Taoiseach backs Limerick’s Gay Games bid for 2018

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Taoiseach backs bid: Limerick's Gay Games committee members, Billie and Cillian Flynn. Picture: Alan Place/Press 22.
ENDA Kenny has thrown his weight behind Limerick’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

ENDA Kenny has thrown his weight behind Limerick’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

The bid committee will find out on October 7 if they have been successful in lobbying for the right to host the games in Limerick, which could be worth millions to the local economy.

The taoiseach has written a letter of support backing the bid to the Federation of Gay Games, in which he guaranteed a traditional Irish welcome for everyone who attends the 2018 event and said “Ireland is waiting, do come and join us”.

If Limerick is announced as the host city in Ohio this October, the games could have a multi-million euro boost for the city and the region in five years’ time.

Up to 12,000 participants are expected to take part, along with 15,000 spectators over a 10-day period in August 2018. It has been estimated that the boost to the economy could be as much as €50m.

Limerick is vying against Paris and London in the bidding process and Cillian Flynn, spokesman for Limerick’s bid, said hosting the games would “reinforce the quality of Limerick’s sporting infrastructure and build capacity for organising other major sporting events into the future”.

The team behind Orlando’s bid who lost out on a shortlist spot last June to the trio of cities, have also endorsed Limerick’s bid.