Mini scene news
Irish event moves to new venue in County Mayo.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.