Ireland to Host 2020 Olymipics!

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Published on March 02, 2018 with

Press Statement

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport



Following my failed attempt to broker a peace settlement between North Korea and the USA, and as the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be in France, I have now decided we will host the Winter Olympics in Ireland in 2020. With my experience of guiding transport and traffic during the current freeze-up, I am confident this will be a very successful event in two years’ time.  And what a boost it will be for tourism!

I am also confident that his will be ‘third time lucky’ for me as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. You see, I have 20/20 vision and plan to organise sufficient snow and ice to enable all competitors to achieve their ambition of winning a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

We have all the required facilities in south Dublin and north Wicklow:

  • The Sugarloaf will be an ideal venue for the downhill slides, including new competitions for boys and girls under 7 years of age
  • The length of the Kilternan ski slopes will be doubled to cater especially for competitors from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Siberia, The Rockies and Andes Mountains
  • The N11 will be closed from Loughlinstown to Kilmacanogue for three weeks in advance of the Olympics so that the motorway can be frozen for the ice-skating events, and for three weeks after the closing ceremony to allow the ice to melt
  • Cross country events will tak/e place between Glencullen and Glendalough
  • Snowboarding will be from the Sally Gap to the Wicklow Gap and many other in the Wicklow Mountains
  • The marathon ski event will be held on Wicklow Way

General information

I have already established a special advisory team to plan the 2020 Winter Olympics and they will have the bones of the timetable by Halloween of this year.

Accommodation will be provided for all non-nationals in the old 19th century barracks in Glencree. The Government now invites the winners of the main events in the recent Winter Olympics to seek Irish citizenship so that they can compete for Ireland in 2020.

Finally, all venues will be accessible from my home in Enniskerry – by helicopter.