Balllingeary ICA launched a genealogical based training programme at a summer barbecue held at The Schoolhouse, Ballingeary.
This training programme is open to the public and ICA members in South Tipperary and is funded by South Tipperary Development Company under the Leader funding programme for rural development.
The aim of the project is to provide training to more than 50 people, running over three months beginning in September.
It will teach key skills in such areas as computers, project management, social media and genealogical research.
ICA Committee members Ita Kiely Ryan and Ann Maria Farrell told the launch.
“The programme has been designed to create skills in the rural community in order to promote the connection and reconnection with families and relatives, who have emigrated in the recent and distant past.
“This project is about delivering the skills to our community to allow for this reconnection with a view to inviting people to explore the roots, heritage and history of their ancestors during The Gathering 2013 and beyond.”
Isabel Cambie, Rural Development Programme Manager for South Tipperary Development Company welcomed the potential this training project has to offer to the locality and county in terms of increased tourism, possible future investment and new business.
“The project has the ability to put Tipperary firmly into the hearts and minds of a new generation of our Tipperary diaspora,” she said.
She wished Ballingeary ICA well and praised it for being such a proactive guild. This view was echoed by South Tipperary Federation President and Ballingeary ICA member Peggy O’Brien.
The training contract has been awarded to The Irish Times Training Company.
John Grenham, Ireland’s leading genealogist and co-presenter of the RTE series The Genealogy Roadshow, will deliver the genealogy training modules and work with the project leaders in developing current and future projects.
Una O’Hare of Irish Times Training said they were excited about delivering this training in South Tipperary.
“This project is a testament to Ballingeary Guild’s vision, enthusiasm and foresight and reflects exceptionally on the patriotic ethos of the ICA both locally and nationally in seeking innovative ways to promote tourism and training in their locality.”
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