The Gathering 2013 is a year-long celebration of Ireland and Irish ancestry, with gatherings, festivals, special sporting events, music and concerts across the country. Friendly Planet Travel, a group-tour operator, has announced a nine-day “Fitzgerald Clan Gathering in Ireland” tour, and yes, that would means the Fitzgerald clan that includes Massachusetts’ own John F. Kennedy Jr., our 35th president. The tour package, starting at $3,099, offers the chance to trace the family roots and heritage of one of the country’s oldest and most powerful families.
The package includes round-trip flights from, fittingly, JFK airport in New York, or Newark, and also Boston, which includes all fuel surcharges, taxes and fees, ground transportation and transfers. It also includes accommodations in first-class hotels; 15 meals, including Irish breakfast daily, one lunch, five hotel dinner and two special dinners. The tour also includes an Irish house party with dinner and entertainment in Kildaire; a medieval banquet in Adare; afternoon tea at Castlemartyr Castle; three genealogy workshops; Fitzgerald history and information package; comprehensive touring, including entrance fees; and an English-speaking driver-guide.