Over 150 of Louth’s most enterprising minds came together at the Crowne Plaze Dundalk to look at various ideas for the county’s involvement in The Gathering 2013.
The Gathering 2012 aims to attract 325,000 additional tourists to Ireland, with Louth hoping to attract as many as 25,000.
The Gathering is supported by Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Louth Local Authorities.
Colm Corrigan of LMFM hosted the evening at the Crowne Plaza as Louth people from all walks of life including hospitality, business, volunteers and entertainment joined the think-in.
It was led by the Louth Gathering steering group.
The chairman of the group Gavin Duffy said that following a conversation with a colleague in Boston he organised a visit by Boston business people to Louth in May of next year.
Ideas put forward at the Crowne Plaza meeting include: a GAA festival, harbour festivals, a Louth genaelogy centre, old industry reunions, concerts, a Poc Fada festival, a Viking gathering, a Hibernian choral festival with a US link,a Louth and proud food festival and an expansion of the existing Tain March.
It was also revealed that Louth will host the 2013World Youth Fly Fishing Championship which has the potential to bring 500 extra visitors to the county next year.
Mark Rowlette from Failte Ireland and Adrian O’Sullivan from Louth Local Authorities said that they were absoultely delighted by the numbers who came out in support of Louth’s involvement in The Gathering.
They said it was a clear message that people want to be involved in The Gathering effort and have some very clear ideas about what they can do, and in one case, are already doing.
For further information visit www.thegatheringireland.com or contact Louth Coordinator Adrian O’Sullivan at 0429324106