It's tough to say the city of Joyce, Yeats and Beckett is
for greatness. When Ireland calls everybody home, however, it's perhaps the only way to make a great city of pubs, song, literature and culture even greater.
Those with Irish ancestry or a healthy envy of those who have it may want to consider heading to Dublin for
The Gathering Ireland 2013
, a yearlong series of festivals, concerts, clan gatherings and sporting events celebrating Ireland and its diaspora. While more than 70 million people around the world claim Irish descent, a full 44 million of those are Americans.
The highlights include a supersized
St. Patrick's Day
celebration in Dublin in march, a nod to Irish music and dance during the
Temple Bar TradFest
this month and trips out to the
that families left behind after the Great Famine in the late 1800s. Millions are expected to trace their roots and join clan gatherings across the country, but Dublin will be their gateway and should reap much of the benefit from the festivities. If it gets even some Americans to pass up parades and bars with paper shamrocks in the windows, The Gathering will be a worthy endeavor.