AS 2013 gets well underway a significant level of interest has been expressed by the Garden County in The Gathering as a total of 79 events have already been scheduled.
From cookery demonstrations to sporting and fitness challenges and family reunions there is expected to be a huge influx of visitors coming home to partake in the celebrations.
Every corner of Wicklow is to play its part in this large scale tourism initiative and many regular annual events have been tailored to facilitate inclusion so that visitors will enjoy a true flavour of Wicklow and all it has to offer.
While a number of events have already taken place, fear not as each month will bring a calendar of events offering something for everyone.
Here are some of the highlights: January 12 Hell and Backwater obstacle course and race at Kilruddery House; February 1, Relaunch of Kiltegan The Gathering 2013; February 3 Biking Blitz in Wicklow Mountains; March 17 Carnew St. Patrick's Day Parade; March 17 Celebrate Ireland's Food Heritage; March 24 Wicklow Gaol Half Marathon; March 30 Bray Trail Blazer; April 5 Dominican College School Reunion; April 6 Ireland V USA International Polo Match; May 11 The Gathering Custom and Classic Bike Show; May 16 Trace your Wicklow Roots; June 14 Dunlavin Arts Festival; May 31 Greystones Arts Festival; May 23 Vale of Avoca Welcome Home Week; June 21 Balto Balloon Fest; July 6 The Hints of History Festival; July 19 Arklow Seabreeze Festival; July 21 Air Spectacular; July 27 WAR Wicklow Adventure Race, Glenmalure; August 2 Americana and Roots Weekend; August 5 Wicklow International Sheaf Tossing; August 17 The International Polo Tournament Ladies Day.
For full information log on to www.thegatheringireland.com