It’s not often that an entire country gets together to honor its heritage. I’m talking about Ireland, which is celebrating something called The Gathering this year.
The idea behind The Gathering is to bring together those with Irish heritage—or those who just want to learn more about it—from all over the world.
There are hundreds of festivals, reunions, and sporting events taking place from the biggest cities to the smallest villages around the country.
We’re talking a lot more than St. Patrick’s Day parades. There are the major annual events, like the big Dublin Fringe Festival in September.
And there are smaller gatherings, like a weekend of special heritage events in Kilmore and a history festival in County Carlow.
The cool thing is, you don’t have to be Irish to get something out of it. Most events are open to the public as a way to share the nation’s culture and heritage.
And the best part about a country-wide celebration like this is that all the information can be found in one place, so you can map out your route ahead of time based on location and schedule.
For more information, visit the Ireland travel archives.
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