Ireland: The Gathering 2013

Ireland: The Gathering 2013


It is said that 70 million people world wide claim Irish ancestry. The Gathering 2013 is a call to all those to head back to Ireland and celebrate. Will you be there?

The People’s Parade

More than 2,500 locally organized gatherings are planned for villages, towns, and cities across the country, consisting of everything from clan gatherings and festivals to sporting and music events.

Some of the main events include the four-day St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, the Great Limerick Run, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, the European Athletics Team Championships, the Rose of Tralee Festival, the Morpeth Roll Exhibition Tour, the Gathering Cruise, and the famed Galway Races—to name just a few.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, dubbed “The People’s Parade,” offers a unique opportunity for up to 8,000 visitors to march in the parade ahead of the main floats, then return to watch the parade from a reserved area.

“You can go onto the St Patrick’s Festival website and you can apply to walk in the St Patrick’s parade—it’s never been done before,” says Shackleford.

“It’s a two-and-a half kilometre route through Dublin’s famous streets, and there’ll be music and street performers,” she adds, noting that many Canadians and Americans have already been accepted to participate in the parade.

The famous Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, an event embracing all aspects of Irish cultural traditions, music, song, and dance, will be held in Londonderry this year—its first time in 60 years to cross the border into Northern Ireland.

More than 2,500 locally organized gatherings are planned for villages, towns, and cities across the country.

Through June and July, during the provincial finals of the Fleadh Cheoil competition, there will be Fleadh Summer Gatherings consisting of lectures, concerts, storytelling sessions, and recitals, all themed to reflect The Gathering. The Fleadh itself will take place Aug. 12-18.

The finals of the Tribal Oyster Shuck-Off competition will be held during the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, billed as the world’s longest-running international seafood festival.

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