IPB Gathering Ireland Fund Announces Details of Limerick Gathering Events and Activities

IPB Gathering Ireland Fund Announces Details of Limerick Gathering Events and Activities


Thursday, January 17th 2012:  A total of 61 Gathering events will receive funding in Limerick under the nationwide €2m IPB Gathering Ireland Fund it was announced today. Details of the gatherings were announced by Michael Ring, TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at a launch in Castletown House, Co Kildare.

The gatherings, divided into key county flagship events and community gatherings are funded as a result of a €1M philanthropic donation by IPB Insurance that was matched by the Gathering Ireland in response to the enormous interest expressed nationwide in the tourism initiative. The overall total of €110,000 funded events in Limerick is made up of €50,000 in flagship events and €60,000 in local community events.

Limerick Gathering Flagship events include:
Limerick International Fashion and Design Week (October 2013)
Limerick City Weekend of Welcomes (October 2013)
An International Gathering of Horse Racing Clubs and Enthusiasts (November 2013)

Full details of all 61 Limerick Gathering events will be announced next Tuesday morning, January 22nd at the Limerick Gathering press launch.

Limerick Local Authorities Manager, Conn Murray said: "The key objective of The Gathering Ireland Local Community Fund is to provide financial support to local and community Gathering event organisers and activities which will attract overseas visitors to Limerick during 2013. I was delighted at the huge response received to the request for funding applications and am now happy to be able to provide financial assistance to many of the local Gathering events taking place. I’m also particularly excited at the flagship events taking place in Limerick for the Gathering this year.”

Minister Ring also added today: “I’m delighted that we can present such a huge range of flagship events which shows what a great year we have ahead of us. There really is something for everyone, whether you live in Ireland or are coming from overseas. The IPB Gathering Ireland Fund will have a real impact on 2013 and I commend IPB Insurance for its commitment to this project.”

The €2m fund was administered by the city and county councils based on agreed application criteria. A key factor in the evaluation process was capacity to attract overseas visitors.

Ronan Foley, CEO of IPB Insurance, said, “The large number of applications received by City and County Councils is testament to the public support and endorsement for The Gathering. IPB Insurance is proud partners of this fantastic initiative that reaches out and supports community and flagship events right across the country. These events will, I believe, reap long term economic and social benefits for Ireland. In particular, I would encourage Corporate Ireland to adopt a leadership role in getting behind our country, our economy and our communities through this fantastic initiative.”

Gathering Ireland Project Director, Jim Miley, commented on the response they received. “As of today there are a total of 2600 Gatherings registered on the website. This really does demonstrate how much people have embraced the Gathering. The IPB support has enabled us to provide funding for smaller and medium scale Gathering events that might not otherwise have happened or that will help event organisers attract additional overseas visitors.”


For further media information or to arrange media interviews on the Gathering Limerick, please contact Laura Ryan (086-6042544)

Donal Fitzgibbon, Chair of Limerick Gathering Steering Committee (086-6053934)

IPB Insurance

IPB Insurance is Ireland’s only indigenous mutual insurer and the only 100% Irish owned insurance company. The company through its Chairman George Jones announced a social dividend of €5 million at its AGM in June 2012. IPB Insurance is the first company to specifically allocate a dividend for Irish society. The social dividend finances the company’s CSE (Corporate Social Engagement) programme, which invests in a range of not for profit and community initiatives for and on behalf of its Members. The allocation of €1 million to the IPB Gathering Ireland Fund forms part of this social dividend and is being promoted through City and County Councils.

Laura Ryan
Head of Communications
Limerick Communications Office
88 O’Connell Street
t:  00353 (0)61 400010
m:  00353 (0)86 6042544
e:  lauraryan@limerickoffice.ie
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Last update:17/01/2013