Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Clan invite for Gallagher brothers

Noel and Liam Gallagher have been invited to bury the hatchet at a mass gathering of Gallaghers

Warring rockers Liam and Noel Gallagher have been invited to take part in a record-breaking family gathering in Co Donegal.

Organisers of the second Gallagher Global Gathering hope the Oasis brothers, who famously fell out in 2009, will kiss and make up in time for their huge event this summer.

"We are extending a special invitation to Noel and Liam Gallagher," a spokesman for the Gallagher clan said.

"We hope they will be interested because of the songwriting and musical aspects but, also because it's a Gallagher family gathering."

The 10-day event (between September 6 and 15) will take place at Gortahork in west Donegal - the homeland of the Gallagher clan. It aims to bring together tens of thousands of Gallaghers in an effort to break the world record for the largest number of people with the same name in one place.

All Gallaghers and those with variants of the name; those with Gallagher in their family tree and their friends have been asked to descend on Donegal to celebrate their shared heritage with local relatives.

Six years ago, 14,088 Gallaghers congregated in Letterkenny, also in Co Donegal, and took the title from the Joneses of Wales. Confirmed attendees include songwriter Benny Gallagher - of Gallagher & Lyle fame - who started his career as a staff writer for The Beatles and also worked alongside Simon and Garfunkel.

He is to perform in concert and conduct a songwriters' workshop. Arranger, producer and multi-talented musician Frank Gallagher who has worked with big names such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Charlotte Church and Phil Coulter has also signed up.

A personal invitation is to be sent to both Liam and Noel Gallagher requesting their attendance. The Oasis frontmen are as famous for their bust-ups as they are for their hit songs and have hardly spoken since Oasis split in 2009.

Liam went on to form his own band the Beady Eye while Noel set up The High Flying Birds in 2011. Their mother, Peggy, is originally from Co Mayo.

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