Plans Underway for North Tipperary Gatherings as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013

Over 150 people attended at Gathering meeting held in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh in
July to generate ideas and plans to bring Gatherings to North Tipperary in 2013. The
Gathering, an initiative launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar
TD, aims to be the biggest tourism event held in Ireland, bringing in 325,000 new tourists to
Ireland in 2013.

The Gathering meeting was organised by the County Gathering Coordinator, Attracta Lyons
who said “The objective of the Gathering 2013 is to reach out to our diaspora and all our
connections abroad – family, friends, business or education and give them a compelling
reason to come to North Tipperary. The Gathering 2013 calls on everyone to join in, by
identifying overseas contacts and inviting them back for an extraordinary yearlong
celebration. In this way, North Tipperary can play its part and have a positive impact on
Ireland economic recovery. There were some really great ideas generated at the meeting.
What needs to happen next is that people activate these ideas; make them real, bring their
North Tipperary Gatherings to life”

Some of the ideas generated at the meeting include;
1. ‘Come back all is forgiven’ – Tracing the descendants of the former North Tipperary
Jail and inviting them back to North Tipperary
2. ‘Tipperary Ruas’ – Gathering of the red heads who claim North Tipperary ancestry.
Jim Miley, Project Director of The Gathering Ireland 2013 commented “The individuality of
the ideas that came out of the North Tipperary meeting is what can make the Gathering a
success here. What we hope to see is each community and each county using its unique
attributes and resources to inspire people from around the world to visit. The next step is
the commitment to see these plans become a reality in 2013. I would strongly encourage
people who attended to really consider how they can get involved”.

The Gathering Steering Committee for North Tipperary includes;
Attracta Lyons, Local Gathering Coordinator, North Tipperary County Council
Alice Varley, Irish Country Women’s Association
John’Rocky’McGrath, GAA
Noreen O’Sullivan, Vintners Federation of Ireland
Fiona Connolly, Chambers Ireland
Elaine Cullinan, North Tipperary Sports Partnership
Philip Kinane & William Shortall, Irish Farmers Association
Paul Ryan, Shannon Development
Bernie Leonard, Shannon Development
Laura Meehan, Shannon Development
Áine Mc Carthy, North Tipperary County Council
Patrick Killeen, North Tipperary Leader Partnership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back row (l-r) Patrick Killeen, Bernie Leonard, Jim Miley, William Shortall, Elaine Cullinan, Fiona
Connolly. Front row (l-r) Áine Mc Carthy, Attracta Lyons, John’Rocky’McGrath, Alice Varley.
All ideas generated at the Community Meeting in July will be circulated to everyone who attended
which will kick start the coordination of gatherings in North Tipperary for 2013.
For further information on The Gathering 2013, please visit www.thegatheringireland.com or
contact Attracta Lyons, Local Gathering Coordinator North Tipperary.

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