Kilkenny gets ready for The Gathering

IF you were one of the lucky ones to be at Croke Park on Sunday last for the All-Ireland Final you would have got the opening taster of the efforts to organise The Gathering 2013. A spectaculr display before the All-Ireland throw in kicked off the campaign here in Kilkenny and as we await the replay in three weeks time, pride of place and brining bpeople back home next year will be high on the agenda

IF you were one of the lucky ones to be at Croke Park on Sunday last for the All-Ireland Final you would have got the opening taster of the efforts to organise The Gathering 2013. A spectaculr display before the All-Ireland throw in kicked off the campaign here in Kilkenny and as we await the replay in three weeks time, pride of place and brining bpeople back home next year will be high on the agenda

As the city and county is wearing the black and amber with pride, the residents of Kilkenny have a lot to be proud of. And that’s exactly what ‘The Gathering’ hopes to explore and celebrate – but just what exactly does it mean to be from Kilkenny?

The Gathering, which is a Failte Ireland initiative, is encouraging everybody to celebrate their county colour and invite family, friends, clubs and visitors to participate in a year-long calendar of events showcasing what is special about their community. A series of community briefings are scheduled throughout Kilkenny over the coming weeks whereby the public will get a chance to relay what matters to them in their localities and what Gathering events could take place.

The Gathering for Kilkenny is kicking off with a community meeting being held at 7pm on Monday evening, September 17th in Castlecomer Discovery Park. This will give anyone with an interest in promoting their location an opportunity to hear what ‘the Gathering’ is all about and how they can get involved. You will also get a chance to hear Bobby Kerr of Insomnia, Bang Cafe and Newstalk’s ‘Down to business’ discuss what is special to him about Kilkenny and why he is so proud of his and his family’s connections with the area. Also on board are Brian Cody, Helen Carroll, Evanne ni Chuileann and Darren Holden, already fantastic Ambassadors for Kilkenny, reaching an eclectic audience in sporting, agricultural, entrepreneurial, musical and business circles. They have kindly volunteered their time, expertise, networks and energy into promoting ‘The Gathering’ agenda for Kilkenny.

Further meetings will be held in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny on Monday 24th September and Abbey Community College Ferrybank on Tuesday 25th September both at 7pm and all meetings are open to everyone.

Announcing plans for the meeting, Rosemary Collier, Committee Chairperson said:

“We’re asking everyone in Kilkenny to get involved in the Gathering in 2013. This is an exciting opportunity for each and every one of us to play our part in showing what is best about our County and our people. We have some great networks and ideas here as to how we can reach out to our friends and loved ones overseas and invite them home next year.  2013 is going to be an incredible year in Ireland and we want Kilkenny to be part of it.”

Urging locals to attend one of the meetings, Joe Crockett, City & County Manager, said “Kilkenny is already renowned as a cosmopolitan, cultural, and creative hub. It is an inspirational and connected place and The Gathering gives us all a real opportunity to reach out and celebrate what is special about it”.

So whether you think it’s the host of festivals – be it Kilkenny Arts, Cat Laughs or Savour Festivals, or the rich GAA roots embedded in every parish, or the heritage, crafts or the people and communities that enrich our lives, go along to the Gathering community briefings and take your opportunity to play your part in ensuring Kilkenny gets the attention it deserves for the Gathering 2013

Contact details: Aisling Hayes – Tel: 056 7794106 / Email: aisling.hayes@kilkennycoco.ie

For further information visit www.thegatheringireland.com