Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has urged local people right across Kildare to get on board for The Gathering and start thinking about how they can be involved in the biggest tourism initiative this country has ever seen.
“The Gathering, as announced by the Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar, will be a year-long programme of events in 2013 aimed at showcasing the best that Ireland has to offer. While major festivals will play a huge role, there will also be a focus on gatherings organised by local community groups and organisations. And that’s why I’m calling on people in Kildare North to get involved.
“Now is the time to start coming up with ideas and for local individuals, clubs and groups to put their thinking hats on. An event could be anything from a family reunion to a sporting event or a local festival. It’s all aimed at getting the Irish abroad and anyone with an interest in Ireland to come to these shores in 2013.
“It’s hoped the Gathering could attract an extra 300,000 visitors to Ireland, with huge economic benefits. This is something the whole country can share in. I am sure there are people throughout Kildare North who already have great ideas. Let’s work together on this one to come up with ways for each community to take part.
“If you are a member of a club or an organisation, why not get together now and think about how you can make your mark. There’s a huge reserve of talent and goodwill right across the country that is just waiting to be tapped into. So I am encouraging local people in Kildare North to talk to neighbours, family, colleagues and club mates and get on board for The Gathering. You can register your interest by submitting an email address to www.gatheringireland.com.”