Wednesday 28 September 2016

A chance to make Eyre Square the new Mayfair

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Graham Barnes and Cllr Donal Lyons at the launch of Monopoly Galway
Graham Barnes and Cllr Donal Lyons at the launch of Monopoly Galway

Galway's iconic landmarks including Eyre Square, the Ballybrit Racecourse and even Connemara have all been put on the market.

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The hot property is set to go for a song when it appears in a new Monopoly game later this year.

Landmarks expected to feature include Eyre Square, Dunguaire Castle and Galway Racecourse, with the famous square tipped to take top spot on the new board.

The 22 landmarks will be chosen by the public, with polls remaining open for the next fortnight - closing at midnight on May 11.

"The board is very much a blank canvas at the moment so we are inviting input from the Galway public and beyond as the region is a magnet for tourists from across the world," said Monopoly executive Robert Osborne.

"It may well be, for example, that Connemara landmarks are included too. Or that Dublin features on a 'fine' card with players sent there without Passing Go and collecting any money. Everything is up for grabs."

The property sets will be themed, with 'heritage', 'leisure', 'arts', 'sport' and 'festival' expected to lead the way.

The four train station sites from the London original will be handed over to a 'travel' theme.

"We expect to be spoilt for choice," added Mr Osborne.

The board will be released this October to mark Monopoly's 80th anniversary.

To nominate landmarks, go to galway@winningmoves.co.uk or www.facebook.com/galwaymonopoly.

Irish Independent

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