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County celebrates 'Donegal Gathering' success 09.12.13

DONEGAL people from all parts of the county joined together last Thursday to celebrate the success of the Donegal Gathering. The event was attended by organisers of many of the 196 gathering events, stakeholders and media. The committee said they made Donegal "one of the flagship campaigns of the entire Country".
Two sets of certificates, one signed by President Michael D. Higgins, were presented to all event organisers, media partners and the organising staff of the campaign.
'Donegal Gathering' participants receive their certificates after a successful 2013 campaign.
Donegal mayor, Cllr. Ian McGarvey said events "were motivated at grass roots level across the county and reached across the globe bringing people from near and far together to reminisce, celebrate and reconnect”.
County manager, Seamus Neely added: “Donegal was one of the few counties that produced a dedicated website that was used to collate all information surrounding Donegal Gathering into an online medium that was highly interactive and engaging providing a digital platform for those throughout the world with an interest in Donegal to access the most up-to-date information regarding events. This website, www.donegalgathering.com has attracted almost 150,000 worldwide hits to date and Donegal County Council is committed to driving this digital platform to showcase the world class events we have in this county”.
'Donegal Gathering' participants receive their certificates after a successful 2013 campaign.
Donegal Gathering chairman, Paddy Harte, said: “Here we are twelve months later, after almost 200 events, looking back on a year that has surpassed all our expectations and that is down to those gathered here tonight and all of the other people who contributed so admirably”.
Máire Aine Gardiner of Failte Ireland thanked Donegal for embracing the Gathering and bringing so many people from overseas.
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