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The Gathering - Ireland 2013
2013 is the year to visit Ireland. Ireland is hosting a year-long celebration of all things Irish.
Whether you've always harbored a desire to visit Ireland, it's on your 'bucket list', you want to visit family and friends, or you just want to come home to 'the old sod', there'll be a huge welcome for you.
Ireland is the land of "Cead Mile Failte" (which means "a hundred thousand welcomes").
Throughout the year, there will be a series of events to mark the celebration. There will be clan gatherings, sporting events, music festivals, concerts and much more.
The party will kick off with a New Year's Eve party in Dublin.
We're expecting quite a few people! There are over 1 million people abroad who were born in Ireland and there is an Irish dispora of around 70 million people worldwide.
People, groups and familys can create their own Gatherings and set them up on The Gathering website www.thegatheringireland.com .
Tracing your roots
This is an ideal year to trace your Irish family heritage. There are many supports and facilities to assist you in doing this.
No fewer than 4 recent US Presidents can claim Irish heritage, maybe you can too!
So, whether you are at home or abroad, Irish born or not, get involved and be part of The Gathering. People are at the heart of the project - it is people led.