Leitrim called on to be part of The Gathering 2013

County Leitrim is being called upon to get involved with the national tourism initiative launched by An Taoiseach: The Gathering Ireland 2013.

County Leitrim is being called upon to get involved with the national tourism initiative launched by An Taoiseach: The Gathering Ireland 2013.

A special community meeting will take place in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, July 12 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the meeting 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 pledge them online after the meeting. They will also be able to access tools and supports online to help them to organise their Gatherings.

Jim Miley, Project Director of The Gathering Ireland 2013, urged Leitrim residents to attend Thursday’s meeting, saying, “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.”

Thursday’s meeting is organised by the Leitrim Gathering Steering Committee, led by local Gathering Coordinator, Sinead McDermott, Tourism Officer with Leitrim County Council.

Announcing plans for the meeting, Ms McDermott said, “By calling this meeting, we’re asking everyone in Leitrim 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 here in Leitrim and some great ideas 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 Leitrim to be part of it.”

The Gathering will be a key element of Carrick on Shannon’s 400th Birthday festivities next year with Leitrim people living abroad being invited to return home throughout 2013 to join the celebrations.

After two successful two years in 2007 and 2008, the Leitrim Roots Festival will return in 2013. The Leitrim Roots Festival will provide an opportunity to invite people with Leitrim ancestry to come home and explore their roots during a week long programme. For further information visit www.thegatheringireland.com