***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 19.07.12 *****

Two meetings are arranged to outline three very important topics for the development of tourism in Offaly, and to identify areas where you could contribute and benefit.

The agenda for these meetings is as follows: -

 1. What is ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ and how can you benefit?  

Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) is based on a simple idea. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level here in Ireland, you can identify who left, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. In this way, the entire Irish Diaspora of 70 million can be systematically reunified online and invited back or can engage with their ancestral parish for the benefit of all.

2. What is ‘The Gathering 2013’ and how can we promote our county?  

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is about the people of Ireland throwing open our arms and inviting anyone with a connection to our country to come and visit. It’s about asking anyone who has Irish blood, a link to Ireland, or even just a love of our country – to join us for a series of amazing and diverse events throughout 2013.

3.What are Offaly organisations and other agencies doing to assist tourism in Offaly?

Various agencies are working on aspects of tourism in Offaly. We will provide information on both collaborative and other supports services in this area.

The meetings are arranged for  Monday 23rd July 2012: 7 pm: Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore (for central, north and east Offaly) & Wednesday 25th July 2012: 7 pm: County Arms Hotel, Birr (for west and south Offaly).

Please make further enquiries or confirm your attendance to Edel Boyd, Offaly Co Co via   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /057 9346829, by 12 noon on the day of either meeting.

This is an initiative of Offaly County Council in conjunction with partner agencies on the Offaly County Development Board ‘Tourism Inter Agency Group’ – Failte Ireland; Shannon Development; the Offaly County Enterprise Board and the Offaly Local Development Company.

We look forward to your participation.

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