Cllr Andy Moloney calls on Tipperary County Council to be ready to engage with the County GAA Board and GAA HQ if Ireland wins the bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023.
There had been much debate around the Selection of grounds for the World Cup and the omission of Thurles was leading to considerable debate in the chambers at the December monthly meeting of Tipperary Co Co.
While councillors expressed concerns around the fact that Thurles was losing out as a venue, Moloney had a different opinion. He told the meeting that it was a once in a lifetime chance to see the Big T meaning the Tipperary Brand.
We must row in behind the IRFU and support them in its bid for the World Cup 2023 but when it is announced we must put in place a plan to sell the T brand. Tipperary is the Home of the GAA and we should be hurling balls and kicking footballs morning, noon and night for the 4 weeks of the World Cup.
We have been talking today of the Lakelands up in North Tipp. We have the Ancient East, the Butler Trail, Blueways and Greenways, Castles and Walks and most of all Tipperary GAA.
Visitors to this island will be moving between venues from week to week and we need to provide their leisure time. Not alone will this be good for Thurles but it will be good for Tipperary from Terryglass to Carrick-on-Suir and we have 6 years notice now to have our house in order.
Members agreed that there was an alternative and that maybe the bigger picture was a better option. After all, only 100 witnessed the Railway Cup semi finals in Semple at the weekend and the suggestion of Thurles as a Training Ground for Rugby was not an option. There are many rugby clubs willing to do their bit but Tipp Co Co should be ready to promote all that’s good in the county.