Ireland's tourism officials introduced a new initiative called The Gathering: Ireland 2013 in Boston last Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Boston Harbor Hotel before an audience of tour operators, travel agencies, local media and representatives of Irish organizations.
Irish Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar, T.D., told the audience, "I am delighted to be here in Boston and I carry with me a very special message from the government of Ireland. We want you to invite anyone with a connection to Ireland to come and visit and be our our unique celebration, The Gathering.
The massive, year-long celebration of Ireland will bring the country's sprawling Diaspora back to Ireland for a series of family gatherings, festivals, sporting events, concerts and a variety of special activities taking place in counties, cities, towns and villages across the Irish landscape.
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For more details on The Gathering, visit DiscoverIreland.com or follow The Gathering on Facebook.
In Massachusetts and New England, check back for local stories about The Gathering by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.