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The Gathering: Notre Dame - A Welcome Home

An unmissable Irish/American entertainment spectacular hosted by Miriam O'Callaghan celebrating the kick-off in Ireland of the U.S. College Football Season 2012/2013

Broadcast from the O2, Dublin on RTÉ One Television, RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, and available worldwide on RTE's official YouTube channel.

The Gathering Ireland 2013 and RTÉ are delighted to announce an exclusive broadcast of The Gathering: Notre Dame - A Welcome Home concert, from the O2, Dublin on Friday August 31st, 2012. The concert will be one of the highlights of the US College Football weekend being held in Ireland. The following day sees the Aviva Stadium play host to The Emerald Isle Classic - Notre Dame vs US Naval Academy.

Presented by Miriam O'Callaghan, the 90 minute concert will combine elements of a traditional Notre Dame pep rally with performances by a host of Ireland's top entertainers including Brian Kennedy, Damien Dempsey, Eimear Quinn and The High Kings. Taoiseach Enda Kenny will welcome US travelling fans estimated to be in the region of 35,000 as well launching "The Gathering Ireland 2013"; a year-long initiative showcasing all that is great about Ireland and encouraging people worldwide to visit.

In a first for Irish Entertainment this unique Irish concert will be simultaneously broadcast on RTÉ One Television, RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and on RTE's official YouTube channel - - where the spectacular will be streamed worldwide, enabling anyone with an internet-connected device to tune in and enjoy the event.

The Gathering: Notre Dame - A Welcome Home will honour both Notre Dame and Irish traditions, bringing together the Notre Dame Band and Folk Choir and many of our most popular Irish musicians and performers, in a unique and unmissable concert celebrating the best of Ireland as well as the football heritage of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Irish artists performing include Anuna, Liam O'Flynn, Nollaig Casey, Brian Kennedy, Damien Dempsey, Eimear Quinn, The High Kings and Irish dance master Colin Dunne with one of the highlights of the evening being a specially commissioned drum corps, performing under the batons of musical maestros Noel Eccles and David Hayes.

The total cost involved in the production of the Notre Dame PEP Rally, at the O2 has been underwritten by the Glen Dimplex Group. Door receipts from the event will be donated directly to seven local Irish charities.

The charities benefiting are:
. Friends of the Elderly (Bolton Street, Dublin)
. Separated Children Education Service (Parnell Square, Dublin)
. Aisling Project (Ballymun, Dublin)
. Life Centre (Pearse Street, Dublin)
. Foundations Project (Sean McDermott Street, Dublin)
. Youth Horizons (Tallaght, County Dublin)
. Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta

The Gathering: Notre Dame - A Welcome Home is produced by South Winds Blows and broadcast by RTÉ.

Date: Monday 27 August 2012

The Gathering: Notre Dame - A Welcome Home
  • Friday 31st August at 9.30pm