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Cork Gears Up For The Gathering

12 March 2013

To celebrate The Gathering 2013, Cork Airport is delighted to launch ‘The Big Welcome’ competition, which will offer winners the opportunity to fly friends or family home to Ireland and to spend a week in a unique Irish heritage property such as a castle in Kilkenny, a lighthouse in Cork or a Georgian mews in central Dublin.

Five lucky competition winners nationwide will receive six free return tickets each to fly guests to Ireland from anywhere in the world during 2013. These guests will spend a week in one of a number of fabulous heritage properties owned by the Irish Landmark Trust and can also avail of a voucher to the value of €5,000 to extend their stay in any hotel registered with Free car hire is also on offer as part of the package.

To enter ‘The Big Welcome’, participants simply need to visit the Cork Airport website, and register.  Information about the competition and further details about the fantastic prizes on offer are available on these websites and on, the website of the Irish Landmark Trust.

Participants can register for the competition each day from March 11 to March 15.

Information about ‘The Big Welcome’ is also available on TV3 is the media partner for the competition and will promote it across its full programme schedule over the next two weeks.  The lucky winners will be announced on TV3, during the commercial break in Coronation Street on Wednesday, March 20. This promotion is being run jointly by Cork and Dublin Airports in support of the Gathering and is also availbe for entry from the Dublin Airport website .

“We are delighted to partner with TV3 to help welcome home family and friends to enjoy The Gathering 2013,” said Cork Airport Director, Niall MacCarthy. “This represents a fantastic opportunity to get involved in The Gathering festivities and with so many people of Irish descent living in all four corners of the world, this competition is sure to be hugely popular.”

“We are delighted to be associated with this initiative,” said Jim Miley, Project Director, The Gathering Ireland 2013. “The Gathering is not only about the excitement and fun of visiting Ireland but the richness of the heritage we have to offer here. “The Big Welcome” is a great way of bringing all this to life.”

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