Ancestors from South-East Galway?

You may have heard about the Ireland Reaching Out project, also called  “Ireland XO” (  They are seeking to identify and trace descendants of those who left Ireland. The Week of Welcomes – an integral part of the Ireland XO program – is an opportunity for people of Irish heritage to explore their past and connect with the people and places of their forefathers. The initiative was launched in South-East Galway, and the Week of Welcomes for 2012 will take place there June 24-30.

Ireland XO is a fascinating premise – in effect, it’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” in reverse.  Local Irish communities will be tracing the Diaspora of the parish and inviting them to visit Ireland.

The Week of Welcomes is organised by the parishes. Those who attend from outside Ireland will get to speak to people from the communities of their ancestors and use local knowledge to discover that elusive headstone, or the spot where the ancestral home once stood, or even seek out long-lost cousins…and have some fun along the way!

The XO’s vision is that every parish in Ireland will eventually put on a Week of Welcomes. In the meantime, everyone is welcome in South-East Galway for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience. Here are a few details from their brochure:

The Week of Welcomes in South East Galway is an absolutely unique, personal and intimate experience – we will meet and greet you, taking you deep into Ireland, its parishes and townlands. With stops at must-see places, as well as those that are off-the-beaten path, we will entertain you with history, stories, music, and lively discussions about Ireland’s past, present and future.

Itinerary in Brief…Come for the Week or just the Weekend!

 Jun 24 Open Event & Welcome Reception

Jun 25  ‘This is who you are’ Day

Jun 26  Shannon River Cruise – Garden Tea Party

Jun 27  Historical & Heritage Tour of local areas

Jun 28  Free Day – Irish Night

Jun 29  Culture – Crafts – Heritage: all things Irish!

Jun 30  Country Market – Hurling Match – Farewell Event

Jul 01  Departure Day

 The Week of Welcomes in South East Galway includes:
  • passionate, knowledgeable local guides and historians
  • individual local assistance to trace your family roots
  • a week of guided touring
  • receptions and events in local castles and country estates
  • bus and walking tours of local parishes and the region of South East Galway
  • visits to heritage and ancient sitesof interest
  • an exceptional evening of Irish music & craic. No canned music here!
Cost is €299 for the full week or €149 for a long weekend (Sun-Wed or Thu-Sun). Sign up now via our online booking form (you’ll also find a link to accommodation options here). Need more information? Contact us by email: or ‘phone: +353 (0)91 842013.

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