The hosting of international sports events, both participative and spectator sports, can provide a positive showcase for Ireland and help attract additional international visitors. Accordingly, I am very supportive of the on-going efforts of the tourism agencies and the national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport to attract international events. Of course, any proposal to support the hosting of an event must be subject to an assessment of the costs/benefits involved in any State financial support.
Generally speaking, from a tourism perspective, subject to their assessment, Fáilte Ireland could consider providing funding and other supports to assist the bid stage. From a sporting perspective, any potential Sport Ireland funding would be channelled through the relevant NGB – which, in this instance, is the Football Association of Ireland – and would relate to the hosting of the event following a successful bid (rather than for the bid itself).
With regard to the specific event mentioned by the Deputy, I have asked Fáilte Ireland to provide her with further information on any potential tourism-related bid supports. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.