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Personalities Gather for New RTÉ Television Series

25 September 2012: RTÉ is set to broadcast a brand new primetime television series The Gathering - Homeward Bound this October as it partners with The Gathering Ireland 2013 across a range of events throughout the coming year.

The Gathering – Homeward Bound sees six well-known Irish people who are based abroad return to their home place, or a place they have close ties to, in order to help these communities prepare for The Gathering Ireland 2013, a yearlong celebration which will see the people of Ireland reaching out to many millions of friends, family, loved ones and connections overseas, inviting them to Ireland next year to celebrate with everyone.

The personalities featured in the line-up are: former rugby international Trevor Brennan goes back to Leixlip; musician Bressie returns to Mullingar; Irish dancer and choreographer Jean Butler re-connects with Westport; comedian Brendan Grace returns to the Liberties; Kerry GAA and Aussie Rules football star Tadhg Kennelly goes back to his native Listowel and renowned Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan revisits Connemara.

Each of those featured will undertake a very personal journey where they will revisit places of particular significance to them, evoking an emotional and sometimes humorous response. They will also uncover the story of emigration from their home place, by meeting with local historians, visiting libraries and viewing church records. A clear picture of both the historic and more recent emigrant history will be created so that the Diaspora of each particular town will become a more tangible and real concept to the people in each of these places.