Solas an Chláir for Phoenix Week

Mayor of Clare, Cllr. Pat Daly prepares to light Solas an Chláir at Clare Gathering 2013 in glor

 

More than 2,000 people attended the Clare Gathering 2013 official launch and Expo at Glór in Ennis recently. The event which was hosted by the Clare Tourism Forum and supported by Clare Local Development Company, featured over 100 exhibits on Gathering festivals and events taking place throughout County Clare during 2013.

Among those attending were a number of Gathering Clare Ambassadors, including well-known local personalities such as Munster and Ireland rugby star Marcus Horan from Clonlara, world-famous Irish traditional musician Martin Hayes from Feakle, Fair City actor Aoibhinn Garrihy, Kevin Crawford of Lunasa, singer Gary Deegan from Bunratty, and former Bishop of Killaloe, Willie Walsh.

One of the high points of the event was the lighting by the Mayor of Clare Cllr. Pat Daly of the ‘Solas an Chláir’ – ‘The Light of Clare’, a specially commissioned, commemorative limestone piece.   A draw held to determine what events the Gathering symbol will be present at during the 11 remaining months of the year saw Ennis Phoenix Twinning selected for the Phoenix Week Festival which runs from 14th March to 21st March in Ennis.

Ennis Youth Ambassadors, Aoife Sheehan and Shauna Lyons, at the Phoenix Week Stand at the Clare Gathering Expo

Speaking at the launch the Mayor of Clare said: “I was delighted to see hundreds of people stream through the doors of Glór. The public were genuinely impressed by the range and scale of the Gathering festivals and events being showcased at Glór. The sense of community spirit amongst exhibitors and participants bodes extremely well for the year of the Gathering here in County Clare. This community spirit and willingness to become involved are traits that have helped County Clare present one of the country’s most expansive and impressive Gathering Calendar of Events”.