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From TheJournal.ie 2013 St Patrick's Festival 'worth €121 million to Irish economy' Pot O' Gold

2013 St Patrick's Festival 'worth €121 million to Irish economy'

That’s over twice as much as the 2010 festival.

From TheJournal.ie 7.4pc more overseas tourists in first three months of The Gathering The Gathering

7.4pc more overseas tourists in first three months of The Gathering

CSO figures confirm a significant bump in tourist numbers from abroad in the first quarter of 2013.

6 reasons why you should jump at the chance to be in Riverdance Jigs And Reels This post contains videos

6 reasons why you should jump at the chance to be in Riverdance

This July a world record Riverdance attempt will take place along the banks of the Liffey.

From TheJournal.ie Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that? Opinion

Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that?

Those who are cynical or opposed to the efforts of The Gathering should ask themselves why, says Larry Donnelly who questions what ignites such hostility to seemingly harmless endeavours like that of certificates of Irishness.

From TheJournal.ie College offers online course in what it means to be Irish Identity

College offers online course in what it means to be Irish

Free open online course allows students here – and abroad – to explore Irish identity.

From TheJournal.ie You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right? An Tóstal This post contains videos

You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right?

‘An Tóstal’ was organised in 1953 to encourage visitors to come to Ireland outside of the normal tourist season. And it gave us the Rose of Tralee.

From TheJournal.ie 'Major celebration' to mark the 30th anniversary of Fungie's arrival Fungie

'Major celebration' to mark the 30th anniversary of Fungie's arrival

Dingle is to mark the 30th anniversary of the arrival of Fungie the dolphin with a weekend of festivities this month.

Tom Cruise is Irish now too

Tom Cruise is Irish now too

We’ve taken a look at the evidence before the star lands in Dublin next week.

From TheJournal.ie Increase in trips to Ireland 'a positive start' to the year Tourism

Increase in trips to Ireland 'a positive start' to the year

Latest figures from the CSO have shown that nearly 1.2 million people travelled to Ireland from December 2012 to February 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland is the 9th friendliest country in the world for tourists Céad Míle Fáilte

Ireland is the 9th friendliest country in the world for tourists

Research by the World Economic Forum says we’re still among the most welcoming countries in the world for visitors.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil criticises Tánaiste for 'snubbing' men-only dinner in Georgia All-male Dinner This post contains videos

Fianna Fáil criticises Tánaiste for 'snubbing' men-only dinner in Georgia

Eamon Gilmore will not be stopping in the US city of Savannah to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, avoiding a men-only dinner that is being planned by the Hibernian Society which the Taoiseach sent a personal message to last year.

From TheJournal.ie Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know... Opinion

Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know...

Festivals and events can bring much-needed tourism to a town, village or region, generating substantial economic and socio-cultural benefits. Feargus Dunne advises on how to organise one.

From TheJournal.ie Prince William and Prince Harry had an Irish cousin The Gathering This post contains images

Prince William and Prince Harry had an Irish cousin

The discovery was made by researchers looking at the Morpeth Roll, a fascinating and rare snapshot of pre-famine Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Forty years ago today...Liam Cosgrave became Taoiseach Pic Of The Day

Forty years ago today...Liam Cosgrave became Taoiseach

Here he is now, aged 92.

From TheJournal.ie President’s St Patrick’s Day message: ‘It’s time to reflect on our shared past’ Irishness

President’s St Patrick’s Day message: ‘It’s time to reflect on our shared past’

Michael D Higgins says it is a time to reflect on our shared past, celebrate Ireland’s unique culture and heritage, and show our gratitude to all those who have been of assistance to Irish people at home and abroad.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin hotel prices ‘up 174 per cent’ for St Patrick’s Day Tourism

Dublin hotel prices ‘up 174 per cent’ for St Patrick’s Day

Hotel search website Trivago says the average hotel room for Saturday week will cost €287 – up from the usual €105.

From TheJournal.ie PHOTOS: President and pals prepare for Patrick's Day broadcast The Gathering This post contains images

PHOTOS: President and pals prepare for Patrick's Day broadcast

The Script, Bono, Christy Moore and Seamus Heaney will be among the artists performing on ‘Glaoch’ on March 17.

From TheJournal.ie 27 Irish landmarks going green for St Patrick's Festival Green Light

27 Irish landmarks going green for St Patrick's Festival

Castles, memorials and at least one Government department will get the green light from 14 to 18 March.

From TheJournal.ie Hoteliers call for greater action to attract tourists from Britain Tourism

Hoteliers call for greater action to attract tourists from Britain

The Irish Hotels Federation issues demands to ‘reinvigorate’ tourism marketing, after the number of British visitors fell in 2012.

From TheJournal.ie North America 'key to tourism growth' as trips to Ireland up by 50,000 Tourism

North America 'key to tourism growth' as trips to Ireland up by 50,000

Latest figures from the CSO have shown that nearly 1.25 million people travelled to Ireland from November 2012 to January 2013.

From TheJournal.ie 5 off-the-beaten track places in Ireland you really should visit Hidden Ireland

5 off-the-beaten track places in Ireland you really should visit

There is no entry fee to any of these sites – so what are you waiting for?

From TheJournal.ie Cork towns and homes asked to host... marching bands Rebel Week

Cork towns and homes asked to host... marching bands

Towns and districts of Cork are being asked to host one marching band in their locality during Rebel Week.

From TheJournal.ie Major increase in number of American users of AA route planner Beep Beep

Major increase in number of American users of AA route planner

AA Ireland reckons increased use of its online journey planner is a good sign for The Gathering…

From TheJournal.ie Tourism Ireland aims to get more Russians to visit here To Russia With Love

Tourism Ireland aims to get more Russians to visit here

Trade mission lands in Moscow and St Petersburg to raise awareness of island’s attractions to the 24 million Russians who travel abroad annually.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised Opinion

Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised

This initiative is taking tourism away from the bureaucrats and returning it to the people on the ground, writes John Verling.

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Irish phrases that could confuses visitors for The Gathering, Clare Daly’s ‘house’ measure, and disoriented man could be member of government…

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are you getting involved in The Gathering? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you getting involved in The Gathering?

It’s the government scheme aimed at encouraging you to invite relatives home and organise events celebrating Irish culture, but are you getting involved?

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: HSE board, translating laws and Greece's bailout Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: HSE board, translating laws and Greece's bailout

TDs will continue debating legislation to abolish the board of the HSE in the Dáil this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree Genealogy

National Library to hold class to help people trace their family tree

Ever wanted to trace your family tree? The National Library of Ireland will be showing people how to do it.

From TheJournal.ie Tourism Ireland wants to increase American tourist numbers by 20 per cent Come Visit Us

Tourism Ireland wants to increase American tourist numbers by 20 per cent

More than one million Americans are expected to visit Ireland this year, spending more than $1 billion – and Tourism Ireland wants to see this increase even more.

From The42 Great expectations 'part and parcel' of winning, says Joe Canning Hurling

Great expectations 'part and parcel' of winning, says Joe Canning

The Galway man says the county will expect more of the same from Anthony Cunningham’s outfit this season after last year’s run to September.

This is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Tinfoil hats to protect against interweb; abortion floodgates ‘like Guinness at The Gathering’; James Reilly a mystery to the Troika.

LISTEN: The Gathering's theme song* has arrived Dance Dance Dance This post contains videos

LISTEN: The Gathering's theme song* has arrived

No comment. (*Unofficial)

From TheJournal.ie Increase in tourists in autumn, winter 2012 Tourism

Increase in tourists in autumn, winter 2012

Visits from mainland Europe were up while the number of tourists coming from Britain declined.

From TheJournal.ie Barna in Connemara most popular with Irish holidaymakers in 2012 Tourism

Barna in Connemara most popular with Irish holidaymakers in 2012

Abbeyleix, Woodenbridge and Ballina also so significant increases in online searches by Irish people.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will litter blackspots affect The Gathering? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will litter blackspots affect The Gathering?

IBAL has warned that litter blackspots could tarnish the Gathering ‘experience’, despite an improvement in littering overall in Ireland. What do you think?

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar has a 20-point plan for 2013 Way More Than 5

Leo Varadkar has a 20-point plan for 2013

The Minister for Transport wants five new Acts, a new road safety strategy, a Luas connection and an independent Shannon.

From TheJournal.ie PHOTOS: The Gathering kicks off with New Year's concert in Dublin NYE Dublin This post contains images

PHOTOS: The Gathering kicks off with New Year's concert in Dublin

The year-long tourism drive began with the NYE Dublin festival at St Stephen’s Green and College Green.

From TheJournal.ie First official event of The Gathering kicks off with Dublin NYE party Tourism

First official event of The Gathering kicks off with Dublin NYE party

Thousands of people are expected to take to Dublin’s streets tomorrow night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

From TheJournal.ie Fewer British people visited Ireland but rise in European and US tourists in 2012 Tourism

Fewer British people visited Ireland but rise in European and US tourists in 2012

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation has said that people in Ireland are taking less frequent, shorter and lower spending trips when they take their holidays at home.