Martina Devlin: We must spread word across the water: it's not a secret Gathering
So, here I am starting 2013 with a wander round the Liverpool docks, regenerated as a tourism attraction, where I'm bombarded with information about how this is the most Irish city in Britain.
Excellent, I'm thinking, the locals will be all over The Gathering. Ireland is on their doorstep, couldn't be handier. Dublin to Liverpool is only 134 miles – Cork lies further away from the capital.
The Gathering, as we know, is designed to cajole our overseas children into emptying their piggybanks into the Irish economy, which means the English pound should be just as welcome as the US dollar.