|The Emerald Origins App|
The story of The Wild Geese is the beginning of Irish migration throughout the world and the impact that this had on countless communities. But although The Wild Geese left Ireland voluntarily in 1691, they hoped that this would not be for long.
Although Sarsfield would never return to Ireland, Wild Geese are continuing their journey home. Following the successful visit of Barack Obama, there has been a resurgence in people in search of their Irish ancestry. In response to this, Emerald Origins, a Dublin-based company, has developed an app for the iPhone which will give people ‘a brief family history, with locations and photos’.
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Emerald Origins says that interest in the application has jumped a massive 300 percent since [Obama's] high profile visit.
‘it’s interesting… while we expected a large amount of interest from the States and Australia, we’ve been really surprised with the amount of Irish people who want to find out where they come from too’ said Richard Egan, Managing Director of Emerald Origins.