Ireland is to host the 2017 Womens Rugby World Cup, it was announced today. The competition will be held at venues in Dublin and Belfast.
At the time of entering their bid to host the tournament, the IRFU said it intended to host the pool stages at UCD before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queen’s University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill.
The Croke Park Classic in 2014 was a brilliant experience and I cannot wait for the next game. I was mislead that there would be an annual game but then there was one pencilled in for 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech but it seems it’s been cancelled.
The Luxurious Fota Island Resort, the leading Golf Club in Cork, is to host the 2014 Irish Open. The magnificent venue twice previously hosted the prestigious event but it has been 12 years since Golf of such calibre has been seen on Leeside.
This year’s event will take place from June 19th to 22nd and will see Ireland & Europe’s top golfers grace the Deerpark Championship Course at Fota.
Former (& future) world number one, Rory McIlroy welcome the news stating that “it is great news that the Irish Open will be played at Fota Island” and that that Fota Island is “exactly the kind of place to showcase what Ireland has to offer as a golf destination.”
Following the announcement there is likely to be an increased demand for Irish golf vacations and in particular to the championship courses on the South West coast.
As well as Fota, County Cork boasts the world famous Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course and nearby County Kerry has the outstanding courses at Killarney, Ballybunion, Waterville and Tralee.
In what could be a huge, and largely unexpected, boost for hotels near Dublin’s Aviva stadium, it has been revealed today that this year’s Heineken Cup final venue could also play host to a semi-Final if Ulster overcome Saracens in the last 8.
Toulon or Leicester Tigers will play the winners of this weekend’s quarter final with home advantage going to either Ulster or Saracens. Ulster have confirmed that if they have home advantage the game will be played at the Aviva.
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Hotels near the Aviva stadium in Dublin got a welcome boost today with the announcement by the ERC that the European Rugby Cup Final (Currently known as the Heineken Cup) will take place at the Dublin venue in 2013.
It will be tenth anniversary of the first and only time that the Heineken Cup final was played at the old Lansdowne Road stadium, the site of the current Aviva Stadium.
In a statement announcing the decision, ERC chief executive Derek McGrath said “The Aviva Stadium is a world-class venue which has quickly established a close affinity with the Heineken Cup having staged three matches last season”…..”Ireland has provided four Heineken Cup champions in the past six seasons and Irish rugby is steeped in the history of the tournament since it began 16 years ago.”
Unfortunately the final in 2003 was very poorly attended due to the finalists both being from France. Wouldn’t it be a great if Munster and Leinster were to battle it out in 2013?