Thursday 24 May 2018

Millstreet bids for world games

John Tarrant

NOEL C DUGGAN is now looking to flood Millstreet with over half a million people - in the wake of a hugely successful FEI European Pony Championships held in the revamped Green Glens/Drishane Castle complex last week.

Noel C, and the Duggan family, have now set their sights on the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games, having received plaudits from competitors from across Europe about the, once again, upgraded Green Glens and, indeed, the massive redo of the grounds around Drishane Castle for the European competition.

With the exception of the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games are the most prestigious festival in equine sport and would be considerably bigger than the Eurovision Song Contest hosted in Millstreet in 1993.

The World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) in 2010 drew 570,000 spectators from 61 nations, plus a not-so-small army of journalists and TV crews.

Growing support for a possible Millstreet hosting in 2022 was heightened after rave reviews of the new 4km cross country course.

Representatives from 18 countries marvelled at one of the finest terrains and designs shaped by Mike Etherington-Smith and built by Mallow's Danny Dullohery.

Taking in the plaudits, owner Noel C Duggan said they are now hoping to bring the world games to Millstreet. "I may not be around when they come but I am going to book them before I go," he quipped.