Getting into shape for a Limerick Gathering

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

INDIVIDUALS, community groups and voluntary organisations will shortly have another chance to put forward their ideas about making the Gathering in Limerick in 2013 a success.

INDIVIDUALS, community groups and voluntary organisations will shortly have another chance to put forward their ideas about making the Gathering in Limerick in 2013 a success.

Following fast on the heels of a very well attended meeting in Adare, a second meeting has now been called to take pace in the Strand Hotel, Limerick on Tuesday, October 23 starting sharp at 7.30pm.

“We really were delighted with the outcomes from the public meeting in the Woodlands Hotel last month and the genuine passion and enthusiasm that were evident on the night,” Donal Fitzgibbon, chairman of the steering committee for the Limerick Gathering said this week. “We realised that a further Gathering meeting was necessary to give those who couldn’t attend another chance to share their views and ideas.”

The meeting in Limerick city will also give people a chance to learn more about The Gathering and how they can become involved.

“By calling this further meeting, we are asking everyone in Limerick who would like to get involved in the Gathering in 2013 to do so. This is an exciting opportunity for each and every one of us to play our part in showing what is best about Limerick and its people. We have some great networks here in Limerick and already some truly wonderful ideas 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 everyone across Limerick to be part of it,” Mr. Fitzgibbon added.

Many communities have already gone ahead and started planning their events and making contact with overseas friends, relations, neighbours and anybody interested in coming to Limerick in 2013. Amongst the Limerick events already proposed include an international ‘limericks’ festival, a world clay pigeon shoot, a Limerick Choral Festival, a walking tour of Limerick to incorporate culture, food, history and music, a Fleadh Gathering in Castletroy, a Fitzgerald clan gathering in Adare and an international harp festival in Castleconnell. Communities are also undertaking outreach activity, reaching out to fellow parishioners now living abroad – or their descendants.

Rugby star Paul O’Connell is one of a number of well-known Irish figures who are adding their weight to the Gathering initiative, which aims to attract over 300,000 extra visitors to Ireland next year and boost the economy as well as building solidarity with the Irish diaspora. Others include Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.

A Calendar of Limerick Events will be published towards the end of this year and if you want to be included, send your details to Lisa Ruttle at lruttle@limerickcoco.ie.

For further information visit The Gathering or follow The Gathering Limerick on Twitter @thegatheringlk or Facebook on The Gathering Limerick.

Alternative, ring Deirdre Minogue (city) 061-407309 or Mary Killeen Fitzgerald (county) 061-496214.