A total of 33 Gathering events received funding in South Tipperary under the nationwide €2m IPB Gathering Ireland Fund.
Details of the gatherings were announced by Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at a launch in Castletown House, Co Kildare.
The gatherings, divided into key county flagship events and community gatherings are funded as a result of a €1M philanthropic donation by IPB Insurance that was matched by the Gathering Ireland in response to the enormous interest expressed nationwide in the tourism initiative. The overall total of 33 funded events in South Tipperary is made up two flagship events and thirty one local community events.
One of the flagship events is the Tipperary GAA Gathering Project.
All those who now reside abroad, who have played for Tipperary in either hurling or football from minor level upwards at championship level will be invited home for a weekend of celebration on the weekend of June 9 for the Tipperary versus Limerick in the first round of the Munster Hurling Championship Semi-final which will be played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
The former players will be brought on the Saturday night, June 8, to Bru Boru in Cashel for a night of Irish cultural entertainment, refreshments and songs and stories in a rambling-house format in which the guests would participate.
On Sunday the former players would be brought by bus to Limerick, provided with match tickets for the Munster hurling championship semi final and treated to a meal afterwards. The guests will be located in Tipperary for the duration of their stay.
The second flagship event is the Tipperary Meet your Grandparents Gathering – Tipperary 100 years ago.
On July 14, Tipperary Town will be re-created as it was 100 years ago in July of 1913. Over 100 people in vintage dress will play the part of locals taken from the 1911 census.
An invitation will be issued abroad to all past residents of Tipperary Town and County to come and experience a replica traditional market town with all the hustle and bustle of a typical market day in Tipperary. Vintage style transport, horse and cart, bicycles, hay carts, vintage prams or toys will only be allowed to enter the streets. Traditional arts and crafts will be performed in the open street – brush dancing, traditional irish dancing, set dancing, traditional music, performances by local Seanachie, enacting of an Irish wedding, an Irish wake, the emigrants departure and soldiers will parade through the town.
Other Gathering events in receipt of funding:
St Patricks Genealogy & Heritage Weekend, Reunion of all Prides of Tipperary, Clonmel Cycling Suir Valley Gathering Event. Knockmeldown Active Group Walking Festival, County Tipperary Historical Society Butler Clan Conference, South Tipperary Sports Partnership Sports Conference, Maurice Davin Memorial Gathering, Anglo Norman Families Reunion, Ned Kelly Gathering, The Dexter Cattle Society,Ballingarry Parish Journal Committee, Trip to Tipp Music Festival, Newcastle homecoming, The commons School Reunion, South Tipperary Rural Arts Group Festival Gathering, Golden Kilfeacle Queen of the Suir Gathering, New Inn Rosegreen Basketball Gathering, Emly Village Gathering, Fethard Emigrants Reunion Gathering, Martin Duffy Descendants Gathering, St Ailbes School Reunion , The Loughman Gathering, Clonmel Town Football Club Reunion, Lagginstown School Reunion, Kilfeacle & District RFC Reunion, Ballingeary ICA Festive Gathering, Fionn Mac Cumhail Players Drama Reunion, Kelly Clan Association Gathering, Larkspur Park Tennis Club Reunion, C.J. Kickham Band Reunion, Bermingham Reunion Ballycullen Gathering
South Tipperary County Manager Billy McEvoy, hailed the number of community groups in the County that have recognised the opportunity that this exciting initiative brings to their local area.
“South Tipperary has never been found wanting in regard to highlighting or engaging with the great sense of pride and place that exists, nor has it overlooked the opportunity that the Gathering provides for a positive economic impact through the hosting of a variety of events. The interest and uptake in relation to the Gathering 2013 once again proudly brings South Tipperary to the fore”, he said.
Kathleen Prendergast, South Tipperary Gathering Co-ordinator complimented all those that applied for funding.
“The standard of application was very high and whilst it was not possible to fund all those that were submitted, a further round of funding opportunity will be launched in late March in South Tipperary sponsored by South Tipperary County Council and South Tipperary Tourism Company.” Kathleen advised that people interested in applying for this funding can contact Vincent O’Shea, (087 2384599 or email@example.com) who is the Gathering Animator with South Tipperary Development Company. He will be in a position to support communities or organisation in making an application to the next round.