The Gathering 2013 – the Year to Visit Ireland

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If Ireland has ever been on your list of places to visit, 2013 is the year to take the plunge and finally step foot on the Emerald Isle. Why? Well, because 2013 is the year of The Gathering, a 365 day party, and everyone is invited!

So what exactly is The Gathering?

From a minute after midnight on 1 January 2013, and for an entire year, The Gathering is taking over Ireland. The whole country is the venue, and the entire population is the host. Via. www.ireland.com

Great 2013 Gathering Events:

Throughout the year, individuals and communities across the country will be holding events that celebrate Ireland and their community pride. There really will be something for everyone over the course of the year, with everything from sporting events, theatre and arts installations, to family and clan gatherings with invitations to people from around the globe.

Discover Something New at the Galway Arts Festival, 2013


The Galway Arts Festival is nothing new; it’s actually Ireland’s largest international arts festival. It was founded in 1978 and has since grown to be an arts festival with a global reputation. In 2012 the 14 day festival hosted 160 performances, talks and exhibitions in 27 venues, and the 2013 edition is going to be even bigger and better! Stay up to date about the event, which is to be held from 15-28 July, by visiting their website – www.galwayartsfestival.com

National Heritage Week – Be Part of It. It’s Part of You

The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about Irish heritage and encourage its conservation and preservation. This year’s National Heritage Week takes place from the 17-25 August and will be marked by events around the country, such as heritage walks, traditional music recitals, tours of some of Ireland’s most ancient monuments. Find out about all of the events, or register your own, at www.heritageweek.ie

All-Ireland Football Championship – One of Ireland’s Premier Sporting Events


If you really want to get a taste of Irish culture then head to the All-Ireland Football Championships, the premier competition in Gaelic football. Championship games will take place from June 2013 onwards, with the All-Ireland final taking place on 22 September 2013. Even if you can’t manage to nab yourself a ticket, the atmosphere outside of the venues, especially Dublin’s Páirc an Chrócaigh will be absolutely electric.

So, Get Yourself to Ireland!

With so much going on throughout 2013 this really is the year to visit Ireland. We have a great selection of holiday cottages located throughout Ireland, and we can even help to organize your ferry over or a rental car once you arrive. If you’re planning to fly and leave your car at the airport visit Essential Travel to get the best deal.

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