Phase I of Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project
Under phase I of the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project the Diaspora group worked with Connect Ireland and the GAA County Committees to hold a regional event aimed at highlighting the potential of the Connect Ireland initiative through ex GAA players and families who are now abroad. The event also involved ten companies actively recruiting for over 300 jobs in the region.
Phase II of Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project
Under phase II of the USEFE project the Diapora group are actively collecting relevant statistical information relating to each of the four counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon that can be compiled into an online publication and used to sell the Upper Shannon Erne Region to future prospective businesses thinking of investing here.
Ireland Reaching Out
Ireland Reaching Out is a non-profit organisation that is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and also the Heritage Council of Ireland. It has close relationships with many state bodies such as the National Library of Ireland as well as local authorities such as County Councils.
You can visit Ireland Reaching Out at http://www.irelandxo.com/.
The Ireland Reaching Out web site states:
“Whether you have emigrated recently or have never been to Ireland, we welcome Irish people from all over the world and those who share an affinity for our rich and varied cultural heritage. We are a community with no geographical boundaries, connected first through bonds of people and place, and then developed through our shared celebration of culture and friendship, both online and offline.
“Of the estimated 70 million people of Irish descent living outside of Ireland today, many are unsure of where in Ireland they originate from, or if there are any living relatives still there. We aim to help these people discover the story of their family history and reconnect them with the Ireland of today.”
Another part of the web site states:
“A key part of this programme is the concept of “reverse genealogy” as a way of connecting with the descendants of Parish emigrants. Instead of waiting for descendants from the area to get in touch, Ireland Reaching Out groups use genealogical research methods to engage directly with the existing Parish Diaspora.”