Ireland Reaching Out
Ballyhoura Country
The Ireland Reaching Out (IRO or Ireland XO) Project
is an Irish government sponsored initiative established
to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with the
Irish parish communities from where their ancestors
emigrated from in Ireland.
There are a number of communities within
Ballyhoura Country taking part in the project who wish
to make contact with you through the Ireland Reaching
Out website
The focus is to link our Diaspora back to the
parishes from which their ancestors hailed, but the
main goal is to welcome them home. Throughout 2013
this is what we want to do for you.
See the map of Ballyhoura Country and the
communities already involved.
Each of the communities will be providing genealogy
workshops and one on ones, graveyards visits and
heritage walks and talks and for those of you who
have additional information on your ancestors from any
of the parishes do let us know in advance so that we
can try and fill the missing pieces of your family tree.
Other aspects of our Weeks of Welcomes in
Ballyhoura Country will include live music, ceol agus
craic and a chance to meet the local people in a
festive setting.
Sliabh Felim
Lough Gur
2013 Weeks of Welcomes (WoW) Ballyhoura Country
March 8th - 17th Murroe Week of Welcomes
including Murroe/Boher Expo
July 4th - 7th Kildorrery Summer Festival
& WoW
March 17th St Patricks Day Ballyhoura Country Parades in Bruff, Kilfinane, Kilmallock, Ballylanders &
Mitchelstown to name a few.
August 13th - 19th
Kilbehenny Potato Festival & WoW
Heritage Week
May 3rd - 6th Ballyhoura Country International Walking Festival 2013 including a number of community led walks in Ballyhoura Country
August 17th - 25th
August 18th Kilmallock Walled Town Day
June Bruff Bloomsday Festival
16th June 21st - July 1st Lough Gur & Knockainey WoW
includ. Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival & Knockainey Village Fair
September 7th 15th
September The Glenroe Gathering
The Tommy Brouder Festival Bruff
Traditional Rambling House,
Irish Nights & Dancing Line Up
Ballinvreena Rambling House
2nd Wednesday of each month winter only @ 8:30pm
Ballinvreena Crossroads Dancing
Last Sunday of each month May - September @ 8pm
Ballinvreena Tea Dancing
1st Sunday of each month September - April @ 8pm
Lough Gur Rambling House, Honey Fitz Theatre
1st Thursday of each month @ 8pm
Irish Night Deebert House Hotel Kilmallock
1st Tuesday of each month, every Tuesday during
Music Nights Labbamollogga
Every Friday night at 8pm
The Irish Harp Centre Castleconnell
Concerts & recitals throughout the summer
Historic Graveyards
Throughout 2012 many Ballyhoura Country communities have been recording and surveying our historic
graveyards. Our aim is to publicly display the information recorded so that you can find your family plots within
the area. The website in which the information is transcribed is
In Ireland due to the Civil War only pockets of information have survived pre Famine therefore the details we’re
finding through the surveying work is giving a much bigger yield of information so that we can help you to
uncover more information on your ancestors.
The Gathering 2013
Ireland in its entirety will be reaching out throughout all of 2013 to further make our links as
an island with our Diaspora of in excess of 70 million people around the globe.
In Ballyhoura Country we are hoping to provide a very personal and important
experience for those of you locating your ancestry to this area but be aware that
2013 will be a very exciting time to visit Ireland with a wide range of events and
activities running year round and you are sure to have a wonderful visit.
Make 2013 your year to be welcomed home to Ireland.
Ballyhoura Country Accommodation
All registered accommodation is available to view on
However do feel free to contact the parish page on Ireland Reaching Out website to ask for help in planning
your visit or email [email protected]
Getting Here
Many routes will lead you to
Ballyhoura Country,
situated along the borders of
North Cork,
East Limerick and Tipperary.
International Access
The nearest access points into Ireland for visiting
Ballyhoura Country are Cork Airport, Shannon
Airport, Kerry Airport or Cork Ferryport.
While Dublin Airport, Rosslare Ferryport, or
Dun Laoghaire Ferryport (Dublin) are all less than
three hours drive from the heart of Ballyhoura
Access By Air
Access by Sea
Public Transport
Car Hire
Summary of important websites
Ireland Reaching Out
(Locate your parish and join!)
Historic Graves Finder
The Gathering 2013
National events listing
Ballyhoura Country
activities, destinations
and events