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# the-gathering - Monday 6 May, 2013

2013 St Patrick's Festival 'worth €121 million to Irish economy'
# Pot O' Gold
# Pot O' Gold

2013 St Patrick's Festival 'worth €121 million to Irish economy'

May 6th 2013, 5:05 PM 7,611 Views 24 Comments

That’s over twice as much as the 2010 festival.

# the-gathering - Monday 29 April, 2013

7.4pc more overseas tourists in first three months of The Gathering
# The Gathering
# The Gathering

7.4pc more overseas tourists in first three months of The Gathering

Apr 29th 2013, 11:58 AM 5,237 Views 39 Comments

CSO figures confirm a significant bump in tourist numbers from abroad in the first quarter of 2013.

# the-gathering - Thursday 25 April, 2013

6 reasons why you should jump at the chance to be in Riverdance
# Jigs And Reels
From The Daily Edge
# Jigs And Reels

6 reasons why you should jump at the chance to be in Riverdance

Apr 25th 2013, 2:49 PM 3,865 Views 3 Comments

This July a world record Riverdance attempt will take place along the banks of the Liffey.

# the-gathering - Sunday 14 April, 2013

Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that?

Apr 14th 2013, 7:30 PM 191 Views 86 Comments

Those who are cynical or opposed to the efforts of The Gathering should ask themselves why, says Larry Donnelly who questions what ignites such hostility to seemingly harmless endeavours like that of certificates of Irishness.

# the-gathering - Thursday 11 April, 2013

College offers online course in what it means to be Irish
# Identity
# Identity

College offers online course in what it means to be Irish

Apr 11th 2013, 11:54 AM 9,752 Views 27 Comments

Free open online course allows students here – and abroad – to explore Irish identity.

# the-gathering - Sunday 7 April, 2013

You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right?
# An Tóstal
# An Tóstal

You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right?

Apr 7th 2013, 8:45 AM 15,409 Views 37 Comments

‘An Tóstal’ was organised in 1953 to encourage visitors to come to Ireland outside of the normal tourist season. And it gave us the Rose of Tralee.

# the-gathering - Saturday 6 April, 2013

'Major celebration' to mark the 30th anniversary of Fungie's arrival
# Fungie
# Fungie

'Major celebration' to mark the 30th anniversary of Fungie's arrival

Apr 6th 2013, 3:43 PM 10,040 Views 37 Comments

Dingle is to mark the 30th anniversary of the arrival of Fungie the dolphin with a weekend of festivities this month.

# the-gathering - Saturday 30 March, 2013

Tom Cruise is Irish now too From The Daily Edge

Tom Cruise is Irish now too

Mar 30th 2013, 4:38 PM 21,810 Views 75 Comments

We’ve taken a look at the evidence before the star lands in Dublin next week.

# the-gathering - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Increase in trips to Ireland 'a positive start' to the year
# Tourism
# Tourism

Increase in trips to Ireland 'a positive start' to the year

Mar 27th 2013, 1:03 PM 5,433 Views 27 Comments

Latest figures from the CSO have shown that nearly 1.2 million people travelled to Ireland from December 2012 to February 2013.

# the-gathering - Sunday 24 March, 2013

Ireland is the 9th friendliest country in the world for tourists
# Céad Míle Fáilte
# Céad Míle Fáilte

Ireland is the 9th friendliest country in the world for tourists

Mar 24th 2013, 12:36 PM 30,922 Views 88 Comments

Research by the World Economic Forum says we’re still among the most welcoming countries in the world for visitors.

# the-gathering - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Fianna Fáil criticises Tánaiste for 'snubbing' men-only dinner in Georgia
# All-male Dinner
# All-male Dinner

Fianna Fáil criticises Tánaiste for 'snubbing' men-only dinner in Georgia

Mar 16th 2013, 3:52 PM 13,940 Views 113 Comments

Eamon Gilmore will not be stopping in the US city of Savannah to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, avoiding a men-only dinner that is being planned by the Hibernian Society which the Taoiseach sent a personal message to last year.

# the-gathering - Friday 15 March, 2013

Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know...
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know...

Mar 15th 2013, 7:00 PM 5,403 Views 11 Comments

Festivals and events can bring much-needed tourism to a town, village or region, generating substantial economic and socio-cultural benefits. Feargus Dunne advises on how to organise one.

Prince William and Prince Harry had an Irish cousin
# The Gathering
# The Gathering

Prince William and Prince Harry had an Irish cousin

Mar 15th 2013, 6:30 AM 15,381 Views 45 Comments

The discovery was made by researchers looking at the Morpeth Roll, a fascinating and rare snapshot of pre-famine Ireland.

# the-gathering - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Forty years ago today...Liam Cosgrave became Taoiseach
# Pic Of The Day
# Pic Of The Day

Forty years ago today...Liam Cosgrave became Taoiseach

Mar 14th 2013, 2:50 PM 6,967 Views 28 Comments

Here he is now, aged 92.

President’s St Patrick’s Day message: ‘It’s time to reflect on our shared past’
# Irishness
# Irishness

President’s St Patrick’s Day message: ‘It’s time to reflect on our shared past’

Mar 14th 2013, 7:10 AM 3,455 Views 22 Comments

Michael D Higgins says it is a time to reflect on our shared past, celebrate Ireland’s unique culture and heritage, and show our gratitude to all those who have been of assistance to Irish people at home and abroad.

# the-gathering - Friday 8 March, 2013

Dublin hotel prices ‘up 174 per cent’ for St Patrick’s Day
# Tourism
# Tourism

Dublin hotel prices ‘up 174 per cent’ for St Patrick’s Day

Mar 8th 2013, 6:40 AM 6,800 Views 80 Comments

Hotel search website Trivago says the average hotel room for Saturday week will cost €287 – up from the usual €105.

# the-gathering - Wednesday 6 March, 2013

PHOTOS: President and pals prepare for Patrick's Day broadcast
# The Gathering
# The Gathering

PHOTOS: President and pals prepare for Patrick's Day broadcast

Mar 6th 2013, 5:23 PM 7,648 Views 35 Comments

The Script, Bono, Christy Moore and Seamus Heaney will be among the artists performing on ‘Glaoch’ on March 17.

27 Irish landmarks going green for St Patrick's Festival
# Green Light
# Green Light

27 Irish landmarks going green for St Patrick's Festival

Mar 6th 2013, 11:16 AM 14,967 Views 41 Comments

Castles, memorials and at least one Government department will get the green light from 14 to 18 March.

# the-gathering - Sunday 3 March, 2013

Hoteliers call for greater action to attract tourists from Britain
# Tourism
# Tourism

Hoteliers call for greater action to attract tourists from Britain

Mar 3rd 2013, 4:02 PM 4,872 Views 44 Comments

The Irish Hotels Federation issues demands to ‘reinvigorate’ tourism marketing, after the number of British visitors fell in 2012.

# the-gathering - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

North America 'key to tourism growth' as trips to Ireland up by 50,000
# Tourism
# Tourism

North America 'key to tourism growth' as trips to Ireland up by 50,000

Feb 27th 2013, 2:49 PM 8,841 Views 33 Comments

Latest figures from the CSO have shown that nearly 1.25 million people travelled to Ireland from November 2012 to January 2013.

# the-gathering - Saturday 16 February, 2013

5 off-the-beaten track places in Ireland you really should visit
# Hidden Ireland
# Hidden Ireland

5 off-the-beaten track places in Ireland you really should visit

Feb 16th 2013, 9:15 AM 91,818 Views 125 Comments

There is no entry fee to any of these sites – so what are you waiting for?

# the-gathering - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Cork towns and homes asked to host... marching bands
# Rebel Week
# Rebel Week

Cork towns and homes asked to host... marching bands

Feb 13th 2013, 6:45 AM 5,554 Views 10 Comments

Towns and districts of Cork are being asked to host one marching band in their locality during Rebel Week.

# the-gathering - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

Major increase in number of American users of AA route planner
# Beep Beep
# Beep Beep

Major increase in number of American users of AA route planner

Feb 12th 2013, 2:38 PM 9,252 Views 9 Comments

AA Ireland reckons increased use of its online journey planner is a good sign for The Gathering…

# the-gathering - Monday 4 February, 2013

Tourism Ireland aims to get more Russians to visit here
# To Russia With Love
# To Russia With Love

Tourism Ireland aims to get more Russians to visit here

Feb 4th 2013, 2:45 PM 5,581 Views 35 Comments

Trade mission lands in Moscow and St Petersburg to raise awareness of island’s attractions to the 24 million Russians who travel abroad annually.

Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised

Feb 4th 2013, 7:00 AM 31 Views 126 Comments

This initiative is taking tourism away from the bureaucrats and returning it to the people on the ground, writes John Verling.

# the-gathering - Saturday 2 February, 2013

Here is the week's news... skewed
# Not The News
From The Daily Edge
# Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Feb 2nd 2013, 5:00 PM 7,387 Views 9 Comments

Breaking via The Mire wire: Irish phrases that could confuses visitors for The Gathering, Clare Daly’s ‘house’ measure, and disoriented man could be member of government…

# the-gathering - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Poll: Are you getting involved in The Gathering?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you getting involved in The Gathering?

Jan 31st 2013, 9:40 AM 7,370 Views 156 Comments

It’s the government scheme aimed at encouraging you to invite relatives home and organise events celebrating Irish culture, but are you getting involved?

Oireachtas agenda: HSE board, translating laws and Greece's bailout
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: HSE board, translating laws and Greece's bailout

Jan 31st 2013, 7:45 AM 2,427 Views 0 Comments

TDs will continue debating legislation to abolish the board of the HSE in the Dáil this afternoon.

# the-gathering - Sunday 20 January, 2013

National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree
# Genealogy
# Genealogy

National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree

Jan 20th 2013, 9:15 AM 6,953 Views 8 Comments

Ever wanted to trace your family tree? The National Library of Ireland will be showing people how to do it.

# the-gathering - Friday 18 January, 2013

Tourism Ireland wants to increase American tourist numbers by 20 per cent
# Come Visit Us
# Come Visit Us

Tourism Ireland wants to increase American tourist numbers by 20 per cent

Jan 18th 2013, 7:15 AM 3,923 Views 26 Comments

More than one million Americans are expected to visit Ireland this year, spending more than $1 billion – and Tourism Ireland wants to see this increase even more.

# the-gathering - Thursday 17 January, 2013

Great expectations 'part and parcel' of winning, says Joe Canning
# Hurling
From The42
# Hurling

Great expectations 'part and parcel' of winning, says Joe Canning

Jan 17th 2013, 11:30 AM 1,407 Views 0 Comments

The Galway man says the county will expect more of the same from Anthony Cunningham’s outfit this season after last year’s run to September.

# the-gathering - Saturday 12 January, 2013

This is the week's news... skewed
# Not The News
From The Daily Edge
# Not The News

This is the week's news... skewed

Jan 12th 2013, 5:00 PM 4,307 Views 0 Comments

Breaking via The Mire wire: Tinfoil hats to protect against interweb; abortion floodgates ‘like Guinness at The Gathering’; James Reilly a mystery to the Troika.

# the-gathering - Friday 11 January, 2013

LISTEN: The Gathering's theme song* has arrived
# Dance Dance Dance
From The Daily Edge
# Dance Dance Dance

LISTEN: The Gathering's theme song* has arrived

Jan 11th 2013, 12:29 PM 12,756 Views 79 Comments

No comment. (*Unofficial)

# the-gathering - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

Increase in tourists in autumn, winter 2012
# Tourism
# Tourism

Increase in tourists in autumn, winter 2012

Jan 9th 2013, 2:04 PM 2,199 Views 3 Comments

Visits from mainland Europe were up while the number of tourists coming from Britain declined.

# the-gathering - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Barna in Connemara most popular with Irish holidaymakers in 2012
# Tourism
# Tourism

Barna in Connemara most popular with Irish holidaymakers in 2012

Jan 8th 2013, 6:30 AM 7,609 Views 16 Comments

Abbeyleix, Woodenbridge and Ballina also so significant increases in online searches by Irish people.

# the-gathering - Monday 7 January, 2013

Poll: Will litter blackspots affect The Gathering?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will litter blackspots affect The Gathering?

Jan 7th 2013, 9:30 AM 4,492 Views 53 Comments

IBAL has warned that litter blackspots could tarnish the Gathering ‘experience’, despite an improvement in littering overall in Ireland. What do you think?

# the-gathering - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Leo Varadkar has a 20-point plan for 2013
# Way More Than 5
# Way More Than 5

Leo Varadkar has a 20-point plan for 2013

Jan 2nd 2013, 3:01 PM 10,660 Views 113 Comments

The Minister for Transport wants five new Acts, a new road safety strategy, a Luas connection and an independent Shannon.

# the-gathering - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

PHOTOS: The Gathering kicks off with New Year's concert in Dublin
# NYE Dublin
# NYE Dublin

PHOTOS: The Gathering kicks off with New Year's concert in Dublin

Jan 1st 2013, 1:06 PM 18,549 Views 66 Comments

The year-long tourism drive began with the NYE Dublin festival at St Stephen’s Green and College Green.

# the-gathering - Sunday 30 December, 2012

First official event of The Gathering kicks off with Dublin NYE party
# Tourism
# Tourism

First official event of The Gathering kicks off with Dublin NYE party

Dec 30th 2012, 4:26 PM 12,315 Views 96 Comments

Thousands of people are expected to take to Dublin’s streets tomorrow night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

# the-gathering - Friday 28 December, 2012

Fewer British people visited Ireland but rise in European and US tourists in 2012
# Tourism
# Tourism

Fewer British people visited Ireland but rise in European and US tourists in 2012

Dec 28th 2012, 11:54 AM 5,081 Views 23 Comments

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation has said that people in Ireland are taking less frequent, shorter and lower spending trips when they take their holidays at home.