Is your name Claire, Clare or Clair? You are needed for a World Record Attempt

The Clare Volunteer Centre in association with The Gathering Clare 2013 Steering Group is organising a unique Gathering which will take place on Sunday, 23rd June at 2pm at the Cathedral, Ennis, Co. Clare.   They will attempt to break a World Record for the largest ever gathering of people whose first name is Clare, Claire or Clair.  Check out the details in the flyer attached and be part of the fun!Image


All details are on the attached poster/flyer.


Launch of Gathering in Clare a huge success

Clare Gathering LaunchClarecastle Community Development’s Gathering Committee took part in the official launch of The Gathering in County Clare on Sunday. The launch took place in Glor and was a huge success attended by thousands of people. The event included an exhibition of over one hundred Gathering events that will take place throughout the county in 2013.

Clarecastle was one of the hundred and was proud to give a taste of what is to come as part of its Festival of Fun from 12th to 22nd July 2013.  There was great interest in the Regatta, the Ceili at the Crossroads and the many other events planned.  People stopped to chat and were impressed by the history and heritage that surrounds our village and surrounding areas, expressing a keen interest in finding out more through heritage walks and talks during our festival.

The general atmosphere in Glor on Sunday both from exhibitors and the general public was so positive, enthusiastic and cheery in this time of economic gloom. The Gathering has given local communities something positive to look towards this year both in bringing communities together and in doing their part to help Ireland recover economically. For Clare, which is so reliant on tourism, this will be absolutely crucial. The success of Sunday’s launch will give everybody involved a real sense of hope and renewed enthusiasm.


Clarecastle Festival – 12th – 22nd July 2013

Clarecastle Community Development has a special Committee which will be busy co-ordinating a special Clarecastle Gathering and Festival of Fun in July this year.  The programme for the ten day festival is currently being finalised and promises to be an eventGathering logo to remember with the Regatta, Ceili at the Crossroads, Heritage walks and trails, concerts, Golf classic, children’s activities, GAA and Scouting attractions, story-telling just a few of the many events on offer.

The Committee would like to encourage as many people originally from Clarecastle now living abroad to return home for the event.  A form was circulated to all households before Christmas asking for contact details of family members and friends who might be interested in coming home for the festival so that promotional material can be sent to them.  The Committee would be most grateful if these could be returned to the Post Office by the 31st January.  Alternatively, the information can be provided online. Click here. House calls throughout Clarecastle will also be organised to clownhelp gather forms and contact information.

Contacts are being made via old school records.  Some well-known characters from the past have already expressed interest in coming home including the Eileen Slattery the 1968 Rose of Tralee.  Help us identify those no longer living in Ireland but from Clarecastle – help us spread the word and welcome family and friends home on what promises to be a really memorable occasion.

Taking Shape – Clarecastle Gathering 12th-22nd July 2013

Gathering logo As part of the Bord Fáilte initiative “The Gathering“, Ireland will open its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world during 2013, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities.

Communities throughout Ireland will showcase and share the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport, fighting spirit and the uniquely Irish sense of fun. Over 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. The Gathering Ireland 2013 provides the perfect excuse to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home.


Clarecastle is planning its own Gathering from 12th – 22nd July 2013.  The Clarecastle festival will be built around two very successful events that take place in Clarecastle every summer – the Clarecastle Regatta and Clarecastle’s famous Ceili at the Crossroads run in association with Clarecastle Comhaltas. The plan is to put on an exceptional 10 days of festivities in Clarecastle and invite our friends of family from near and far to come and join in.

The Regatta and Ceili at the Crossroads offer very unique attractions in their own right for any visitors to Ireland.  The Regatta includes a range of river events and includes traditional currach racing on the River Fergus, the only such estuary currach racing in the country attracting contestants from all over Clare and the Western seaboard.  The Ceili at the Crossroads is a week-long festival of music song, dance including music classes for beginner, improvers and masters culminating with an open air set dancing spectacular at Skehanagh Cross.

IMG_JPower0055Intermixed in the week will be a heritage week which will offer walks around the Clarecastle environs, explaining the history and dynamics of the village and how Clarecastle was once the ‘Port of Clare’.  In addition, up to twenty Community groups are involved in discussions and will be organising events during the ten day period to give a varied and exciting programme.  These include a GAA fun day, concerts, scout activities, guided river walks, boat trips, heritage tours, art workshops, teenage activities, antiques fair, golf classic to name but a few!

Clarecastle Community Development company has set up a Committee to co-ordinate this event lead by Ian Dinan.  For more information or if you would like to become involved, please contact Ian on 086-8196571 or email

The Gathering 2013

On Monday evening, Paul Ryan, Shannon Development’s Tourism Marketing Manager gave an interesting talk to Clarecastle Community Development and a number of the larger organisations within Clarecastle about the Bord Failte initiative “The Gathering 2013”.  People of Irish descent from all over the globe will be encouraged to visit Ireland during 2013 and enjoy a whole series of eventsclan gatherings, festivals, sports tournaments, music and concerts taking place all across the country, at a local and national level, all year long. For more visit

Those at the meeting then considered the possibility of Clarecastle taking part in the Gathering and organising events that would attract people from the village back home to visit.  They took the opportunity of brainstorming some ideas of possible events and came up with a list of varied and some novel ideas – click here. There was a very positive feeling towards doing something special next year and it was decided that a further meeting would be held in early October to form a steering committee which would help drive the ideas from thoughts to action.

We would very much like to hear from anyone who might have other ideas to add to the list.  Everything will be considered for a programme of events with a bit of a “wow” factor!