Monday 19th June saw the Fáilte Ireland Visit Dublin centre on Suffolk Street play played host to the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy.
This little event was an awareness campaign to alert visitors to the fact that the prestigious campaign would be hosted by Ireland.
The trophy continues its tour of the country with the clock ticking down to the first games of the event holding in Dublin.
Tourists who were visiting the capital city were given the opportunity to come up close and personal with the coveted trophy.
The Women’s Rugby World Cup which will kick off in August will have 12 national rugby teams start out in a series of matches to be hosted in Dublin and Belfast.
18 pool stage matches according to the tournament format, will take place in University College, Dublin while 12 knockout stage games will hold in Queens University and Kingspan Stadium, both located in Belfast.
Tourism authorities have pegged the number of beds to be occupied due to the event at about 15,000 as there would be a large number of visiting team members, officials, spectators, supporters and fans alike expected to arrive the city.
This is also expected to increase tourism revenue for the city of Dublin as well as Belfast.
CEO of Fáilte Ireland, Paul Kelly who stressed on the importance of securing such a high profile event for Ireland, noted that it was a delight to host the event.
“We are delighted to be hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup – particularly given the growing popularity of women’s rugby and the event’s potential benefit for Irish tourism.
“Fáilte Ireland is always very keen that any international event we bring here showcases Ireland’s ability to stage international events brilliantly,” he added.