Initiatives that put Ireland at top of ‘diaspora engagement’

Global Diaspora and Development Forum is being held in Dublin this weekend

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

 

Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora and Development Forum, being held in Dublin this weekend, is hearing about the standout initiatives by the Government, private businesses, communities and individuals which have contributed to Ireland’s top spot.

The Gathering

Scotlandthegatheringireland.com

Community Tourism

Fáilte Irelandipb.ie/cse

Ireland Reaching Out

irelandxo.com

Worldwide Ireland Funds

theirelandfunds.org

ConnectIreland

connectireland.com

County diaspora groups

Kerry Diaspora Businesscorkfoundation.comLimericklimerick.ie/gln

Irish Networks USA

irishnetwork-nyc.com

WildGeese Network of Irish Scientists

wildgeesenetwork.org

Irish Technology Leadership Group

itlg.org

Uversity

uversity.org

Irish International Business Network

iibn.com

Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) The ESP has provided €114 million to non-profit organisations and projects supporting Irish communities abroad in the last decade. Most funding is allocated to frontline welfare services.

Global Irish Network Formed in 2010, GIN is made up of 350 influential Irish and Irish-connected people in over 40 countries, who provide Ireland with international expertise, focusing on economic development. globalirishforum.ie

Farmleigh Fellowships Now in its fourth year, the Farmleigh Fellowship has provided scholarships in Asia worth €30,000 to 65 young Irish people to promote greater trade, investment and talent connections between Ireland and Asia. farmleighfellowship.com

Certificate of Irish Heritage

heritagecertificate.com

Centenarian Bounty On reaching their 100th birthday, Irish citizens living abroad receive a €2,540 cheque and a letter from the President.

Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad Recognises service to Ireland or to Irish communities abroad by people outside Ireland. Recipients in 2014, presented on Thursday, include actress Fionnula Flanagan, EU civil servant Catherine Day, Thomas Kenneally and Niall O’Dowd.

GAA

gaa.ie

Irish Pubs Global

irishpubsglobal.com

Diaspora media

Generation EmigrationIrishCentral.comIrish VoiceIrish EmigrantIrish Echo Irish EchoIrish PostIrish Voice

Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust

irishinternationaldiasporacentre.ie

Ireland Park Canada

irelandparkfoundation.com

Landsdowne Club

Australialansdowneclub.com.au

Network Irlande

networkirlande.com

Northern Irish Connections

Northern IrelandQueens UniversityUlsterniconnections.com

LinkedFinance

linkedfinance.com

Ireland INC

irelandinc.com

This list is based on the “Top 25 Irish Diaspora Projects” compiled by Irish consultancy Diaspora Matters. For the full version, as well as a list of 75 top world diaspora initiatives, see diasporamatters.com

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