South Tipperary Launches Calendar of Events for 2013 The Gathering Ireland
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Irish Champion Jockey Joseph O’Brien joined Tipperary Senior Hurling Captain Shane McGrath and former Munster and Irish International Denis Leamy, today at the Rock of Cashel to launch South Tipperary’s official calendar of events for the Gathering Ireland 2013 including the Thoroughbred Gathering at Tipperary Races on 22nd August which will feature the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes. The race is named in honour of the dam of Saddler's Wells
The County is welcoming visitors to Tipperary to enjoy a variety of festivals, clan gatherings and events during 2013.
- Over 40 Gatherings confirmed to date.
- Visitors coming to Gatherings from Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
- Sporting heroes return to the Premier County
- Old school friends to catch up
- Emigrants return to their hometowns
- 42 members of one family to ‘gather’
- Towns and villages across the county roll out the welcome mat
Commenting at the launch of the South Tipperary, Gathering, Kathleen Prendergast, South Tipperary County Council said, “We are delighted to be launching our Tipperary Gathering calendar of events. Already there are over 40 different events ranging from a gathering of Kelly Clans including folk legend Ned Kelly where fascinating DNA research of the Kellys will be unveiled. Butlers, Duffys, Loughmans, Sauses and a sprinkling of Normans will also be holding clan Gatherings throughout the year. Sport will feature strongly with a wide varitey of gatherings and events taking place across the many clubs and teams in the county. The Tipperary GAA legends living abroad will be invited back to the County in June, for a major reunion and celebration, where a monument to the founding President of the GAA, Carrick on Suir man, Maurice Davin, will be unveiled. Clonmel Town FC will host a large celebration to mark fifty years of Clonmel Town FC. Other events includ ing the thoroughbred Gathering at Tipperary Racecoure on the 22nd August featuring the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes a race named after the mare that foaled the legendary Sadler's Wells."
Planning is at an advanced stage for a major July event in Tipperary Town, which brings to life, using information from the 1911 Census, characters who lived and worked on the iconic main street. On the 14th July the town will return to a bustling early 20th century market town, with vintage style horse and carts, bicycles, prams and toys. Brush and set dancing, a traditional wedding, Irish wake and a parade of soldiers will all feature.
School re-unions across the County will be taking place from The Commons to Laganstown to Lissvarraninane to name but a few. Fionn Mac Cumhail Players and Ballingarry Parish Journal will also hold reunions. The Gathering is an opportunity to welcome back old school friends, to renew old acquaintances and catch up with all that has happened since walking out the school gate.
Welcoming the huge community commitment and involvement in organizing events, Niall Morrissey, CEO, of South Tipperary Development Company said that “The variety and themes of all of these events are reaching out to our Tipperary and Irish Diaspora all across the world and we are very much looking forward to welcoming home all of our visitors in 2013. We will also be unveiling further events later in the year.”
One of the first events, of The 2013 year of The Gathering will be in Tipperary with a weekend of genealogy and heritage that will include workshops on ancestral research and process, in Tipperary Town, Excel Centre over St Patrick’s weekend. This is a great opportunity to kick start the family research that has become increasingly popular due to the success of television programmes like ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
The June bank holiday weekend will be the place to be if you are interested in folk or sporting legends. The memory of Carrick on Suir legend, Maurice Davin, one of the founders of the GAA and its first president, will be marked by the unveiling of a statue to one of Tipperary’s most outstanding athletes who excelled at an international level in many sports including, athletics and rowing. The annual Clancy Brothers festival will honour one of Tipperary’s greatest musical exports. This clash of sporting and folk legends is sure to create all the right kind of sparks.
For over fifty years it has been a much sought after honour to be crowned ‘Pride of Tipperary.’ In July this year the town is inviting back all of the Prides for a gala event. It is sure to be a glittering trip down memory lane.
In October Cahir, will host a major International gathering of scholars who will examine the legacy and importance of the Butler’s of Ormonde. Academics from around the world will be in the town presenting their research on a family who had a huge impact on county Tipperary, but whose influence stretched to the worlds of commerce, the arts and armed forces in Europe and beyond.
The County has long been associated with a rich agricultural heritage, but it is not widely known that Dundrum is the founding birthplace of one of only two recognized native Irish breeds of cattle. The Dexter breed currently has thousands of animals all over the world, but only a few hundred are currently been reared in Ireland. In August hundreds of breeders form America, Australia, France, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain will gather to hear of historic and scientific research on a breed of cattle renowned for its resilience and highly valued meat.
The former Norman stronghold of Burncourt, will host a weekend of activities in June that examines the value and importance of the arts in rural areas. Arts organisers from across Europe are expected to attend the conference. The public will be able to enjoy a programme of music, dance and drama throughout the weekend. Later, July, Irish Normans will be welcomed to a series of activities tracing their legacy through medieval banquets, talks, archaeological excavations and Norman field days.
The popular Junction Festival, which takes place from July 5th to 14th, will premiere, Madison’s Journey, a composition by Clonmel composer, Michéal O Suilleabháin, a chamber orchestra and the Junction choir. The 2013 festival will include a packed programme of concerts, plays and late night events.
Concluding the very well attended launch, County Gathering Coordinator, Kathleen Prendergast, said, “ The County Steering Group would like to acknowledge the tremendous support provided by South Tipperary Development Company. The Company provided the finance, through the Rural Development Programme, to secure the services of Mr. Vincent O Shea as a Festival and Events Animator. Vincent has played a huge role in preparing the calendar of events for South Tipperary, by providing support for the Gathering County Steering Group and the various organisations endeavouring to organise events to coincide with The Gathering 2013”