The initiative by Mayo County Council and the Western Development Commission (WDC) in launching a 'global Mayo family' website – www.mayo.ie - is surely the way forward to unite natives of the county who are scattered worldwide.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny was on hand for the launch of the site, which brings together a wide range of information on all aspects of Mayo from business and social interaction to genealogy and local history.
The initiative is aimed at the three million people worldwide who originate from Mayo, along with those who currently live, work or just have a love for the county.
It will allow people go online and maintain valuable networks for businesses both at home and abroad.
County manager Peter Hynes has spearheaded the project, which is led by council officials Martina Hughes and Rick Love.
Their task will be to coordinate and liaise with all the interested organisations who will feed into the site.
The task is enormous but the results can and will be gigantic for all involved as it will give an opportunity for people to stay connected both locally and internationally.
Mr. Hynes said the project provides a platform for Mayo communities to connect, share information and form linkages both within their own communities and with other Mayo communities worldwide.
One of the unique elements of the website is the fact current information on all the towns and villages of Mayo will be available on one site and just a click away for those seeking their roots.
Equally it will be the perfect place for Mayo people all over the globe to update on local news which will be provided by the county's three newspapers, The Western People, Mayo News and The Connaught Telegraph, as well as Midwest Radio.
Each of these media organisations will upload their top news and sporting stories on a rota basis with our contribution going 'live' from today (Tuesday).
People are invited to become members of the global Mayo community and to create their own personal profile, outlining where they are in the world, their interests and activities and to discuss topics of interest with other members of this virtual global community.
Registering as a member is free and can be completed in a number of simple steps on www.mayo.ie.
Hopefully there will be an economic spin-off for the region with the attracting of foreign investment