South Tipperary County Council will host a community meeting in five towns in advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013, the national tourism initiative launched earlier this year by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The special Community Meetings will take place in
Cashel - Bru Boru, Friday, November 9, 8.00pm
Carrick-on-Suir - Carraig Hotel, Wednesday, November 14, 7.30pm
Cahir - Cahir House Hotel, Thursday, November 15, 7.30 pm
Clonmel - Clonmel Park Hotel, Wednesday, November 21, 7.30 pm
Tipperary= - Ballykisteen Hotel, Thursday, November 22, 7.30 pm
All are welcome to attend the meetings which will offer an opportunity for local people to learn more about ‘The Gathering’ and how they can be involved. Anyone with ideas for a ‘Gathering’ can share them online after the meeting. They will also be able to access tools and supports online to help them to organise their own Gatherings.
Jim Miley, Project Director of The Gathering Ireland 2013, has urged Tipperary residents to attend their local meeting, saying: “The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a people’s project. It’s all about you, your family, your neighbours, your sports club, your college, your place of work – in fact, whatever community or group you belong to – planning special events in 2013 that will highlight what is great about your town and county. I know the people of Tipperary have a great spirit and some wonderful suggestions for Gatherings. We’re looking forward to hearing all of your ideas.”
All meetings are been organised by the South Tipperary’s Gathering Steering Committee. Announcing plans for the meetings, Chairman Sinead Carr, said:
“By calling these meeting, we’re asking everyone in South Tipperary to get involved in the Gathering in 2013. This is an exciting opportunity for each and every one of us to play our part in showing what is best about our County and our people. We have some great networks and ideas here 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 Tipperary to be part of it.”
In support of the Gathering initiative, Tony Musiol, Chairman of South Tipperary Tourism Company acknowledged that there are many ways for people to get involved and this will create opportunities for the local tourism sector.
Community projects already underway throughout Ireland include clan gatherings, genealogical projects, school reunions, twin-town visits and an outreach initiative where local communities will contact people who have left the country.
South Tipperary Gathering Co-Ordinator, Kathleen Prendergast, has already received queries regarding the Gathering in South Tipperary. Great encouragement is offered to people to attend the community meeting event in their area. Information and details on the opportunity for groups to apply competitively for funding for their event will be available.
Niall Morrissey, CEO of South Tipperary Development Company (STDC) advised people that there is a great opportunity for the county during the year of the Gathering and STDC will be putting in place a supportive structure for any groups organising events to enable them to get the best out of this opportunity.