Monday, May 18, 2009

Public Big Screen Event for European Rugby Final a Must for Dublin City Council

The upcoming European Cup final between Leinster and Leicester is an ideal opportunity for Dublin City Council to initiate the long-awaited Big Screen Events for the Dublin public.

I have long advocated the Screening of big sporting events in public venues in Dublin to help engender a sense of pride in our city and to follow from the excellent example set by Limerick City Council who regularly screen important Munster rugby games on O'Connell Street in Limerick.

It would make perfect sense in my view, in economic terms and in 'feel-good' terms, for a large screen to be erected in one of our public spaces, for example St Stephens Green, and for the European Cup Final featuring Leinster to be shown in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Local businesses would appreciate the opportunity to benefit from passing trade, local rugby fans would enjoy the opportunity of watching the game in an atmospheric venue, and the City would benefit from celebrating the achievements of our gallant 'Boys in Blue'.

I am calling on Dublin City Council to investigate the possibility of taking on the responsibility of screening the game in conjunction with the City business associations for the good for the rugby fans in Dublin unable to attend the final, and for the benefit of sports fans generally.