According to Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland’s central marketing director, “In this special year of The Gathering, people all over Ireland are organising events to welcome home those with Irish heritage. We are calling it “The Gathering – Ireland’s Family History Year”. With an estimated 70 million people across the world claiming links or affiliations with the island of Ireland, Tourism Ireland is actively reaching out to our diaspora this year. We are inviting them to visit Ireland, learn more about their heritage and explore the places their ancestors came from. For those with a deeper interest in their ancestry, there are more talks, seminars and clan gathering taking place in 2013 than ever before.”
You can watch a video of Ireland's Family History Year at http://youtu.be/dpFlqOvgtPE or by clicking on the video below. You will certainly find some unusual folks in the narrator's family!