News - Emerald Isle excitement is gathering for groups

just for groups! has released a range of special deals to Ireland to mark the year-long ‘The Gathering Ireland’ 2013 (, the country’s biggest and most ambitious tourism-led event.

Some of the new tours are featured in the latest issue of the popular just for groups! newsletter, Go Travelling, and more options are available, by air or sea, that can be ‘tailor made’ for groups.

Harold Burke, sales director at just for groups!, said: “There is a lot of excitement about visiting Ireland in 2013, particularly among clubs which have been there previously and appreciate what a great-value destination Ireland is for groups.
“It will be a fantastic time to visit the Emerald Isle because ‘The Gathering Ireland’ 2013 will bring together hundreds of festivals and events to celebrate the best in Irish music, art, literature, dance, culture, heritage, sport, film, food and much more besides.
“To add to the festivities, Derry-Londonderry has also been designated as the ‘UK City of Culture’ for 2013. 
“What better way to join in the fun and enjoy this unique year in Ireland’s colourful history than with a group?”

‘The Gathering Ireland’ 2013 was launched by the Irish Taoiseach and Minister for Tourism in May 2012 and is supported by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. 
It invites anyone who has a link to Ireland, or just a love of the country, to come for a series of events throughout 2013 – and promises to be the biggest tourism initiative ever staged in Ireland. In fact you only need to be there in 2013 to be part of it!
The celebrations start with a big bang on New Year’s Eve 2012 and end in spectacular style on New Year’s Eve 2013.

For a taste of Ireland, just for groups! offers a ‘Super Saver – South East Mini Break’, from only £199pp for four days. The trip features the historic harbour town of Waterford, Kilkenny, Cobh’s Titanic Experience  and Cork.
Other options across the year include ‘Lively Limerick in the Springtime’ (£359pp for six days); ‘The Garden of Ireland’(£299pp for five days); and the ‘Kingdom of Kerry’ (pictured, from £379pp for six days).
To see the highlights of both capitals and Derry-Londonderry, just for groups! has a new ‘Dublin, Belfast, the Titanic and the UK City of Culture 2013’ holiday, which costs from £379pp for five days.
And for a festive break to see the culmination of ‘The Gathering Ireland’ 2013 celebrations, just for groups! has ‘Ireland’s Holly & Mistletoe’ (£279pp for five days). 
You can also spend ‘Christmas in Ireland' (£479pp for five days) or to finish 2013 in style, there is a chance to enjoy the climax of ‘The Gathering Ireland’ 2013 on New Year’s Eve, at the Regency Hotel, Dublin (£439pp for five days).

Harold added: “It’s not just Ireland that’s keeping us busy: we’ve had an amazing response from groups since our previous issue of Go Travelling, and we are already assured of taking record numbers to Austria and Croatia in 2013. 
“We have had to add extra space on our Tyrolean ‘all-inclusive’ thanks to high demand, and fresh enquiries about group bookings are coming in at a great rate.
“To cope with our growing client list we will shortly add an additional new member to our sales team which is testament to the resilience of the group market during these difficult economic times.
“And if all that was not enough, we’re also seeing a lot of interest for trips featured in the new 2013 brochure from our sister brand, Grand UK Holidays, which features more than 40 new tours.”

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