Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring conducted a whistle-stop tour of Manchester and Glasgow this week to drum up support for The Gathering Ireland 2013, the year-long festival of festivals.
The Minister this week kicked off the ‘Diaspora Roadshow’ in order to raise awareness of next year’s Gathering in Britain, starting with the Irish communities in Manchester and Glasgow.
The Minister invited people with Irish connections to become Gathering Ambassadors, mobilise their own organisations, and organise their own Gathering events in Ireland next year.
“My message to them was simple: come and get involved. Be an Ambassador. Organise your own Gathering event in Ireland, and invite everyone you know to visit Ireland next year,” Minister Ring said.
“The Irish community in Britain is our oldest diaspora, and we maintain close links with the Irish communities in Manchester and Glasgow. There’s no excuse for not visiting Ireland next year. It’s only a hop across the water, and the enhanced programme of events running throughout the year should ensure that everyone finds something of interest.”
The Minister also met with journalists writing for a range of diaspora and other media outlets in the UK.
In Manchester, Tourism Ireland is works with major centres for the Irish communities in Manchester, along with the Manchester Irish Festival committee. And in Glasgow, Tourism Ireland is working with the consulate and Irish community networks.
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