Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Michael Ring have announced Sports Council backing for a number of Gathering sporting events including the IFDS World Championships and the Laser European Championships.

The ISA made funding submissions for a number of events and both the IFDS Worlds and Laser Europeans were among only seven events selected to be part of the Gathering. 

The Irish Sports Council has allocated grants totalling €181,000 to sailing, cricket, athletics, badminton, American Football and bowling to host events in 2013 that will bring visitors to the country.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said "Sport events are a key part of the Gathering Ireland. Sports clubs, teams and organisations throughout Ireland have really embraced the year-long celebrations. This new programme of events complements the calendar of Irish sporting events already organised and gives us a great opportunity to showcase Ireland to new audiences".
Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council said “Irish sport is delighted to make its contribution to the Gathering. Sport makes a contribution to tourism every year through golf, outdoor recreation and many major events and our sports people have done so much to enhance the country’s reputation in recent years. We were delighted with the response to our programme for the Gathering and with the quality of the events that will be supported”. 
IFDS World Championships

The IFDS World Championship from 20th-30th August will bring sailors with disabilities together in Kinsale, Co. Cork for 10 days from all corners of the world. Up to 150 competitors are expected to attend this event along with coaching staff, support teams and families and friends. Competitors will travel from more than 20 countries and all continents. These include USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, Czech Republic, Russia, France, etc.  John Twomey, Irish Paralympian sailor and current IFDS President has been promoting the event overseas and in his hometown.  
Laser European Championships
With Annalise Murphy achieving 4th at London 2012 and Ireland’s Academy sailors finishing 1st, 2nd, 4th & 8th at the Europa Cup in Italy in March of this year, the profile of Irish laser sailing has never been higher. Following the IFDS World Championship, the European and World Laser Championships will be held in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin from 30th August to 6th September. This event invites not just competitors but their families and friends also to “come for the event, stay for the Gathering". 
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