AER LINGUS will play its part in next year's 'Gathering' not only by flying the diaspora back into Dublin Airport but by sponsoring a very special hurling tournament on the western sea-board.
The airline, in support of The Gathering, will host, ' The Aer Lingus Gathering Hurling Tournament' which promises to be a significant sporting event on the Irish calendar, in 2013. Aer Lingus has teamed up with Leinster Hurling champions, Galway, and the Galway Hurling Supporters Club, to make the event an even greater success. Through the airline's strong link with Galway GAA, they intend to reach out to the Irish Diaspora all over the world and encourage players and fans of our national game to visit their ancestral home for this exciting event.
The competition will take place in Galway in September 2013 and will involve sixteen teams from around the world including teams from North America, The UK, Continental Europe, Asia, Australia and of course, the four provinces of Ireland. The tournament will involve fifteen a-side teams competing in four separate groups of four. Each team will play a minimum of three games. Aer Lingus is working closely with Tourism Ireland to help promote the Gathering initiative and to encourage the global Irish community to return to Ireland for many of the planned events. The airline will offer special promotional fares to and from Ireland for those travelling to the series of events in 2013. CEO Christoph Mueller said: ' We are very proud to support ' The Gathering' initiative. We are confident that the Aer Lingus hurling tournament will help to foster an interest in one of our most loved national sports, which is an integral part of our rich Irish heritage. This is just one of a number of initiatives and events that Aer Lingus will be involved with in 2013. We look forward to welcoming many of the Irish Diaspora home to Ireland for what promises to be an exciting year.'