We’re throwing a party. A big one. It’s country-wide, year-long, and larger and more ambitious than anything we’ve done before
From a minute after midnight on 1 January 2013, and for an entire year, The Gathering is taking over Ireland. The whole country is the venue, and the entire population is the host.
Pierce Brosnan describes it as a year where we “celebrate what it is to be Irish”.
Liam Neeson says: “Whether you’re first, second-generation or even with no connection to Ireland, you should visit in 2013 for a unique experience.”
Patrick and the People
The recent people's parade meant everyone could take part in Dublin's Saint Patrick's Day parade. As The Gathering Girl show us, there were all sorts from South Africa including tigers and giraffes and some colourful trumpeters. They even got to pose with the Dublin Fire Brigade!
And Trafalgar is organising its very own Gathering, too. The Irish Wonder trip for ‘Trafalgarians’ covers noble cities, majestic castles and exquisite cathedrals across Ireland. You’ll even get to kiss the Blarney Stone; wonder if jock John Robbie has ever done that?!
Bigger, better festivals
Besides the street parties, tea parties, and reunions of all types, there’s always a festival around the bend in Ireland, whether it’s for walking, racing, families, food or flowers…
During the Gathering, we’ll have our big, glitzy fireworks and blockbusters festivals – but they’ll be even bigger.
As Niamh Gallagher says: “2013 is just the beginning – a template for the future. And we can do this while having fun and giving enjoyment to others.”
The bottom line is even if you have the biggest, smallest or even no connection at all with Ireland, The Gathering is an invitation to get over here and make a connection.
We’ll be waiting, so RSVP.