The Gathering 2013 – Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Throughout 2013, Ireland is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities.
Communities throughout Ireland are showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport, fighting spirit and the uniquely Irish sense of fun.
Events taking place in and around Ballaghaderreen in 2013:
The Brusna Gathering – 16th, 17th, 18th of August
We are welcoming all those people from overseas, from around Ireland, anyone that has any association with Brusna and the locals to a weekend of music, renunions, chat and meeting up with old friends and relations. The Brusna Gathering will take place on the 16th,17th,18th of August 2013. The organising group are planning a weekend of events incorportating a school reunion.
Friday evening will commence “The Gathering” with a celebration of Mass in Brusna Church followed by a social where all are invited. The rest of the weekend will consist of a local ‘village ramble’, an evening of Irish music, song and dance in The Brusna Inn, and the official opening of the local community park. Sunday will be one of the highlights with a School Reunion for all past and present pupils be they 80 or 8 years old! Get the chance to relive some of your memories by looking through old roll books or photographs which will be on display. Heritage displays, sports events and children’s entertainments will be part of the day also.
Whether you have been gone from Brusna for many years or are still living here, this weekend is a must if you want to experience the real spirit of The Gathering 2013. All are welcome from all corners of the globe- be sure to be part of it!
- Fri 16th: Mass at 7pm Brusna Church. Ticket only meal in the Brusna Inn (booked out!!!!) Opened to dancing to everyone at 10pm music from Done and Dusted.
- Sat 17th : Blessing of Children’s Burial Ground 2pm, Village Ramble. Afterwards Trad Music session in the Brusna Inn.
- Sun 18th : Official opening of Brusna Community Park 2pm, School reunion in Brusna National School for all present and past pupils.
- Nightly entertainment in the Brusna Inn over the week end, Saturday night music from the lively Liam Mannering and Sunday night music from Frank Nelson!
Click here for more details: fb.com/thebrusnagathering
Solas Festival Gathering 2013 – August 23rd, 24th, 25th 2013
Solas Festival Ballaghaderreen is an annual Weekend Festival of Music, Arts, Culture and Heritage held in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. This is the 4th year of the Festival and to co-incide with the Gathering we are promoting it as The Solas ‘Gathering’ Festival for 2013.
A Programme of Events for this weekend is currently in progress and Invitation are being printed and will be sent to the diaspora overseas, US, Britain and Canada. This festival will appeal to anyone from the locality of Ballaghaderreen who have moved overseas and are looking for a weekend full of activities and celebrate with friends and family over a fun packed weekend of reunions, get togethers, sports events, etc. Something for young and old is promised. Click here for more info.
We are hoping to announce more events that are taking place in around Ballaghaderreen soon.
For more information on the The Gathering Ireland 2013 click here.