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Flag is raised to mark IRONMAN Ireland Cork — First Published 8.03.2019

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, has raised the IRONMAN Ireland Cork flag in Youghal marking Ireland’s first ever full IRONMAN race with preparations well underway for both organisers and athletes
The flag raising coincided with a visit from a delegation from Tenby Wales who are in their ninth year of the IRONMAN event.  The Tenby delegation met with the local organising committee and also with business interests in Youghal to share their experiences of IRONMAN, Pembrokeshire, Wales, giving valuable insight into the running of this highly anticipated event.  The inaugural race will take place on June 23rd 2019.

2670 athletes from 62 different countries will compete with 55% of all participants travelling from overseas.  The field will feature the highest contingent of USA athletes, at 550, for any 2019 IRONMAN European race thus far, with 21% coming from across the Atlantic. Athletes will also be coming from countries such as Spain, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Barbados, giving the race a truly-international feel.  The event is also set to give an estimated €8 million economic boost to the local economy.

Speaking of the plans to date, Mayor Murphy highlighted the tremendous community buy in to the event, “I am in no doubt that East Cork will give athletes and visitors to the event in June the “Cead Mile Failte” welcome.   With Cork centre stage at one of the most prestigious sporting competitions in the world and Youghal at the heart of the action we all want IRONMAN Cork to be an amazing spectacle.”

Marc Owen of Pembrokeshire County Council also credited the input of Cork County Council and the local organising committee on the work they have undertaken to date in preparing for the event.  He particularly commended the joint Council and IRONMAN “town hall” meetings with communities in Youghal, Ballymacoda and Cloyne which have taken place noting that further such meetings in the other communities are planned for the coming weeks.

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A Sell Out For The First Ever IRONMAN Ireland, Cork.          First  Published 27 11 2018

IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, today announced that registrations for IRONMAN Ireland, Cork 2019 are now sold out.  Next year’s inaugural race will see 2,650 athletes take to the start line in Youghal, Co. Cork on June 23, 2019, making it the largest ever field for any triathlon in Ireland.

Athletes from 62 different countries will compete in Ireland’s first ever IRONMAN race, with 55% of all participants descending on the Emerald Isle from overseas. What’s more, the field will feature the highest contingent of USA athletes for any 2019 IRONMAN European race thus far, with 21% coming from across the Atlantic. Athletes will also be coming from countries such as Spain, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Barbados, giving the race a truly-international feel.

“IRONMAN IRELAND gives the opportunity to promote not just East Cork but all that Cork has to offer. IRONMAN will showcase all that is great about Cork, our beautiful beaches, historic towns and world-renowned hospitality to a world-wide audience.  But it will also be an example of our unique community spirit.  IRONMAN is an international event but it is also a community event with hundreds of volunteers being a part of this experience.  IRONMAN celebrates every athlete equally and it is this spirit that will make this event so special.  It will demonstrate how we can work together, from businesses to emergency services to make this event a success for everyone and for everyone to feel a part of.  This will be an event that invests in both people and place and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience.” noted Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy.

“Cork County Council is particularly proud to join forces with IRONMAN and bring Ireland’s first full IRONMAN to Ireland and to Cork.  This has been one of their fastest selling events with global appeal.  We will welcome competitors from all over the world bringing an estimated €8 million economic boost to the local economy. In fact, this race will feature more US athletes than any other European IRONMAN in 2019.  Cork will be centre stage at one of the most prestigious worldwide sporting competitions with Youghal at the heart of the action.  This is another example of how investment in East Cork is bringing real benefits to communities and businesses.” said Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council.

The race will get underway with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim with a rolling start from the golden and sandy Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, with a two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course lying in wait. Beginning in the centre of Youghal town, athletes will take on the challenge of climbing up the famous Windmill Hill twice, which undoubtedly will also become a spectator hotspot.

The athletes will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with magnificent sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour. This breathtaking course goes around County Cork, into the town of Midleton (home to the famous Jameson Distillery) and will rise to a maximum elevation of 190m above the town before a technical drop back into Youghal. After tackling the bike course, the participants will embark on the 42km (26.2-mile) run course, the highlight of this new event. This will be a flat four-lap run course through the centre of the historical town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the iconic IRONMAN finishing arch  at Green Park.

Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Declan Byrne said “After a successful launch in June of this year with our partners in Cork County Council, we are delighted that the inaugural IRONMAN in Ireland has captured the imagination of the triathlon community from all over the world by selling out so quickly.  We look forward to creating a truly iconic race on the IRONMAN global calendar and delivering an exceptional athlete experience in Youghal, Co. Cork in June 2019.  This race will truly complement our existing 70.3 event in Dun Laoghaire creating a unique race series in Ireland”

IRONMAN Ireland, Cork offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.

For more information on the IRONMAN Ireland, Cork, visit www.ironman.com/ireland.

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What a catch – IRONMAN landed in Youghal 2019      First published 06.06.2018

IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced the addition of its first full distance event in Ireland, IRONMAN®Ireland, Cork. The inaugural race will take place on June 23, 2019.

“IRONMAN” is an incredibly prestigious sporting competition held in locations throughout the world. Now, for the first time in Ireland, Cork will host a full-distance IRONMAN competition starting in 2019. Youghal will be centre stage for the next three years as we showcase our beautiful beaches, historic towns and world-renowned hospitality to a world-wide audience. I am delighted to welcome IRONMAN to Cork,” said Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork.

The race will be held in Youghal, Co. Cork which is located approximately 45 minutes west of Cork city and Cork International Airport. Youghal is a coastal fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland and a fortified seaport since the fifth century. It is also Ireland’s second oldest town. Cork International Airport offers direct transatlantic services in addition to its extensive European access routes, along with modern motorway access from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin (2-hour drive). Youghal is perfectly situated to stage an iconic triathlon.

The race will get underway with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim with a rolling start from the golden and sandy Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, that gently shelves into the Celtic Sea. This is within walking distance of Youghal Town.

A two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course is next. Starting off through the centre of Youghal town, cyclists will take on the challenge off climbing up the famous Windmill Hill twice, which undoubtedly will also become a spectator hotspot. The cyclists will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with magnificent sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour. This breathtaking course goes around County Cork, into the town of Midleton (home to the famous Jameson Distillery) and will rise to a max elevation of 190m above Midleton before a technical drop back into Youghal.

The 42km (26.2-mile) run course will be the highlight of this event. This will be a flat four lap run course through the centre of the historical town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the IRONMAN finishing arch in Market Square.

Speaking about the event, Tim Lucey, Chief Executive Cork County Council said: “Cork County Council is especially proud to join forces with IRONMAN which will bring an economic boost estimated to be over seven million Euro to the local economy. But the impact is much more than that; we have the opportunity to promote East Cork but go even further into all that Cork has to offer. We will showcase sport but most importantly of all, we will showcase community spirit. This will be an event that invests in both people and place and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience.”

“It has always been our goal to establish a full-distance event in Ireland. Now, building on the success of IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire we are excited to add IRONMAN Ireland, Cork,” said Oliver Schieck, Regional Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland. “This race is a remarkable combination of a stunning race course with a beautiful landscape as a backdrop. We are looking forward to welcoming Irish and international athletes to the inaugural edition in June 2019.”

The 2019 IRONMAN Ireland, Cork, will be a qualifier for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

General registration for IRONMAN Ireland, Cork will open on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at www.ironman.com/ireland<http://scanmail.trustwave.com/…. Athlete inquiries may be directed to [email protected] – mailto:[email protected]

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