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The Gathering 2013

‘The Gathering’ is a yearlong party that the whole island of Ireland is hosting during 2013. Hundreds of weird and wonderful events will be taking place throughout the year and it’s a party that should not be missed! Although there are way too many events to possibly mention, below are a few of our highlights of the Gathering 2013!

st PaddysSt Patricks Festival

14-18th March 2013
St Paddy’s day is celebrated around the world in style but nowhere is quite like Ireland. The party never ends during St Patrick’s week with festivals and parades in every town, stage entertainment with traditional music, a huge arts festival in Cork and so much more.

Irish Hot Air balloon festival

4th Sep  2013
Based in Birr, County Offaly, this balloon festival is incredibly the longest running balloon meet in the world. Spectators are invited to come to Birr Castle (free after 5pm) for incredible views as the balloons inflate and set off on their journey.

redheadsIrish Redhead convention

24th August 2013
This whacky convention in Crosshaven, Co. Cork is inviting celtic origin redheads from around the globe to come and celebrate all that is ginger. Activities include a freckle counting competition, a redhead parade and certificates for all genuine gingers and it’s all in aid of the Irish Cancer society.

The town of 1000 beards

28th June 2013
This strange gathering in Ballymoe, Co. Galway is a record breaking attempt to get more people with beards in the same place at the same is a first. The people of Ballymoe are inviting bearded men from around the globe to join them in this record attempt and there’s plenty of other fun to be had with poetry, music, a traditional streetmarket and much more.

Sovereigns cup sailing regatta

26-29th June
This sailing Regatta is the 2nd largest in Ireland with over 100 boats from right across Europe. The event is set in beautiful Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland so a trip here will involve spectacular views and fantastic food as you admire the Kinsale waters.

The Gathering 2013 has hundreds of fantastic events which take place all year long. From crowing a goat at the traditional ‘Puck Fair’ to the lefthanded festival to the great city centre cultural events taking place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and others, Ireland is truly the place to visit in 2013.

Ruth Lancey, March 2013

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