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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By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]
By Michelle Crean
Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.
What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.
The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.
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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]
Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.
Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.
The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.
The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.
The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.
Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.
Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.
It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.
“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.
“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”
Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.
Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.
Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.
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