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Ir­ish event moves to new venue in County Mayo.

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The 2017 In­ter­na­tional Mini Meet­ing has a new lo­ca­tion. The or­gan­iser, Ir­ish Mini Own­ers Club, has opted to move the event from Pil­town in the south to County Mayo on the west­ern coast.

The event date re­mains May 25-29, but the venue will now be Westport House Es­tate, Westport. The move is said to be due to a re­duc­tion in planned camp­ing space ad­ja­cent to the Pil­town GAA Club and Iverk Show­grounds. “Grounds which were planned as camp­ing ground and in­te­gral to the suc­cess of the event, was sold in re­cent months,” an­nounced the or­gan­is­ing team on the IMM 2017 Face­book page. “De­spite many months of ne­go­ti­a­tions with the new own­ers, we were un­able to find a so­lu­tion to this im­passe. As a team, we looked at all pos­si­bil­i­ties to at­tain more land and use other sur­round­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Th­ese at­tempts proved fu­tile. The de­mand and in­ter­est in the event left us in a po­si­tion that the re­main­ing land would not cater for the event safely. This left us with two harsh re­al­i­ties: Can­cel the event or move to our al­ter­nate lo­ca­tion. Al­though this has caused sig­nif­i­cant dif­fi­cul­ties for all in­volved, we have se­cured a venue set in one of the best tourist towns/ ar­eas in the coun­try and with fa­cil­i­ties which were not pre­vi­ously avail­able to us.

“As you can imag­ine the last cou­ple of days have been hec­tic for the or­gan­is­ing team and we would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank ev­ery­body at Pil­town GAA Club and Iverk Show­grounds,” the or­gan­is­ers con­tin­ued. “Over the last three years we have made some good friends and with­out their ini­tial sup­port, the IMM 2017 Ire­land could never have been re­alised. We wish them ev­ery suc­cess in the fu­ture.”

The new lo­ca­tion will take around four hours to reach from the three Ir­ish ports, and may mean ac­com­mo­da­tion or trans­port changes for some at­ten­dees. “We sin­cerely apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused,” added the or­gan­is­ing team. “If you have any queries or ques­tions in re­la­tion to the re­lo­ca­tion of the event, please con­tact us.” E-mail tick­et­sales@imm2017.ie or info@ imm2017.ie for en­quiries, or visit imm2017.ie to pur­chase tick­ets.

Westport House - the new venue for the 2017 IMM. The IMOC at the 2016 event.

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