Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) March 14, 2007
IrishAbroad.com is poised to break the 250,000 member mark this St PatrickÂs day, making it the largest and most popular Irish community online. The site also attracts up to 500,000 visitors a month and traffic hits a staggering 4 million page impressions in March.
All around the world, people log on to IrishAbroad.com to check out the local St. PatrickÂs Day festivities, find an Irish pub to wet the shamrock, or send online postcards to send to friends and family worldwide.
IrishAbroad.com hosts discussion boards, chat forums, photo albums, internal messaging and email. There have even been several marriages among people who first met across the virtual discussion board. The site publishes daily news from Ireland and also keeps the global Irish community updated with news from the Irish Voice and Irish America in the US and the Irish Post in Britain.
With almost 40 million Irish Americans and about 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry, more and more Irish people connect online. ÂMany North Americans have Irish roots but may not realise it,Â said IrishAbroad.com president, Myriam Hooper. ÂThis year we made a special effort so people could check out their roots and history of their family name. And, just to make it easier to get here, we have a free bi-monthly draw for 2 round-trip flights to Ireland.Â
This facility allows researchers to find out if their family name appears on the Âfamine shipsÂ which left Ireland in the 1840s. Irishabroad.com also hosts a comprehensive genealogy research section.
IrishAbroad has also reached out to charities such as GOAL USA and the St. BaldrickÂs Foundation. IA President Myriam Hooper -- who has been with Irish Abroad since it was founded in San Francisco in 1998 -- also co-designed the Irish and US GOAL websites as a volunteer effort. ÂWe hope to build on our support for non-profits,Â Ms Hooper said this week. ÂFor March, we are highlighting the St BaldrickÂs FoundationÂs Conquer ChildrenÂs Cancer campaign.Â
Myriam Hooper, General Manager