Tribal Feast Off -The Gathering

CALLING ALL GALWAY TRIBES TO TAKE PART IN THE WORLDS OLDEST OYSTER FESTIVAL

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE TRIBAL OYSTER FEAST OFF EVENT ON 29TH SEPTEMBER 2013?

Have you ever thought about visiting the magical West of Ireland? Have you ever considered attending the most famous Oyster & Seafood Festival in the world? This year, as part of The Gathering 2013, we are giving YOU an Fourteen Tribes of Galway - Oyster Feast Offopportunity to be part of it!

On Sunday 29th September, we will host the first ever Oyster Eating competition in honour of the 14 Tribes of Galway.

TO ENTER

Ideally you should share a surname with one of the 14 Tribes of Galway – Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D’Arcy, Deane, Ffont, Ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris, Skerritt

OR

Be able to prove a link in your heritage to one of the Tribes (spelling variations accepted)

Email info@galwayoysterfest.com to register.

Descendants of the 14 Tribes of Galway living all over the world are invited to home to Ireland to celebrate their ancestry at the 59th Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival.

The 14 Tribes of Galway forged the city as we know it today and Galway is still known as 'The City of the Tribes'. From the late 12th century, the city was ruled by these 14 merchant families. They led the city to a golden age of prosperity and international recognition until its surrender to Cromwell in 1652.

In 1477 even Christopher Columbus heard of and visited Galway and Galwegian's have similarly travelled the globe. Descendants of the 14 Tribes have been traced to the wineries of France – Chateau Kirwan and Chateau Lynch Bages, throughout the UK, Australia and also as early settlers of several states in America. Galway is calling its tribes back home – if you are linked in name or to a descendant of Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'Arcy, Deane, Ffont, Ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris or Skerritt - you're invited to enter the competition. Encourage your friends and family to support you and the whole of Galway will cheer you on.

Established in 1954, The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a million visitors, consumed more than 3 million oysters – washed down with champagne and Guinness whilst listening to some of the best musicians in Ireland. We have played host to over 300 international contenders vying for the World Oyster Opening title - the Olympics of the oyster world.

Entrants must be non-resident in Ireland and be an Oyster lover. Each contender will be asked to feast on a tray of oysters. The winner will be he/she that eats them the fastest watching out for penalties for sloppy savouring! (Rules available on request)

There is no fee to enter the competition, competitors must be non-resident in Ireland and tickets will be provided for entrants’ family/friends.

Encourage your ‘Tribe’ to support you and the whole of Galway will cheer you on

In addition to the Feast Off, there will be blind tastings, wine & beer pairings, cookery demos, live music and family fun. Email us on info@galwayoysterfest.com for more details.