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Limerick chosen as a host location for bid to bring the FIA World Rally Championship back to Ireland

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Limerick chosen as a host location for bid to bring the FIA World Rally Championship back to Ireland. Photo: Pic. Brian Arthur

Limerick has been selected as one of three locations in Ireland as possible venues for the FIA World Rally Championships (WRC) as Motorsport Ireland hopes to bring the global event back to Ireland

Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau said the event “is worth €100 million to the economy and will put Limerick firmly on the global stage”. Pic. Brian Arthur

Limerick was selected as well as Kerry and Waterford in the South East region as potential host locations for the WRC in the years 2025-27.

Motorsport Ireland has announced that each of the proposed venues would be used on a rotation basis over three years from 2025 to 2027 – subject to Government funding being secured to bring the Championships to Ireland.

Limerick Racecourse would be the location for a 10,000 square metre service park, rally headquarters and international media centre.


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Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau who aided Limerick Motor Club in their bid to bring the championship to Limerick explained the event is worth €100 million to the economy and is an opportunity to show Limerick to the world. 

Karen Ronan, Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau General Manager explained, “We were delighted to assist Limerick Motor Club in their bid to host WRC in Limerick.  We are thrilled with the outcome.  This event is worth €100 million to the economy and will put Limerick firmly on the global stage.  

“All the agencies locally and elected officials in Limerick were of immense support to the bid and I’ve no doubt this was a major contributing factor in us being awarded the event.”  

Limerick City and County Council officials have also welcomed the news including Mayor of the city and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell who said the event would be an “exciting opportunity for motorsport enthusiasts in the region and for Limerick as a whole”.  

Limerick was selected as well as Kerry and Waterford in the South East region as potential host locations for the WRC in the years 2025-27. Pic. Brian Arthur

He commented, “Securing the World Rally Championships would present an exciting opportunity for motorsport enthusiasts in the region and for Limerick as a whole. I want to congratulate Limerick Racecourse, Limerick Motor Club, Shannon Region and Conference Sports Bureau, Limerick City and County Council, Failte Ireland and all the political and business representatives who supported this proposal. It is this spirit of collaboration that is delivering great things for Limerick”

Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council, Dr Pat Daly commented on what are “exciting times” for the city and county as the region attracts some global events. 

In 2023 Limerick City saw the first-ever International Tag Federation Rugby WorldCup in the northern hemisphere come to Univeristy of Limerick as well as the 2023 World Archery Youth Championships among other European and global events.

Dr Pat Daly said, “This decision by Motorsport Ireland delivers the prospect of another global sporting event coming to Limerick, showcasing our county on an international stage. It’s expected that the WRC Rally would draw 250,000 visitors, injecting vitality into our community and generating millions of euros in revenue for our local economy. With the Ryder Cup coming to Adare in 2027 there are exciting times ahead.”

Speaking on the announcement, Motorsport Ireland President Aiden Harper said, “It was an honour for me and the selection panel to see the commitment from our clubs and volunteers in the three areas putting together such strong bids to potentially host WRC Rally Ireland from 2025 onwards. In Kerry, Limerick and the South East, we have a trio of world class venues that will be ideal hubs for the event.”

Mr Harper emphasised the need for government funding, presently under consideration by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media. The proposed three-year deal requires a €15 million investment but promises a remarkable €300 million return, benefiting local economies in the host regions.

He said, “Today’s announcement is obviously predicated on securing Government funding and this is a process that is underway at present. Our bid is currently under consideration by senior management in the Major Sports Events Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. A three-year deal will require a €15 million investment but this will yield a €300 million return over those three years and will greatly benefit the local economies in the South West, Mid West and South East regions.”

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