Cork will host four community meetings in advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013, the national tourism initiative launched earlier this year by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Special Community Meetings will take place in:
· The Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery on Monday September 17th, 7- 9pm
· The Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton on Wednesday September 19th, 7- 9pm
· Springfort Hall, Mallow on Thursday September 20th, 7 - 9 pm
· City Hall, Cork City on Monday September 24th , 7 - 9pm
All are welcome to attend any 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 share them online after the meetings. They will also be able to access tools and supports online to help them to organise their own Gatherings.
Jim Miley, Project Director of The Gathering Ireland 2013, has urged Cork residents to attend a meeting, saying:
“The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a people’s project. 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. I know the people of Cork have a great spirit and some wonderful suggestions for Gatherings. We’re looking forward to hearing all of your ideas.”
The meetings have been organised by the Cork Gathering Steering Committee, led by local Gathering Coordinators, Michael Mulcahy & Anne O’Donnell
Announcing plans for the meeting, they said:
“By calling this meeting, we’re asking everyone in Cork 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 and ideas here 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 Cork to be part of it.”
Community projects already underway throughout Ireland include clan gatherings, genealogical projects, school reunions, twin-town visits and an outreach initiative where local communities will contact people who have left the country.