The Gathering in Ireland – new video is an internet smash

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I can’t wait to go to Ireland in April to do a search for my own roots.  This year with Ireland promoting all of us to do the same, there are massive amounts of special events.  Tourism Ireland has just come out with a fabulous video that has become an internet smash.  So, you better book your flight soon…..I think they will fill up fast!

 ‘We’ve Saved you a Seat’ is clocking up over 580,000 views on YouTube since its launch.  

The video, starring Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell, is a cheeky and humorous introduction to The Gathering by the film’s ‘hero’ Maxwell as he highlights various Gathering events – including the Redhead Convention, the Left-handed Festivalthe Town of 1,000 Beards and the Messiah Gathering. It’s punchy and fast and full of humour (including Andrew Maxwell donning a Michael Flatley wig as he ‘Riverdances’ through Dublin’s famous cobbled streets in Temple Bar!) with Maxwell ably assisted by a supporting cast of hundreds all inviting the world to ‘be part of it’.  Watch it here.

Tourism Ireland is asking people to share this video with their friends on Facebook and YouTube in order to help us encourage the world to come home to Ireland for The Gathering celebrations.

The Gathering is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of over 3,000 festivals, events and gatherings in all corners of country.   Young or old there is a Gathering for everyone to enjoy with forthcoming highlights including:

·         The Riverdance Festival, seven days of foot tapping fun from the world renowned Riverdance troop – including an attempt to break the world record at the longest Riverdance performance along the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey!

·         25 international sports tournaments with teams from Canada, the USA, UK and Europe competing.

·         The unforgettable Redhead Convention, the Left-Handed Festival and Bog Snorkeling Championships!

·         Choral Gatherings including The Messiah GatheringCork Choral Gathering and the inaugural Limerick Sings event.

·         Arts, music and food festivals up and down the country from Kilkenny, to Waterford, to the isle of Inisboffin.

·         Members of the tribes of Galway living in North America are invited to compete in an Oyster eating competition at next year’s Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival.

·         A special jazz Gathering at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival with over 1,000 music students from around the world in Ireland for a weekend of free jazz education.

·         Plus much, much more!

Watch the video here:

Share the video you’re your friends on Facebook using the app:

For further information about The Gathering visit: and

Come and join me in Ireland… know you want to!

The Giant's Causeway


About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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2 Responses to The Gathering in Ireland – new video is an internet smash

  1. My Irish roots are more emotional than family – although I do have a paternal Irish great grandmother. I spent a year of university at UCD 1970-71 and will be returning in October. It was one of the best years of my life! Thanks for all the links.

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