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August 21 2013



This free family event will see thousands of people from home and overseas gather by the quays along the River Liffey on Sunday, September 15 to witness a once-in- a-lifetime, international aviation flypast.  For more details on this not to be missed event, click here

Kick Fada 2013

The 2013 All-Ireland Kick Fada Championship will take place at Bray Emmets GAA Club in North County Wicklow on Saturday, September 14.  The competition, in its fourteenth year, will take on an international flavour in 2013 to coincide with The Gathering and DAA is delighted to be the main sponsor.  Competitors from Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada and the US will be among those participating.

For more information on this event, click here

Other News

We continue to support many Gatherings organised throughout the year.  Some of the most recent events we were delighted to be associated with included the inaugural Dublin Rock ’N ’Roll half marathon, which saw 6,500 athletes from 52 countries taking on the 13.1 mile challenge, The Dublin Decider Liverpool V Celtic game at the Aviva which saw Celtic beat Liverpool 1-0, and the Under 18’s Girls Euro Hockey at UCD.  

The Order of Malta recently hosted their 2013 International Summer Camp with 600 participants from 20 countries taking part, with most of them arriving through Dublin Airport.  We were delighted to help out with the arrivals and departures and received some very positive feedback from the organisers.
“I want to express our sincere thanks to you and all the DAA Staff who responded so well to us and our guests to help make this major event a huge success. At Dublin Airport, both the arrival and departure operations went without a hitch and everyone we met was extremely friendly, helpful and facilitative at all times.”

The Gathering Tree

Our Gathering Trees in the Oak Bar in Terminal 2 arrivals are hugely popular.  We are constantly replenishing the welcome note tags to enable visitors to leave a message, personalising their Gathering experience here in Ireland.             

Here’s a selection of the messages left in recent weeks:

“Very happy to be back home in Ireland”

“My Granny came all the way to Ireland to see my dad, me and my mum, she is from Australia and she is extremely nice.  We’ll really miss her. Hope to see you soon, love Genevieve.”

“We live in the North, but we could learn about good airports and food here.”  Pamela
“Celebrated our 50th anniversary here.  Beautiful country of my mother’s ancestors.”
“Goodbye Ireland!  We had lots of craic!” The Blairs, Chicago, Illinois, USA
“This is a great country with great people.”
“First time to Ireland, beautiful place, beautiful place, special friends, so sad to go home, but we will be back.”  Mark, Washington State, USA
“Brought my family from England home for a short break.  A great Gathering.”
“Incredible weekend visiting my wonderful cousins!  I had the best time ever. Ireland is keeping the relations alive.  I’ll be back.”  Seamus T
“An rud is annamh is iontach – but wish I could come home more often” Bettina Cooke, Dublin and Andrew Steed, Australia

“Love Ireland, back soon.” The German guys

“Honeymoon 2013!  From Argentina.” Belu & Emma
“Celebrating husband’s 40th birthday, first time in Ireland.” Susan & Andrei, USA
“Love coming back to Ireland.” Molly, Australia
“See you later.  We want to come back to this wonderful Island.  Greetings from France.”
“Celebrating our 1st Year anniversary.” James & Shayla, Dallas, Texas, USA
“Saw Rome, Venice and Dublin.  Must say I loved the Wicklow Mountains.  Be back soon.” Sarah, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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