THE Tralee International Children’s Games committee is planning on making a bid to bring the games to Kerry and Limerick in 2020.
Secretary of Tralee ICG, Mike Culloty, met with the Council recently to look for support in bringing the games to the county. Tralee ICG intends to bid for the games with University of Limerick as a base and possibility of bringing some elements (possibly gaelic football and golf) of the games to Kerry.
They are seeking support from Kerry and Limerick County Councils on the bid and must send a letter of intent to the organisers of the games by the end of February.
Around 1,500 teenagers take part in the games every year and adding coaches, delegates and family members, this number swells to over 3,000. While the games take place over five days, many make it a family holiday and the tourism benefits for the Kerry/Limerick region would be huge.
If successful in their bid, the Tralee/Limerick hosts can invite a number of towns and cities in Ireland and/or cities in the US or UK with strong Irish communities which could especially contribute to the gaelic games event, which can be introduced as a demonstration sport by the host city.
The President, Vice-President and Secretary of the International Children’s Games visited the facilities in Limerick in November and were very impressed by what they saw.
Tralee teams have taken part in the Games since 2005. The next games take place in Kaunas, Lithuania in July.