The Gathering's €150m potential

THE Gathering tourism initiative could bring up to €150 million into the Kerry's economy next year according to Kerry County Council's tourism officer John Griffin who has been put in charge of coordinating gathering events in the county.

Briefing councillors at Monday's monthly meeting of Kerry County Council Mr Griffin said there are already over 120 separate events scheduled to take place as part of the Gathering 2013 in Kerry.

The official launch of Kerry's Gathering will take place at Muckross House in Killarney this Saturday with arts minister Jimmy Deenihan launching the programme of events for the county.

A dedicated team has been put in place by Kerry County Council to oversee the Gathering including Mr Griffin, one administrative officer and four interns.

Among the events planned for the county are a heroes week gathering in Tralee for emergency service workers of Irish origin, a Kerry GAA tournament scheduled to take place in the run up to next years Munster final and a week long celebration of St Brendan in Fenit next May.

County Manager Tom Curran encouraged anyone planning an event or festival to contact them to be included on the official website and to apply for funding while training workshops will take place in Killarney and Tralee on November 28 and 29 for event organisers.