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Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media | The potential to host global sporting events

To ask the Minister for Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media the extent to which she and her Department support the potential hosting of various global sporting events in this country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.


Major Sports Events have the potential to drive participation in sport, contribute to trade and tourism as well as boost national and community pride.  Major Sports Events often require Government support and input to win bids and to support delivery.  This can involve supports such as funding, commercial protections, transport and security provisions as well as political support. 

As set out in the Programme for Government, my Department is currently developing a Major Sports Events policy and strategy.  As part of the policy development process, I launched a public consultation in April and this closed on 26 May. The inputs gathered will assist in the development of a policy and strategy that will guide future Government support for major international sports events.

In the recent past Ireland has won bids to host Ryder Cup 2027, UEFA EURO 2020, the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017, the European Cross Country Championships in 2021 and is preferred bidder for the T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2030.  It also engaged in an all-island bid for Rugby World Cup 2023 and is currently part of a potential joint bid with the U.K. to host UEFA EURO 2028.

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