The Irish diaspora of upwards of 70M people worldwide plays an important role in Irish affairs; economic, social and cultural.
Since 2015, Irish Government policy states there is also potential for local communities or counties to reach out to their own diaspora and build new relationships that will help local and regional development. Global Limerick is one such project whose aim is to connect Limerick with its diaspora no matter where they are living. It is led by Limerick City & County Council.
The Limerick diaspora is made up from those who were born in Limerick, descendants of previous emigrants from Limerick or anyone with an affinity to Limerick, through education, work, or other interests. The Limerick diaspora may extend up to 3.5M people worldwide.
Global Limerick Video Introduction.
Aims of Global Limerick
To locate and connect with the Limerick diaspora and thereby make it a real, connected group.
To promote Limerick City & County through the circulation of positive stories with Limerick content.
To listen, respond and connect with the Limerick diaspora.
To enable the Limerick diaspora communicate with the home-place and with each other.
To develop and build the Global Limerick brand.
To record and develop Limerick’s experience in the field of diaspora engagement.
An active web platform will be key in achieving these aims.
Scoping & Survey Report Global Limerick completed a Scoping Study & Survey in 2014 and launched the results in February 2015.
There were three main findings:
For the Limerick diaspora wherever they are, Limerick remains a key part of their identity.
The Limerick diaspora want a closer engagement by way of communication about and from Limerick.
The Limerick diaspora want positive and timely stories about Limerick.