Don't Miss "The Gathering" with Brendan Vacations "” The Ireland Specialist
~ From Guided Tours to Self-Drive Vacations, Brendan Offers the Best Choices
For This Exciting Year-Long Celebration in Ireland ~

Ireland is throwing a party and Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, wants to be your official host! The Irish have contributed so much to the world with their culture, myths and literature, music, dance, and more. To pay tribute to the country and her people, past and present, Ireland has put together The Gathering, a year-long celebration with hundreds of festivals and events across the island. Brendan Vacations has some great opportunities to get you to The Gathering! Whether you choose a Guided or Independent Vacation, and whether you want to drive yourself or enjoy a chauffeur-driven tour, Brendan has something for everyone.

On all of Brendan's 2013 Ireland Guided Vacations, for example, each tour has a unique Gathering experience, from a personally invited lunch in a private home with local expert on W.B. Yeats in Sligo on the Castle & Manors Boutique Journey to a Bodhrán (Irish Drum) lesson for everyone in one of Ireland's oldest pubs on the Enchanting Emerald Isle itinerary.

According to Nico Zenner, President of Brendan Vacations, "Because we have our own office and staff in Ireland, we take care of our guests in the best personal way. In fact, we've secured tickets for the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Festival in Dublin. It is a highly coveted and anticipated event and we expect it will sell out quickly as only a limited number of tickets are available. Marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade is just one of the many unique and wonderful opportunities our guests can participate in during The Gathering Ireland 2013."

If you miss out on St. Paddy's Day, or if you have another interest in Ireland, there are a number of other "Gathering" events happening all year long. Whether it's the Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin in January or the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in October, just choose what you want to participate in, and Brendan can put together a completely personalized package, from a short 3-5 day trip to a full itinerary. Brendan offers the best in accommodations, sightseeing, rental cars or private chauffeurs, airport transfers and event tickets. You make your plans and let Brendan do the work!

Here are ten great ideas to create your own Gathering:

"¢ Choose one of Brendan's Ireland Guided Vacations or build your own itinerary with a car, B&Bs and sightseeing
"¢ Bring all the family home
"¢ Get married In Ireland!
"¢ Discover your Irish links with golf buddies
"¢ Plan your Irish Clan Gathering
"¢ Tour Ireland with your Church Group
"¢ Meet your Alumni Group in Ireland
"¢ Gather your GAA Club
"¢ Bring your Irish-American Association
"¢ Trace your roots on a group genealogy trip

Brendan's long-standing tradition of personal service, innovation and customer satisfaction is now even better with the 2013 Ireland & Scotland brochure. For more go to