Why the Gathering is a good idea

Here’s an editorial from the Longford Leader about the Gathering, which I really like.

This article really captures the essence of the Gathering, and explains perfectly what the Gathering is all about.

It’s fantastic to see the Gathering up and running, but the best thing is seeing so many people, parishes, communities and clubs taking part, all over the country.

The Gathering is something that anyone, anywhere, can take part in. And it means that everyone can make a difference.

I hope you like this article as much as I do.


Longford Leader Friday 3rd May 2013

Doing Something

Every now and then, somebody somewhere in Longford says something needs to be done for Longford.

“Somebody should do something”, they will proclaim wholeheartedly while they do precisely nothing except wring their hands and grind their teeth.

Inevitably, they will go on to say that ‘Nobody does anything for this county’ and “It is time that something was done”. By somebody, one presumes.

They will go on to list a long line of agencies and organisations who ‘do nothing for the county’ before adding that the place has gone to the dogs. Case closed, then.

Well, not quite

This week’s Longford Leader contains a 60 page guide to events celebrating The Gathering in Longford in 2013. Over 140 events are taking place in Longford throughout the year for a festival that draws on everything from our proud literary tradition to potatoes. Yes, potatoes.

There are school reunions, clan gatherings, sports days, cultural events, vintage exhibitions, the list goes on and on. The President of Ireland is coming to visit. The French crew from Noyal are coming to visit. People are coming home for the various events that are taking place. Some are only coming home from Dublin but they are as welcome as those coming from Dubai or anywhere else.

The Gathering is what you make of it and that is why it is so positive to see so many people joining in the effort to make something out of it for Longford.

This county is woefully neglected when it comes to tourism promotion. But the Gathering is an opportunity to promote ourselves and showcase the county.

The best part is that it is all happening because somebody, somewhere, did something.

You can see the original article here.

Date: 7. 5. 2013