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Killarney ‘set to take the world by storm’ as Fitzgerald Stadium one of 12 potential venues for Rugby World Cup

KILLARNEY is ‘set to take the world by storm’ as Fitzgerald Stadium was unveiled as one of 12 potential venues for Rugby World Cup.

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Pictured at the bid announcement for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in the Aviva Stadium were Jacob Stockdale, Ireland U20, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minster, Brian O'Driscoll, Bid Ambassador, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Stephen Hilditch IRFU President and Bill Johnston, Ireland U20. PICTURE: DAN SHERIDAN/INPHO

KERRY TD Michael Healy-Rae has said Killarney is poised “to take the world stage by storm” as Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid took a huge leap forward today.

Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium is one of 12 potential venues for hosting the Rugby World Cup, if Ireland’s bid for the 2023 tournament is successful.

Other candidates unveiled today were Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, RDS Arena, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Páirc Ui Chaoimh, Thomond Park, Pearse Stadium, Galway, McHale Park, Castlebar, Casement Park, Kingspan Stadium, and Celtic Park Derry.

The chairman of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Dick Spring, has formally announced Ireland’s entry into the ‘candidate’ phase of the selection process to determine the host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Ireland will compete with South Africa and France to win the right to host the global tournament and take over as host nation from Japan who will preside over the 2019 staging. The winning bid will be announced in November 2017.

The announcement of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host union will take place in November 2017.

The Rugby World Cup expected to be worth over €800 million to the economy with over 445,000 visitors predicted to travel to Ireland if the bid is successful.

Speaking on the launch Deputy Michael Healy-Rae was more than happy Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium has been included in the proposed list of stadiums. “This news could not be better for Killarney,” said Deputy Healy-Rae. “I have always stated that in my opinion Killarney is the tourist capital of the world and I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase it to the world.”

The Kilgarvan-based TD added: “The businesspeople of Killarney are no strangers to big crowds from Munster finals to concerts, festivals you name it, Killarney can do it, this event is a different animal but there is no better town in Ireland to host it.”

He added the bid “couldn’t be coming at a better time” going on to state “this will have massive economic and social benefits for every city, town and village in Ireland, it will be a massive boost for this great nation”.

The IRFU anticipate 475,000 visitors to Ireland during the tournament and the economic benefit is estimated at €800 million.
At an announcement at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, Mr Spring said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Ireland to host one of the world’s biggest sporting events and we intend to ensure Ireland’s proposition will be world class and compelling.

“We believe Ireland is ready to stage a Rugby World Cup like no other. A tournament that will capture the imagination of the world. A festival of rugby that will be full of Irish people’s unique spirit and an event that will help rugby to reach new audiences throughout the world.”
 


 
Pictured at the bid announcement for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in the Aviva Stadium were Jacob Stockdale, Ireland U20, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minster, Brian O’Driscoll, Bid Ambassador, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland’s RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Stephen Hilditch IRFU President and Bill Johnston, Ireland U20. PICTURE: DAN SHERIDAN/INPHO

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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