THE GAA is the ideal vehicle to assist in the Gathering initiative next year, according to outgoing County Board PRO, Gerry O'Connor.
He pointed out that the County Board is represented on a very active local Committee which is discussing ways to highlight and improve existing festivals and to create new ideas in conjunction with the Gathering initiative.
In his annual report, Mr. O'Connor noted that in a twelve month period, GAA teams from Sligo will have travelled to New York, Warwickshire, London and Birmingham, and maybe it was time that they invited a team to travel to the Yeats County in 2013.
"The GAA is ideal to assist with this project because it will probably be the membership of the local club which will organise other events that occur in the parish. Sligo has the potential to increase the number of visitors to the county and create jobs in the hospitality sector where many of our members find employment. Some of our sponsors are dependent on a healthy tourist industry", he added.