WITH groups coming from Scotland and Holland to 'see how it's done' 'Discover Duhallow - A Day of the Region' will, in fact be almost two weeks of showcasing all that makes the region what it is.
"Discover Duhallow – a Day of the Region" is the theme for ten days of cultural, educational, sporting and enterprise activities funded under the LEADER Rural Development Programme..
Groups in 21 communities will hold almost 70 events under the initiative which is expected to be worth at least €1 million to the region's economy.
Community groups throughout Duhallow will showcase the resources that have made their region one of the most dynamic in the European Union.
Here are some of the leading events, so far:
Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra, which recently performed for President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain will present their show "A Musical Trail Through the History of Ireland" in their recently refurbished Teach Ceoil Rockchapel on July 27.
A new cross erected on the top of Clara Mountain overlooking Millstreet will be unveiled on the evening of July 20 and blessed by parish priest Canon John Fitzgerald, following a walk to the top led by the local pipe band.
A week long Sliabh Luachra Summer School in Rockchapel will feature master classes on traditional music and a workshop ((July 28) on the Irish language with Michael O Mhuireachtaig and Senator Labhras O Murchu as guest speakers.
Even the Olympic Games will feature with Dromtarriffe Parish Hall Committee honouring a native son, dual gold medal winner, the late Dr Pat O'Callaghan, with a hammer throwing competition on July 29.
An extended and revamped Community Centre in Castlemagner, supported with LEADER funding from IRD Duhallow, will be officially opened on July 26.
On the following night a similarly funded community playground in Bweeng will also be officially opened.
Cumann Luachra and Kerry Historical Society have organised a tour on July 29 to historic sites in Gneeveguilla including the local church which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in October.
Freemount Macra's golden jubilee, the 42nd Donoughmore carnival, Banteer Show and a threshing and vintage display in Cullen organised by the local Special Needs Association will be among other attractions.
Newmarket will be the venue for seminars on the role of women in agriculture with guest speaker Catherine O'Leary, Country Living Section, Irish Farmers Journal, (July 23) and on the corncrake (July 26).
There will be cross roads dancing in Laharn, historical tours, feast day visits to St Laitarian's holy well in Cullen, as well as sporting, musical and fun events.
Kanturk Community Council and Chamber of Commerce will stage a festival with a diverse range of activities including a fireworks display on July 29 which will bring the celebrations in the town and across Duhallow to a conclusion.
IRD Duhallow, which has created over 1,200 new jobs and sustained enterprises providing a further 1,500 jobs since its inception in 1989, will also hold its annual general meeting in Newmarket on July 25.
It has levered over >eu<50 million into the region, provided more than 4,000 training places, placed over 770 in employment, created over 650 childcare places and carry over 58,000 passengers each year through its rural transport scheme, with Duhallow Community Food Services delivering over 22,000 meals last year.
The times and details of all the events on the "Discover Duhallow" programme can be accessed on www.irdduhallow.com An information booklet is also available in local shops and businesses.