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Dun Laoghaire aiming to net Volvo sea race

Published 01/12/2012 | 05:00

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ANOTHER seaside town is aiming to cash in on the success of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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The race attracted 900,000 spectators when it stopped in Galway earlier this year, netting tens of millions of euro for the city.

Now Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council chiefs have passed a motion to enter into consultation with Failte Ireland to tender for the event.

Galway is not expected to bid for the next race in 2014-2015.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Fine Gael councillor John Bailey, who proposed the race motion, said: "Costs are in the region of €8m to tender for it – €5m comes through the Government and Failte Ireland, so we need to raise €3m to initiate the process."

Irish Independent

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