Momentum for The Gathering Ireland 2013, the most ambitious tourism initiative ever undertaken in Ireland, continues to grow following a successful series of community meetings across the country. Up to 50 community meetings are planned for autumn as preparations for 2013 gather pace. Almost 2,000 people have participated in 11 meetings to date, share ideas for gatherings in their community and exploring how they can be part of the Gathering Ireland 2013.
County Roscommon native Jim Miley, Gathering Project Director stated: “There has been terrific energy and creativity at the community meetings, as communities mobilise in advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013. The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a grass roots vision for people in Ireland to commit to finding ways to bring overseas contacts to Ireland in 2013. While there will be large headline national festivals and events throughout 2013, the real opportunity for success is through communities throughout Ireland holding creative and unique Gatherings.
“The success of The Gathering Ireland 2013 relies on the people of Ireland getting behind the initiative and reaching out to people at home and abroad to celebrate this one-off yearlong celebration. Up to 50 town hall meetings are scheduled to take place and people from all walks of life are urged to attend, participate and get organising their own Gatherings.”
Already, the community meetings are helping to drive exciting Gatherings for 2013. These include:
• Roscommon Female Vet Gathering: Aileen Cust was the first female vet to practise in the British Isles getting the opportunity to do so in Athleague Roscommon. Roscommon native Gerry Browne is planning to have a Gathering of female vets from across the world in Roscommon to mark this event, using existing Veterinary networks to spread the details of the event.
Issue dated: 10 August 2012
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