The Harvest Gathering

People came from all corners of the county and further afield last weekend to celebrate the Harvest Gathering in Dunbell last .

The young, the old, the brave and the bold descended on Connollys Pub in Dunbell, which is a well known and popular watering hole in the locality.

There was a carnival like atmosphere at the crossroads as friends and family reconnected and entertained each other.

A pig was roasted on a spit with Alan Cullen of Noreside Catering at the helm and there was music by Pat Treacy and revelry into the weee hours.

Guest of honour was Stefan Doyle who has just returned from Australia as part of the 2013 gathering. The event was hosted by Jim and Theresa Connolly.

Another Gathering event took place in Graignamangh last Saturday when the Stokes and Bolgers and their extended friends and family reunited. Cousins and siblings from the the family of Tom Bolger and Grandfather Bob Stokes gather in their ancestral home town with people travelling from all over Ireland and several people making the trip from the UK.

Planned Gathering events in Kilkenny over the coming months include St Canices Cathedral Patronal Weekend which runs from Octover 11 - 13, Shankil Castle Halloween Scarefest which runs from October 30 to 31 and the Kilkenny Chess Conference which takes place from November 22 to 24.

Hundreds of Gathering events have taken place in the city and county over the past nine months as part of The Gathering .