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