RTÉ to mark the launch of The Gathering Ireland 2013

RTÉ to mark the launch of The Gathering Ireland 2013
New Year’s Eve coverage to be broadcast on all platforms and made available around the world

RTÉ today announced details of its New Year’s Eve coverage, with live broadcasts on all platforms to be made available internationally as The Gathering Ireland 2013 is officially launched.

RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie will ring in the New Year live from the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert in College Green, with headliner Imelda May and Bell X1 featuring at the event. On RTÉ One television, Miriam O’Callaghan will host a gathering of special guests as she broadcasts live from a purpose built studio in College Green capturing all of the key moments from the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert, as well as highlights from the NYE Dublin Festival including the People’s Procession of Light and the Big Bang Fireworks Spectacular. Aidan Power will be among the New Year’s Eve revellers, soaking up the atmosphere and reaction from the festival goers.

John Creedon will host the RTÉ Radio 1 gathering, as he’s joined by special guests live from the Countdown Concert, for an entertaining blend of chat and music, to take listeners through the evening and into the New Year.

RTÉ has ensured that viewers from around the world can also join the celebrations. Showcasing the very best of the first official gathering, RTÉ.ie will capture all the atmosphere and action from the NYE Dublin Festival, with live updates throughout the evening. RTÉ’s coverage of the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert will be streamed live on RTÉ.ie, RTÉ Player and RTÉ YouTube ensuring that for the first time ever, Irish people and those who love Ireland can join in the capital city’s New Year celebrations wherever they are.

Miriam O’Callaghan said, “It’s really fitting as The Gathering Ireland 2013 is launched that viewers and listeners around the country and more importantly around the world, will be able to join us as we ring in the New Year. With a fabulous line-up on stage in the beautiful, historical setting of College Green, it looks set to be a fantastic night and one we can all look forward to celebrating together”.

“I’m delighted to be broadcasting live from the Dublin NYE Countdown Concert. It’s fantastic to have rockabilly royalty Imelda May back performing in her hometown on such a special night. We’ll be soaking up all the atmosphere, hosting a gathering in our studio in College Green to ensure RTÉ Radio 1 listeners around the country and the world, can join us for the Dublin New Year’s Eve countdown, wherever they are!”, said RTÉ Radio 1′s John Creedon.

New Year’s Eve Live- The Gathering begins on RTÉ Radio 1 at 10pm and RTÉ One television at 10.30pm, while RTÉ.ie will be the central hub for all of RTÉ’s coverage. Dedicating the homepage to the event, RTÉ.ie will feature video links to RTÉ TV and radio coverage, as well as providing live updates throughout the evening to ensure audiences around the world have access to the latest from the capital city.

NYE Dublin is the first event of the Gathering Ireland 2013, a yearlong calendar of Gatherings, special festivals and events organised by the people of Ireland to celebrate all that is great about our country.

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Note to Editors:

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Live and on-demand coverage will be truly multi-platform on the following devices:
• Mobile: RTÉ Player iPhone / iPad app (international), RTÉ News Now iPhone / iPad / Windows / Android app (international)
• Desktop: RTÉ Player (ROI & WW), RTÉ.ie/live, RTÉ.ie News
• UPC: RTÉ Player On-Demand coverage on UPC On-Demand
• Connected TV: Live and on-demand coverage on RTÉ Player Samsung Smart TV app
• Gaming Devices: Live and on-demand coverage on RTÉ Player app for PlayStation3.

For Further information:
Sharon Brady, RTÉ Corporate Communications. Tel: 01-2082321/087 6858975

NYE Dublin
See www.dublinnye.ie
Contact: Kerryann Conway or Ian Plunkett, Conway Communications. Tel: 01-7071704 / 086-8215246 / 086-1607049

The Gathering Ireland 2013
Fionnuala Kavanagh, Q4 PR. Tel: 01 4751444 / 087 6527816