Start Planning Now for Ireland’s The Gathering 2013

There are more than 70 million people with Irish ancestry. With McAuley as a surname, I’m one of them. And even though our last Irish family connection dates back to the 1840s, I’ve discovered that the allure and romance of the Old Country is surprisingly strong.

Especially if you’re a golfer. In that case, there’s no Irish ancestry required — if you have golf in your veins, then playing Ireland’s famous links courses is like coming home.

The Gathering Ireland 2013 logoAnd there’s no better time to plan for a visit. In 2013, Ireland is hosting The Gathering, billed as a “people’s party” made up of hundreds of festivals and special events showcasing Irish culture, sport and tradition.

Major happenings include The Temple Bar TradFest (January 22-27) — six days of Irish music and culture held in historic venues around Dublin — and the St. Patrick’s Festival (March 14-18), as well as the debut of a new show from the makers of Riverdance. Smaller events include clan gatherings; essentially extended family reunions for those who share ties through an Irish surname. Whatever your connection — as an expat, descendant, family, friend, or simply someone with an interest in the Emerald Isle — you’re invited to join in and celebrate the best of Ireland.

The Gathering starts with an official kick-off at the New Year’s Eve Festival in Dublin and continues on throughout the year in communities, both big and small, across the country. For event details and more information, visit Discover Ireland.


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