Westmeath Rural Arts - Genealogy Training Programme

Westmeath Rural Arts Network represent communities in the following areas Streete, Rathowen, Bunbrosna, Ballinlack, Rathconrath, Emper, Ballynacargy, Sonna, Lismacaffrey, Multyfarnaham, Ballinafid, Milltown and surrounding areas. Through support from the Rural Development Programme, the Network has organised a Genealogy Training Programme aimed at all these communities who are taking part in the “Ireland Reaching Out” (Ireland XO) initiative. This initiative aims to contact the diaspora all over the world through what has become known as “reverse genealogy” in that instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, the reverse happens. Through working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level in Ireland, Ireland XO identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. 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. The Programme starts on Wednesday 11th September 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Kilkixy Church Hall Ballynacargy and runs until 16th October. For further details on the Programme please contact Eamonn O’Donoghue on (087) 251 3000.

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