Tipp town selected to play major role in Gathering celebration

Tipperary IRD /Chamber of Commerce are thrilled to announce the success of their application to have the Tipperary Town Festival designated as one of the major flagship events of the South Tipperary Gathering 2013.

Tipperary IRD /Chamber of Commerce are thrilled to announce the success of their application to have the Tipperary Town Festival designated as one of the major flagship events of the South Tipperary Gathering 2013.

“We are delighted that the, ‘Long Way To Tipperary Festival’ has been chosen as the keynote Gathering event in South Tipperary for 2013,” said Shane Kelly, Chairman of TIRD/Chamber. “This selection as the premier Gathering festival is a resounding endorsement of the efforts of the TIRD 2012 Festival Committee led by Elaine Fitzpatrick, Brian English and Michelle Guerin.”

 “The participation of local community groups, the Tipperary Musical Society, residents associations and the people of Tipperary made the 2012 festival the success it became. We are proud that Tipperary town will be the focus of the Gathering in this region and welcome the opportunity to showcase what Tipperary, The Glen of Aherlow and West Tipperary in general have to offer.”

A total of 33 Gathering events received funding in South Tipperary under the nationwide €2m IPB Gathering Ireland Fund. Details were announced by Michael Ring, T.D., 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 of two flagship events and 31 local community events.

The two flagship events are, the ‘Tipperary GAA Gathering Project’ and ‘Tipperary Meet your Grandparents Gathering’ – Tipperary 100 years ago.

For the latter event, on July 14, 2013, 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 Seanachai, enacting of an Irish wedding, an Irish wake, the emigrants departure and soldiers will parade through the town.

For 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 the 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, 8th June, 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.

Elaine Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of the Festival Committee says, “The Tipperary Festival team are delighted all the hard work and community effort from last year’s festival has paid off and Tipperary Town has been selected as the flagship town for the Tipperary Gathering.  The, ‘Meet your Grandparents’ Tipperary 
100 years ago, will be one of the highlight events of this years festival scheduled 
for July 5 to 14, 2013.”

“Expanding on the vintage theme from last year, the Festival team with the additional support of Tipperary Vintage Rally intend to have all the hustle and bustle of a traditional fair day in the town and everyone is invited to participate by dressing up and playing their part.  We encourage more people to get involved in the festival, either in the vintage day, churn racing, food & craft fair or the many voluntary roles.  This is Tipperary’s moment a time to showcase our town to the world and invite home all our relatives and friends from abroad,” said the Chairperson.

Kathleen Prendergast, South Tipperary Gathering Co-coordinator 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 vincent.oshea@eircom.net) 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.

Shane Kelly, Chairman of TIRD/Chamber, “We hope that all stakeholders from the hospitality and tourism sectors will rally around to drive the organising of this year’s festival and look forward to welcoming returning family members and new visitors to our town over the coming months.”

“The Tipperary Chamber would welcome the support and participation of all civic-minded groups and individuals who would like to be involved in this exciting project.” Contact the TIRD/Chamber office at 3, James Street, Tipperary on: 062-31244 to register interest.