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SECAD Noticeboard January 2014 Week 3

SECAD Noticeboard January 2014 Week 3

SECAD Noticeboard

SECAD to deliver free genealogy training to communities who wish to take part in the ‘Ireland Reaching Out Project’

Ireland Reaching Out is an exciting national genealogy project which is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. It is estimated that the Irish diaspora worldwide numbers 70 million. ‘IrelandXO’ offers an extraordinary opportunity for local parish communities to extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own Diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin. This programme is an opportunity to make connections, boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area.

Since the beginning of 2013, 12 communities across the South and East Cork area have become actively in the ‘Ireland Reaching Out Programme’. A training course was delivered to support these community groups in genealogical research techniques and this proved to be very successful.

Due to the popularity of the courses in Midleton and Carrigaline in 2013, SECAD have committed to fund a third free genealogy training course in Glanmire commencing on January 30th. The course consists of seven modules which cover an exciting and interesting range of topics including genealogical research, local history, recording oral history, and how to operate the Ireland Reaching Out website.  The training will conclude with a field trip where the skills learned during the course will be put into practice. It would be beneficial to anyone with an interest in tracing their family history but particularly useful for anyone doing research in a community setting.

The course timetable is as follows:







Thanks to the support of SECAD, this training course is free to participants. We do ask that anyone who avails of the training volunteers some time to the Ireland Reaching Out project.


We can only accept a limited number on these courses so it is advisable to get in contact early to avoid disappointment. For more information or to book a place on the course, please contact Grace Fox in SECAD Midleton on (021)4613432 or email gfox@secad.ie









Members of the Ireland Reaching Out training course in Midleton with their trainer Paul MacChoitir.


Tús working with Tourism

Conna native Selina Walsh who now lives in Castlemartyr is the receptionist and main focal point of information when it comes to the Midleton Tourism Office on Distillery Lane run by Midleton and Area Chamber Ltd.

Selina who is also completing a Fetac Level 5 course at St Colmans School in ‘Health Care Assistance for the Elderly’ has been a Tús Participant since July 2013 and with the support of Midleton and Area Chamber Selina has transformed the office into a great place for tourists to visit and the building is now at a very high standard which includes everything from information leaflets, to jewellery and artisan products.


The atmosphere as you walk into the Midleton Tourism Office is a welcoming one and the location of the office on Distillery Lane just to the left inside the distillery gates is very central indeed and many people pass through the doors every year.

“Selina is a person who has embraced the Tús programme and is a credit to herself and is doing magnificent work in the office on Distillery Lane” said Tús Team Leader Frank Geary from SECAD.








Frank Geary SECAD (Tús team leader) and Tús Participant Selina Walsh at the Midleton Tourism Office on Distillery Lane

Selina said “I feel motivated and have ambitions in my future work life and being on Tús has had so many advantages, because I keep my work CV up to date, I am in employment which is so important, plus it has given me confidence to meet people, improve my life and work skills and I am also back in education doing a course on Health Care Assistant for the Elderly which is Fetac Level 5 course and I hope to go in that direction. The one downside to the Tús programme is that it is too short, I would love it to go on for two years at least and that is my only disappointment”.

Selina takes care of the reception, the information, sales and practically everything in the office and the transformation of this building is quite remarkable, so why not pop in and say hello!

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