Limerick city under scrutiny for Gay Games bid

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Billie and Cillian Flynn of the Limerick Gay Games organising committee pictured at the Treaty Stone, Clancy Strand [Picture: Press 22]
PREPARATIONS are underway to have Limerick’s best attractions looking in top condition ahead of a visit next week of an international delegation behind the Gay Games committee.

PREPARATIONS are underway to have Limerick’s best attractions looking in top condition ahead of a visit next week of an international delegation behind the Gay Games committee.

Limerick, along with London and Paris, have been selected as finalists to host the 2018 Gay Games, which could be worth €50m to the economy in five years time.

The Treaty City’s suitability to host the games is due to be assessed from next Wednesday for three days as the delegation arrives in Limerick, before flying to Paris and ending their tour in London.

Some of the venues which will come under close scrutiny include the University Arena, Thomond Park, the UL Activity Centre in Killaloe, and the facilities at Ballyhoura and Adare Manor.

If successful in the process, the 2018 Gay Games will attract in excess of 10,000 participants and approximately 12,000 spectators to Limerick and the surrounding areas in August 2018.

Cillian Flynn, communications director for Limerick’s bid, said they are “quietly confident” about the region’s suitability to host the games.

The announcement of the winning city will be made at the Federation of Gay Games Annual Conference on October 7 in Cleveland, Ohio - host city of the 2014 Games.