Friday 9 December 2016

Ireland calling in one voice for Rugby World Cup

Patrick O'Donovan

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, Former Ireland International, Brian O'Driscoll, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and chairman of Ireland's Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Dick Spring pictured at the Aviva Stadium for the launch of of Ireland's Bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, Former Ireland International, Brian O'Driscoll, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and chairman of Ireland's Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Dick Spring pictured at the Aviva Stadium for the launch of of Ireland's Bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Over the past few weeks, the world of Irish rugby and those who support it have endured every possible emotion. From the sense of devastation and loss caused by the sudden and tragic death of Anthony Foley to the exhilaration of the win over the All Blacks, we have seen how a sport can be such a powerful force to bind all the people on this island.

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That strength of unity through sport was clear yesterday in the Aviva Stadium when we as a people, north and south, witnessed the unveiling of what would be the most ambitious sports programme ever to take place in Ireland.

The bid for the Rugby World Cup 2023 plans to deliver a spectacle of international rugby to the four provinces, allowing us to be part of the greatest and most historic sporting event the country has seen.

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