Excitement is building with the Giro d’Italia only days away and Dundalk has definitely proved its embracing this world famous race. The sporting event of the decade is due to pass through town on May 11th and the people of Dundalk are committed to showcasing our town in the best possible way to the world’s media. With a global television audience of 775 million people, all eyes will be on us and it’s fantastic to see businesses all over town have welcomed the race by painting and decorating their premises in the Giro’s signature pink colour.
Dundalk is a designated stop for the Giro caravan carnival which will prelude the race and entertain the crowds including handing out free goodies. Other exciting events which will take place on the day include a cycling time trial competition on the Market Square hosted by Halfords Dundalk who is sponsoring a top of the range bike worth €800. Keep an eye out for the street performers who will entertain the crowds as they await the race, and there will be lots of fun for younger cycling enthusiasts, including free face painters who will be joining in the carnival atmosphere.
Everybody who is coming out to see the Giro cyclists are encouraged to do so as early as possible on the day to get the best viewing point, wear pink and bring town, club and county flags to ensure Dundalk is awash with colour. Many of the businesses across Dundalk are opening especially to join the celebrations. Details on road closures can be found on Louth County Councils website.
In recognition of the commitment of the local people getting into the Giro spirit, of Dundalk Town Council have announced free parking in Dundalk on Saturday the 10th of May. Sinead Roche & Fiona Cunningham of Dundalk BIDs & Tourist Office would like to thank the hundreds of people who have got in-touch and got involved in ‘Giro d’Dundalk’. Your enthusiasm, commitment and creativity will help put Dundalk on the map for similar opportunities in the future.