Ministers Donohoe and Ring welcome announcement that Ireland to host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

13th May, 2015

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement that Ireland has been chosen to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.


Minister Donohoe said: ‘I am delighted that Ireland has been chosen to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017. This event is an excellent opportunity to promote women’s sport and to further raise the profile of women’s rugby in Ireland. Women’s rugby is already seeing a significant growth in popularity, thanks to the wonderful success of the Irish women’s team in recent years. Today’s announcement is another great boost for Irish sport overall and for women’s participation in it’.


“Another benefit of having this great event in 2017 is that we will demonstrate to the world rugby community what fantastic hosts we would be for Rugby World Cup in 2023.  Work on that bid is continuing and I hope it will be as successful as this one announced today.”


In welcoming the event, Minister Ring said: ‘I congratulate the IRFU on winning the bid to host this important event. This is great news for women’s sport and for Irish rugby. I am sure that having the World Cup take place here in Ireland will inspire more women and girls to get involved in rugby, and other sports, and that is to be welcomed. I am confident that we will put on the best Women’s Rugby World Cup ever and show the world how well Ireland hosts international events’.


The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup will take place in Dublin and Belfast in August 2017.