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 On 24 January 2013, An Post issued a stamp to celebrate The Gathering Ireland 2013.
It has been estimated that one million Irish-born people are currently living in countries abroad. While the Irish diaspora is reckoned to be in the region of 70 million people, wouldn't it be great if they were all invited to come back to Ireland to celebrate their Irish roots?
That's the thinking behind The Gathering Ireland 2013, a massive tourism initiative that was officially launched by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Tourism in May 2012. Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland are also giving their support to the project. The inaugural Gathering Ireland event – the US college football game between the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Navy last September – attracted more than 40,000 American visitors to Ireland's shores.
Throughout 2013, communities the length and breadth of Ireland will extend a very special céad míle fáilte to their families and friends abroad, inviting them to be part of a year-long celebration of Irishness. It will feature a host of formal and informal events showcasing the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport and of course craic.
The Gathering is very much a people-led project whereby community groups are urged to create local gatherings from clan and school friend reunions to events on a much grander scale. There are also hundreds of formal festival events planned featuring Irish music, art, literature, dance, culture, heritage, sport, film and food.
The year-long festival gets underway with the New Year's Eve Festival in Dublin. And after that, anything can happen – from bog snorkelling to 4th of July festivals. One way or another, The Gathering is sure to make 2013 a year to remember.
To celebrate The Gathering Ireland 2013, An Post is issuing a stamp created by Design Factory depicting elements of The Gathering's logo combined to form a map of Ireland.
Products available with this issue:
The Gathering Ireland 2013 82c Stamp (130282) €0.82              
The Gathering Ireland 2013 Sheetlet (130282SH) €13.12
The Gathering Ireland 2013 FDC (1302FDC) €1.82
Orders and/or enquiries relating to this release or indeed any aspect of the Philatelic Business should be sent to:
Philatelic Bureau, Order Department P.O. Box 1991, G.P.O., Dublin 1, Ireland
Philat                               Telephone:                   00 353 1 705 7400
    Fax:                              00 353 1 705 7289



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