East Cork is in for bo­nanza as ath­letes book in for Iron­man

Irish Examiner - County - - News - ChristylParker

Youghal and neigh­bour­ing towns re­main on course for an ac­com­mo­da­tion bo­nanza next sum­mer as regis­tra­tion for Youghal’s Iron­man Cork triathlon edges nearer to sell­out.

An an­tic­i­pated 2,500 ath­letes are ex­pected to com­pete in what will be Ire­land’s first full Iron­man chal­lenge with the vast ma­jor­ity reg­is­tered, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man, John Innes.

With each ath­lete ex­pected to be ac­com­pa­nied on av­er­age by three fur­ther in­di­vid­u­als, the re­gion can ex­pect a mas­sive in­flux for the June 23 event. Mr Innes said: “Book­ings, so far, are reach­ing as far as Kin­sale and into Dun­gar­van and west Water­ford.”

Aileen Murray of Youghal So­cio-Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Group (YSEDG) which is help­ing or­gan­is­ers to man­age the ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vices said there has been a mas­sive in­ter­est from the USA. “Much of it is down the di­as­pora ef­fect”, she says. “Many Amer­i­cans are mak­ing a con­nec­tion to Ire­land gen­er­ally. In com­par­i­son to vis­i­tors from within Ire­land, for ex­am­ple, they would be plan­ning longer stays.” Ho­tels, B+Bs and g

ex­pect to be fully booked out, while YSEDG is help­ing home­own­ers to rent out homes and rooms as well.

“Any­one wish­ing to regis­ter their prop­erty is asked to meet a check­list to en­sure min­i­mum stan­dards and prices be­fore be­ing added to a con­tact list,” Ms Murray ex­plains.

De­tail of how to regis­ter are avail­able at www.youghal.ie. The site con­tains guide­lines on rental fees per week, rang­ing from €500 for a one-bed house/apart­ment to €900 + for a 5-bed house. Rooms are rec­om­mended from €50 for a sin­gle to €120 for a triple room.

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