Ireland Reaching Out


a featured article by Terri O'Connell

Do you have Irish ancestry? If you do, I am sure you understand how hard it is to trace those ancestors. It looks like things will be changing for those actively pursuing their Irish ancestors, because of Ireland Reaching Out.

On 13 Aug 2012, I attended a reception at the Irish American Heritage Center on behalf of their genealogy group (there was actually a table full of people from our group). The reception was for a group that was in from Galway, Ireland. Within the group, there was; CLLR. Thomas Welby, Mayor of County Galway, CLLR. Terry O'Flaherty, Mayor of the City of Galway, also with the group were representatives from Ireland Reaching Out. This was a great presentation and I am excited about what they are doing. They call it "Reverse Genealogy," I call it a gift from the genealogy gods!

 

Instead of going into what I got out of the program that night. I thought I would show you some of their YouTube videos that explains the project.

 

I met Mike last night as well, extremely nice man and you can see that he has a passion for what he is doing. The following clip is an interview with Mike Feerick, Founder of Ireland Reaching Out.

 

 

© Terri O'Connell 2012

This article was originally published on Finding Our Ancestors (August 14, 2012.)