In a first for Ireland the Munster Blackwater River is to light up on the 21st of June, just in time for The Gathering Cruise
visitors. This unique event is hoped to attract hundreds of overseas visitors to the river valley, generating much needed revenue for the local economy.
To do this the local people and visitors are been asked to shine a light on the river on the night. The event is to take place in villages and towns all along the river. There is also a flotilla of boats travelling from Cappoquin to Youghal with festivities planned on the quay in the evening.
Aidan Hallahan from the Light the Munster Blackwater said "We are hoping to bring back the people and their families who have left the area to celebrate all what is good about the river".
The committee has transformed an idea of a symbolic candle which former President Mary Robinson had used to guide the Irish home at Christmas into Lighting the Munster Blackwater River to guide its diaspora home. They hope by doing this they can bring families together to celebrate the river and hopefully inject some much needed funds in the local rural economy.
This is a first time this has been tried in this country, and a similar event happened in Tokyo, Japan and also in other Far East Countries but as a religious festival.