The Year of The Gathering is upon us in a big way. During 2013, the initiative to encourage those who are living abroad to come home to Ireland for a holiday visit,  has been successful in pulling those whose families are scattered across the world together on Irish soil. Many hospitality establishments throughout Ireland have played a big part in this, offering events, special rates, specific The Gathering menus for large parties and much more,  to ensure it’s success. In Dublin City, The Merrion Hotel is jumping on board this summer with it’s Merrion Family Gathering Offer. Gracious surroundings in the Georgian quarter of the city are the home of The Merrion. The hotel has rich heritage and history, character from bygone days and every modern amenity for a comfortable stay. Service here is impeccable – from the moment you walk through the door. This summer, family of four can stay in inter connecting Superior Rooms in the Garden Wing, enjoy the famous breakfast served in the Cellar Restaurant,  and the planned Miss and Master kids activities during your stay. Of course you might want to enjoy dinner at the award winning Cellar Restaurant, where our Ambassador of the Year 2013, Merrion Executive Chef Ed Cooney, presides over the kitchens. As an added bonus, kids under 12 dine free from the Children’s Menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Cellar. The Family Gathering offer runs till 31 August.Check our Offers listings for more details and booking.