A ground-breaking and innovative online project is under way to reconnect all of the descendants of Ireland. Based on the concept of the Irish Clan name, the Great Irish Online Clan Gathering is seeking to build the international profile of Ireland and its people by connecting to an audience that may never have known of their direct links to Ireland via their surname.
The Great Irish Online Clan Gathering (operated by the Irish Clans Network, an organisation funded by charitable donations from anonymous benefactors), is an extraordinary effort to join, connect and engage all those people throughout the world who have an Irish surname themselves OR have an Irish surname within their family tree.
Going several steps beyond the Irish Government’s initiative of the “Certificate of Irish Heritage”, which launched in October 2011 and requests official documentation before granting a certificate, the Great Irish Clan Gathering has absolutely no barriers to entry and provides a wealth of authoritative FREE historical content on each Irish Clan.
Taking the view that people who have, or whose ancestors have had, an Irish last name can in some way trace their heritage back to Ireland – the Great Irish Clan Gathering, launching this Christmas/New Year season, aims to use that special bond of a shared surname as the platform to do so.
And the latest developments in social media technology are at the core of the Great Irish Online Clan Gathering. A specially commissioned Facebook Application has been designed and developed to help people rally their fellow Irish Clan members, who are encouraged to join and connect with their own individual Irish Clan via the Great Irish Clan Gathering Facebook page.