The Gathering Ireland 2013 has so much going on, it has its own television channel to share it
Having started the year in style with a rocking gig on New Year’s Eve in Dublin, we then welcomed almost 6,000 folks to the People’s Parade at the St Patrick’s Festival. Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis brought the Lincoln premiere to Ireland and Tom Cruise discovered his Irish ancestry while in Dublin. Ladies and gentlemen, The Gathering is officially in full swing.
Over 3,300 events, big and small, organised by individuals, families, clans, communities, clubs and organisations are now confirmed to take place across Ireland throughout 2013. And on top of the lovely local participants, we expect around 300,000 visitors to come join in the craic!
Watch the highlights
The Gathering Channel will broadcast this craic 24 hours a day, seven days a week until December 31 2013. This means you can catch up on all the action at any time using your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Or if you’re planning a trip to Ireland soon, we have a monthly round-up programme showcasing what happens during the month and previewing some of the next month’s upcoming Gatherings. This should keep you nicely up-to-date. And as if that weren’t enough, every month there will be a live broadcast from one lucky Gathering.
Summer is here and that means festival season for The Gathering. If you thought the events schedule was busy before May, you should see the line-up ahead. We’re talking writers’ workshops and literary festivals, delicious food festivals, dedicated-to-oyster festivals, rocking music festivals, clan gatherings, toe-tapping traditional music competitions, and international horse racing festivals. On top of that, the Harley Davidson is being honoured as are redheads and even a certain political hero from Cork. We even have a list of the nine weirdest and most wonderful gatherings out there!
Record breaking antics
The staff at Guinness World Records must be busy this year as all over Ireland, records are being attempted left right and centre. In Derry-Londonderry, as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations, they smashed the record for the largest coordinated song and dance routine ever. Over 5,000 ‘Annies’ sang and danced along to the song It’s a hard knock life from the hit musical Annie. In July, the Riverdance troupe will attempt to break a world record for the longest Dance line. And Ballymoe wants 1,000 bearded men to get the largest number of beards and mustaches in one place.
Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell has been doing his part and inviting people all over the world to these must-see events; outdoor festivals and music and dance shows. His take on family history is not be missed either. Jokes aside, whether you’re coming to meet your clan for the first time or just beginning to trace your ancestors, Ireland Family History can help.
So while the Gathering takes over in 2013, we’d like to remind you – as Andrew likes to say – we’ve saved you a seat!