Are your ancestors from Galway? There’s an interesting new project in Ireland that’s designed to reach out to descendants from that county called Ireland Reaching Out.

In a recent New York Times article, the project director, Mike Feerick, stated, “The project is based on a very simple idea: instead of waiting for people of Irish heritage to trace their roots, we go the other way.”

I learned today that there’s a word in Gaelic for emigrants — deorai — which means exile or wanderer and those who left will always have an Irish identity regardless of location. That idea has made its way into Ireland Reaching Out. “I want Ireland to start thinking of itself not as a physical place, but as a people,” Mr. Feerick said, and he wants it to start acting like it, too, through local projects like the one in Galway.

Register here to participate in Ireland Reaching Out.