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In a bid to amp up tourism efforts, Tourism Ireland has devised ‘The Gathering 2013,’ a year-long initiative that “is about the people of Ireland throwing open our arms and inviting anyone with a connection to our country to come and visit.”

Plans, of course, are already well underway to organize events big and small to attract people to come visit the Emerald Isle during 2013. While there are many events that will take place next year, here are our top ten ones to check out during The Gathering 2013.