Clones Cyclone McGuigan blows into town for Limerick sports conference

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

FORMER world boxing champion Barry McGuigan will be among the speakers at a national sports conference being held in Limerick next week as the city’s year as European City of Sport reaches its conclusion.

FORMER world boxing champion Barry McGuigan will be among the speakers at a national sports conference being held in Limerick next week as the city’s year as European City of Sport reaches its conclusion.

Eleven speakers in all have been lined up by Shannon Development for the event at the Clarion Hotel next Friday, November 25, at which RTE broadcaster Marty Morrissey will do the honours as MC.

And Minister for Sport Jimmy Deenihan will open the daylong conference: “Positive Change Through Sport – All To Play For”.

“Sport is a key strength for Limerick at national and international level and has been one of a number of key development drivers through which progress in tourism, enterprise, investment and regeneration has been secured. We are delighted to hold the conference in the city as Limerick’s reign as European City of Sport 2011 draws to a close,” said Shannon Development’s Eoghan Prendergast.

The conference runs from 10am to 4pm and centres on themes such as the role of sport in the economy and urban regeneration.

The panel includes Steve Morris, head of sport with the City of Cardiff, who is to speak about the Welsh city’s term as European Capital of Sport and also on the London Olympics. John Fitzgerald, Limerick Regeneration and Barry “The Clones Cyclone” McGuigan will also make presentations.

The conference is aimed at those involved in promoting or developing sport as well as those involved in the business of sport. Registration is free but pre-booking is essential. Contact Kevin O’Connor on 061 410777 or at oconnork@shannondevelopment.ie