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Gathering or Grabbing?

By January 3, 2013

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The Gathering Ireland 2013, to give the full, official title, has kicked off ... a tourism marketing initiative aimed at mining the resource of the Irish Diaspora. I am, frankly, sceptical about the whole thing ... and in good company, witness Gabriel Byrne and Michael O'Leary. Then again any tourism initiative should be hailed as positive, shouldn't it?

The Scottish Gathering just four years ago ended in financial disaster. As the "risk" is much more widespread in the Irish version (after all it is a loose mix of local festivities that may be happening anyway), a repeat is not likely on this front. But will the Gathering Ireland 2013 live up to the hype that has been created by some? We'll see ...

January 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm
(1) Myra Phelan says:

Why not let the irish people enjoy their gatherings and reunions. They are already being organised so why throw “cold water” on them.

January 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm
(2) Maria Andreucetti says:

Frankly .. it would be a much better idea to clean the main streets of Ireland, particularly Dublin, of druggies, foul language and uncouth and violent behaviour, at all hours of day and night. And this all within a few yards of the General Post Office, Abbey Theatre and O’Connell Street.

I travel from northside to Southside twice daily, between the times of 10 am and midnight … and the intimidating behaviour people are subjected to and the dirty filthy streets, are not conducive to tourism. The numerous fast food joints do nothing to help this situation … . Clean the country up, start with Dublin … that’s a priority.

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