Hopes of tourism boost at Gathering Ireland 2013
28 July 2013 Last updated at 09:15 BST
Tourism officials are hoping an initiative billed as a year-long celebration of Ireland will boost its fortunes since the collapse of the country's Celtic Tiger economy.
Gathering Ireland 2013 drew some initial negative reaction. With five months left to go, hopes are still high that the Irish diaspora will join in the festivities.
Al Moloney reports from Dublin.