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06 Jul 2017

Send-off events for women’s rugby teams in Madrid and Paris

Highlighting the Women’s Rugby World Cup to rugby fans in Spain and France

Tourism Ireland in Spain, in conjunction with the Irish Embassy in Madrid, hosted a special send-off event for the Spanish women’s rugby team yesterday (Wednesday, 5 July). The event, hosted by HE David Cooney, Irish Ambassador to Spain, was organised to wish the team well and to raise the profile of the tournament, which takes place here next month. Pool stages kick off on 9 August in Dublin (in UCD) and the finals will be played in Belfast (Queen’s and Kingspan Stadium) on 22-26 August. And, in Paris, HE Geraldine Byrne Nason, Irish Ambassador to France, also hosted an event which was attended by the French women’s rugby team. 

Earlier this week, Tourism Ireland announced details of its new campaign to leverage the tourism benefits of the upcoming Women’s Rugby World Cup. Over the coming weeks, Tourism Ireland will be spreading the word about the tournament taking place here, through its promotions in key rugby-loving countries, including Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, Canada and the United States. The organisation is urging rugby fans and potential visitors everywhere to come for the games and then stay for the craic – reminding them that, in Ireland, we love our rugby and we’re prepared to be the perfect host for this year’s tournament in Dublin and Belfast. 

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “We’re delighted that the Women’s Rugby World Cup is taking place here next month. Our send-off events for the teams in Spain and France will help raise the profile of the tournament and the fact that it’s taking place in Dublin and Belfast next month. Tourism Ireland is encouraging rugby fans and potential visitors in France, Spain and other rugby-loving countries to come and join in the electric atmosphere of Dublin and Belfast’s great sporting arenas and explore these beautiful cities as they enjoy the games. Our message is that the island of Ireland is a fantastic place to visit – where they’re guaranteed a wonderful experience and the warmest of welcomes.”

  The Spanish women’s rugby team with HE David Cooney, Irish Ambassador to Spain (back, second left); Conor McGurk, British Embassy in Madrid (back, left); Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland (standing, third left); and José Ramón Lete, Spanish Secretary of State for Sport (standing, centre), at the special send-off event for the Spanish women’s rugby team.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.