Ireland and initiatives such as Ireland XO are showing how together, local people can develop and harness the extraordinary potential of their community’s Diaspora around the world for the betterment of their area today, and for Irish people everywhere. The credit is especially due to parish volunteers who are active in developing the programme in their communities at a local level”.. Henry will also visit Washington DC for St. Patrick's Day. More details via Twitter and Facebook for daily updates!
Photo: The Mayor of Jersey City presenting Henry Healy with the St Patrcik's Award, photo credit Gary L. Nye.

Christ Church in Limerick display all their records to mark 200th Anniversary

As part of Christ Church Limerick’s 200 year anniversary celebrations we are planning to hold a Genealogy & Family History day in our O’Connell St. Church on the 16th March.In 2013 the Methodist Church, on its present site in the city, will be 200 years old and in the same year the Presbyterians will have been in Limerick for over 350 years. Christ Church Limerick became a United Presbyterian and Methodist Church over 40 years ago and continues to thrive. In this anniversary year we are celebrating all of this history and these significant historical milestones.As a United Presbyterian and Methodist Church in Limerick we are in the unique position to be able to bring together family history records from our combined churches. We have also very close links with other local churches, and in particular the Church of Ireland where we share certain responsibilities in relation to governance of the local schools with a Protestant ethos. We are planning to bring together all the available Church Registers and School Roll Books for our community on the Saturday of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend for anyone, from complete novice up to experienced genealogist, to review. We also hope to have some Catholic Registers available on the day.Due to the relatively small Protestant Community in Limerick, it is understandable that over the centuries there have been significant inter-denomination marriages and community interactions. Consequently, for family history enthusiasts and novices alike, the opportunity to review all these documents together is significant.For the novice genealogist or someone who just wants to find out more about their own family we will have volunteers on hand to assist them to find their family records and help them to commence building their own family tree. To make the search as rewarding as possible we would advise anyone, who is intending to come on the day, to have done a little family research beforehand. e.g. Find out all the names of your grandparents, any significant dates and where they were from. Obscure Christian Names are particularly useful in helping to confirm connections. We also intend to have Internet access available in the Church on the day to allow people to commence initial searches on some of the very useful Internet sites that are available on-line.


West Limerick Communities are ready to go on-line!

Ireland XO travelled to Rathkeale in Limerick this month to train the community volunteers of Askeaton, Cloncagh, Cloncrew, Clonelty, Kildimo, Kileedy, Kilmeedy, Mungret and Newcastle west . The training showed how to use the Ireland XO website as well as adding interesting information on the local area. The group was organised by West Limerick Partnership and are already very active in reverse genealogy and are ready to post invites to people who are connected to their areas! Following the session the community volunteers felt confident in how to promote all their activities, make more information available online to anyone tracing their roots in the area and also how to best answer queries coming in from abroad. Limerick are hosting a fantastic range of events this year as part of Ireland XO and The Gathering 2013. Check out details of upcoming events in 2013 here.

Ned Kelly's final wish granted as he is laid to rest

A crowd of up to 200 people gathered at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wangaratta, 252kms north east of Melbourne, Australia, to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly (1855-1880). The son of John ‘Red’ Kelly of Moyglass, Co. Tipperary and Ellen Kelly (nee Quinn) of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Ned Kelly was the last and arguably the most famous outlaw in Australian history. The Kelly Gang – Ned, his younger brother Dan, best friend Joe Byrne and Dan’s friend Steve Hart – were all born in north east Victoria, still known as Kelly Country. The fame of Ned Kelly today thrives in Australia and abroad, and the story of the Kelly Gang is still a polarising one. Most commonly, Ned Kelly is considered a folk hero, while others decry him as a criminal. Regardless of personal opinion, it remains true that a great Australian compliment is still to say that one is “as game as Ned Kelly”.
Ned Kelly’s wish, for his body to be given to his family so it could be buried in consecrated ground, took a long time to fulfil – 132 years, to be exact. After his execution, the outlaw was interred within prison confines, and it wasn’t until 2011 that the remains of condemned prisoners were uncovered, and subsequent mitochondrial DNA testing through a descendant of Ellen Quinn Kelly positively identified Ned Kelly’s skeleton. Ned Kelly was buried in a private ceremony at a tiny rural graveyard; where he finally rests in the arms of his family and the heart of Kelly Country.

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