The Irish in America

Gathering Spotlight V



The Gathering is hitting its stride with this week’s featured events. Take a look at what’s happening and book your tickets to Ireland! As usual, there is a little something for everyone – peat, art, traditional music…

Make sure you check out the video near the end of the post showing the spirit of the Gathering!

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

Better hurry if you want to catch this one! You might just need us to help you plan your last-minute trip…

From the Connemara Language and Cultural Centre website:

Clifden“A weekend of the very best of Irish Music, Song and Dance”

4th – 7th April 2013

Now in its fourth year, Clifden Trad Festival is an unmissable weekend of music, song and dance.  This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.  Get your dancing shoes on as it’s going to be a hectic music-filled weekend!

Don’t miss the “Emigrant Musicians from our Locality” event @8pm on April 4th…should be good!

  • Click here  for the full schedule on the ConnemaraLCC website
  • Click here to view listing on
  • Click here to follow ConnemaraLCC on Twitter

Rhode Parish Gathering


Less than six weeks until the Rhode Parish Gathering in County Offaly! 2013 is a year of special anniversaries for Rhode and all of those with ties to the Parish are invited to attend May 3rd – May 6th. Read all about it:

In 2013, Rhode will celebrate 50 years since ESB and Siemens opened the world’s largest Peat burning station and a gathering of all people home and abroad who were connected with the ESB will take place. Rhode GAA celebrate 125 years & are planning GAA events over the course of the day . Both cemetery masses will take place. The beauty of Croghan Hill, The waterways along the Canal, the Bord na Mona bogs and the warm community spirit within the parish will be to the forefront of our gathering. Events such as School Olympics, Rock the boat, ESB reunion, Museum, music, dance, The Croghan Hill Challenge, story-telling,  Beat on the Street, 10k run, GAA games are just some of the events that will take place.

Story-telling, peat, GAA, music,dance…sounds like fun! What are you doing May Bank Holiday Weekend?

  • Click here to follow on Twitter
  • Click here  to check out Facebook page and see who is attending the Rhode Gathering
  • Click here to view listing on

Irish Watercolor Gathering

Courtesy of Irish Watercolor Gathering, Facebook cover photo

Courtesy of Irish Watercolor Gathering, Facebook cover photo

The Worldwide Irish Watercolour Gathering of all painters and painting will take place September 19th – 24th at the Castlemartyr Resort in Castlemartyr, County Cork. You will see some gorgeous artwork in the spectacular setting of the Castlemartyr Resort.

  • Click here  to follow on Twitter
  • Click here for the latest information on Facebook
  • Click here to view listing on

Would you look at what Claire (from our previous Gathering Spotlight) is up to!

Considering a trip to Ireland to attend a Gathering? The Irish in America can help you plan your vacation AND find your roots. Click here for information on our Family History Tours of Ireland.

The McCormacks at the Old Parochial House, Ballingarry, County Tiperary

The McCormacks at the Old Parochial House, Ballingarry, County Tipperary



Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

3 thoughts on “Gathering Spotlight V

  1. Hi Aine, that’s certainly a good Irish mix you’ve got there. You’d have to travel the whole country for your gathering! If you decide to come to Connemara then please check us out at We regularly post about what’s going on in Connemara, and I’m sure we could find some more Hannons for you to meet!

    • Can’t wait to return to Connemara…hopefully later this year! How is Spring in Connemara? Have a great weekend!

      *Aine McCormack*


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      • Hi Aine. It’s been a freezing cold Spring in Connemara. Today is gorgeous though so hopefully we’re in for a sunny summer! Let us know when you’re coming and we’ll be ready with the famous, warm Connemara welcome!

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