Gathering ideas from communities

Kilkenny is set to host community meetings in advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013, a national tourism initiative. 

Kilkenny is set to host community meetings in advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013, a national tourism initiative. 

Meetings will take place in the Castlecomer Discovery Park on September 17 and in the Newpark Hotel on September 24, both at 7pm, and will be attended by Bobby Kerr and Brian Cody.

All are welcome to attend the meetings, which will offer an opportunity for local people to learn more about ‘The Gathering’ and how they can be involved.

“It’s all about you, your family, your neighbours, your sports club, your college, your place of work – in fact, whatever community or group you belong to – planning special events in 2013 that will highlight what is great about your town and county,” said project manager Jim Miley. “I know the people of Kilkenny have a great spirit and some wonderful suggestions for Gatherings. We’re looking forward to hearing all of your ideas.”

Community projects already under way throughout Ireland include clan gatherings, genealogical projects, school reunions, twin-town visits and an outreach initiative where local communities will contact people who have left the country. For further information, see www.thegatheringireland.com.