Gathering ambassadors to welcome visitors to city

A thousand welcomes: the Gathering Volunteer Ambassador programme is launched this week. Picture: Alan Place
VISITORS to Limerick are to receive an extra warm welcome as the volunteer ‘Gathering’ ambassadors take to the streets of city this summer.

VISITORS to Limerick are to receive an extra warm welcome as the volunteer ‘Gathering’ ambassadors take to the streets of city this summer.

Running as part of the national Gathering initiative, Limerick is one of five locations around the country selected to host ambassadors on the streets in order to meet visitors and giving them information about events happening in the area.

The city and county has a comprehensive programme of events taking place as part of the diaspora project - 147 festivals and events at last count - and Mary Killeen Fitzgerald, coordinator of the volunteer ambassador project in Limerick, said that the ambassadors would “showcase the range of quality Gathering events taking place in Limerick this year”.

“We are delighted to be able to participate in the Gathering Volunteer Ambassador Programme,” she said.

Volunteer Ireland - on behalf of the Gathering - are recruiting ambassadors for the programme, which runs until October.

“People who are passionate about their area’s attractions, traditions or culture can still register to be part of the programme and help welcome visitors to Limerick City throughout the busy tourist season,” explained Ms Killeen Fitzgerald.

The first half of 2013 has already seen a number of significant Gathering events held throughout Limerick, including the Abbey Fishermen Homecoming Gathering, Riverfest Limerick, Great Limerick Run, LIT Film Festival and Fleadh by the Feale.

Events scheduled to take place during the coming months include Bloomsday in Bruff (June 13-16), FISA World Rowing Tour 2013 (June 15), The Gathering at Glenstal (June 22), Blas International Summer School (June 24 - July 6), A Week of Welcomes in Kilmallock (July 12-21), Angela’s Ashes - The Musical in the Lime Tree Theatre (July 14-21), Irish Festival of Speed at Greenmount Raceway and Limerick City (August 3-4), and the inaugural Richard Harris International Film Festival in Dooradoyle, UL and the Georgian House in the city (October 25-27).

Volunteers must be 18 or over, have fluent English and should be available to volunteer for one two-hour shift per week from Wednesday through Sunday.

See www.volunteer.ie/events/thegathering for more details.