Cavan Diaspora Engagement Project launch

Cavan Diaspora Engagement Project launch

The Cavan Diaspora Engagement Project was launched in New York on St Patrick's Weekend by Cllr Fergal Curtin, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council, and Joe McHugh, TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora at the Department of the Taoiseach.

Published on: 21 Mar 2017

Cavan is a county with a significant Diaspora population. Cavan County Council recognises the many opportunities for communication, networking and partnership for the vibrant community of Cavan living at home in Ireland and across the globe.

The Cavan Diaspora Engagement Project offers a chance to step forward and extend the hand of friendship to the thousands of people who may wish to shape the future of Cavan, no matter where they live.

This community is made up of people from every walk of life with a link to Cavan in some way, by ancestry, through business or community connections as well as friendship. We acknowledge the importance of sustaining this unique Diaspora, creating a platform that deliberately connects with and supports this diverse community of people. As well as reaching out to the Diaspora abroad, there is huge potential for local communities to reach out to their own diasporas to build new relationships to benefit local development.

The offer from Cavan is strong - stunning landscapes, vibrant sporting communities, proud heritage, incredible culture and a skilled workforce. Geographically, Cavan has great links to the West, to Northern Ireland and to Dublin.

This diaspora engagement programme will create authentic pathways for communication by strategically reaching out to members of the County’s Diaspora.

The programme will be guided by a Diaspora Strategy, for which Cavan County Council received funding of €10,000 from the Department of the Taoiseach.

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Photo: Pictured at the launch of the Cavan Diaspora Engagement Strategy in the Irish Consulate, New York, are Michael O'Reilly, President Cavan P&B Association of New York, Cllr Fergal Curtin, Cathaoirleach Cavan County Council, Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Diaspora, Connie O'Reilly, O'Reilly's Pubs New York and Crover House Hotel, and Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council