FINGAL is being prepared for ' The Gathering 2013' and to welcome back its sons and daughters that have spread their wings across the globe in a year-long festival next year.
Some 50 community leaders came together at County Hall in Swords recently where tentative plans and ideas for Fingal's participation in the national event were discussed.
The Gathering Ireland 2013, an initiative launched by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, is set to be the biggest tourism initiative ever in Ireland, bringing an estimated 325,000 additional overseas tourists to Ireland in 2013. The Fingal Community meeting was organised by the County Gathering Coordinator, Noeleen McHugh of Fingal Council. A large number of Gatherings for Fingal in 2013 were proposed and a website www.thegatheringireland.com is now available for those ideas to be shared. The website also contains tools and resources for people to plan their Gatherings. Gathering Coordinator, Noeleen McHugh said: ' There was a terrific sense of enthusiasm at the Swords meeting and the ideas that were generated there on Thursday could definitely bring people to area. What we need now is for people to get behind these terrific ideas and put the plans in place to make Fingal a hub of activity for 2013.' Gathering ideas generated at the meeting included a Viking Festival and a Fingal Literary Festival. Elaine O'Sullivan, Fingal Tourism, said: ' The Gathering Ireland 2013 has the potential to bring a genuine boost to the region. If we all make an effort to put the ideas into place and commit to the plans there will be a great boost to Fingal in 2013.' For further information log onto www.thegatheringireland.com