The “In Humbert’s Footsteps” Gathering event, which takes place over the weekend of August 16th to 18th in County Mayo, has received a huge boost with the news that the L.É. Eithne, the Naval Service’s Helicopter Patrol Vessel, is to attend the celebrations which will re-enact the landing by French soldiers in Kilcummin in 1798.
Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Deputy Michelle Mulherin, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Defence, Deputy Alan Shatter, to allow a Naval Service presence at the “In Humbert’s Footsteps” Gathering.
Deputy Mulherin said, “I became aware that the organisers of the “In Humbert’s Footsteps” Gathering were hoping to have a Naval Service presence at the re-enactment of the 1798 French landings and I was delighted to make the request personally to the Minister for Defence, Deputy Alan Shatter. As all Government Departments are fully supportive of Gathering events, Minister Shatter confirmed to me that he had no hesitation in giving his approval once operational requirements were examined.”
“The Naval Service is always popular with the public whenever it attends a public event such as this and the presence of L É Eithne will be a huge boost to this Gathering. As well as attracting the public, the Naval Service presence will be of interest to crewmembers of other seagoing vessels who may decide to visit Killala and attend some of the other “In Humbert’s Footsteps” events across Mayo.”
“The organising committee behind “In Humbert’s Footsteps” has put mammoth work into this event and it promises to be one of the year’s highlights.
There is a full schedule of events for this Gathering, starting in June with an exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland in Turlough, followed by events in Kilcummin, Killala, Lahardane and Castlebar over the weekend of August 16th to 18th and visitors are expected from around the world. Despite the economic difficulties, it is great to see this dedicated group of enthusiasts getting behind this project and I would like to congratulate Steve Dunford, Michael Baynes and everyone else on the committee in Castlebar and Killala for their considerable efforts.”
“Since it was first announced, the Gathering Ireland 2013 has been embraced by the public and tourism organisations across the country and the number of events has exceeded initial estimates. Mayo is no different and many Gatherings are being held across the county including three flagship events — In Humbert’s Footsteps, Mayo North Welcome Home Gathering and Feile Granuaile. There is no doubt but that Mayo is the place to be this year.”
“I am grateful to Minister Shatter for his decision and I am sure that the Naval Service’s presence will draw huge crowds. Here in Mayo, there is a strong link with the Service as the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service, Commodore Mark Mellett is a native of Castlebar and of course the Naval Service has featured regularly at the various events in Foxford commemorating the memory of Admiral William Browne, founder of the Argentine navy and a native of Foxford.”
“I would like to wish the organising committee of “In Humbert’s Footsteps”, and indeed the organisers of all Mayo Gatherings, the very best with their on-going work and I look forward to attending as many Gatherings as I can throughout the year.”