International Rules Ireland -v- Australia

Limerick City Council to host Mayoral Reception for Ireland/Australia International Rules Players


Press Release
Wednesday, October 20th 2010

The Ireland and Australia International Rules Teams will meet for the first time tomorrow, Thursday, October 21st, when Limerick City Council hosts a Mayoral Reception in their honour.

The reception for the Irish and Australian delegation will take place in Limerick City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick at 5.30pm.

Ireland will take on Australia in front of thousands of spectators in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds for the Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series First Test this Saturday evening.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne will welcome both teams and their respective delegations including Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana and AFL Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Demetroiu.

A number of special guests have also been invited.

“We’re delighted that Limerick will host the first Test in the Irish Daily Mail series,” said Mayor Byrne. “As a city with a long and proud sporting tradition, we’re looking forward to welcoming both teams to Limerick and hosting a fantastic sporting weekend in advance of Limerick becoming European City of Sport next year”

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana added:
“We are delighted to be in Limerick for the first test of the Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series. This is a city with a rich heritage right across the sporting spectrum and we are delighted to welcome the Australian players and AFL representatives to Páirc na nGael for what we are confident will be the best attended international sporting event that the city has ever hosted.  I would also like to acknowledge the role of the city Mayor Maria Byrne and city manager Tom Mackey and their respective teams for their support of this event and also our own GAA network in this part of the country. I look forward to a thrilling spectacle on Saturday evening before the deciding game in Croke Park on October 30 and wish both teams every success in representing their codes and countries.”

Speaking ahead of the reception, Mike O’Riordan, Secretary, Limerick GAA County Board, said, “We have had great support from the Mayor and Limerick City Council in the build up to this event and the Mayor’s decision to afford both teams a Mayoral reception will add greatly to the teams experience of Limerick.  The people and businesses of Limerick have also played a huge part in making this game a reality.   We have spent in the region of €2.2 million on the Gaelic Grounds in the last 18 months in order to get ready for this great event between the new floodlights, dressing rooms, players tunnels and upgrades to the pitch and spectator areas.  95% of this was spent with local companies as we are delighted to support so many local businesses in these difficult economic times.  The game will also bring millions of euro in the local economy as spectators from Australia, the UK and all over Ireland come to Limerick to sample our local hospitality.”

Limerick will be putting on a special fireworks display after the International Rules on Saturday evening. King John’s Castle provides the backdrop to the fireworks display which is being sponsored by Limerick City Council, Shannon Development and Limerick GAA County Board.

For further information, please contact Laura Ryan, Communications Executive, Limerick Co-Ordination Office, 88 O’Connell Street, Limerick. 061-400010/086-6042544

Last update:20/10/2010