This year marks a national family reunion of sorts in Ireland. It’s called The Gathering. Towns, villages and cities across the republic will hold meetings, fairs, genealogy events, and celebrations to welcome the Irish diaspora back to the country of their origin. This month in Dublin, the great Aussie homecoming is planned. On March 16th, Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Festival will host an international band parade, including marching bands from the United States, and a thoroughbred race at the Limerick Racecourse. Family gatherings are planned throughout the counties. October, 2013, features the West Kerry Genealogy Gathering where the Walsh clan is recognized as having their roots.
If you’re curious about what other families and communities will be welcoming their long-lost relatives, here’s the link to those events – by date, by county or by a map of Ireland: http://www.thegatheringireland.com