Current Status of Curling In Ireland

Re-establishing curling in Ireland is a primary goal of the ICA. Here is an overview of the current status of curling in Ireland.

Curling is an amazing sport and well worth trying, but it is difficult so far for folk in Ireland, due to lack of facilities. However we are constantly looking for opportunities to create curling facilities in new and existing ice rinks.

Liffey Valley, Dublin

Liffey-Valley-Plaza-NIGHTThe most exciting news this season (Feb 2016) has been the potential to have curling ice in Ireland at a proposed new development in Liffey Valley, Dublin.

The project developers have involved the ICA, the IIHA (ice hockey) and ice skating (ISAI) at all stages of the process.

The project is big – a million square feet, including an Olympic sized ice pad and is presently at the planning application stage. It is expected that the planning application will take 9-13 months. If planning is granted, there is a real possibility that permanent curling ice in Ireland could happen by 2020. We live in hope as this is a core objective of the ICA and is fundamental to securing the long term future and development of the Irish Curling Association.

Dundalk and Dundonald, Belfast

The two permanent ice rinks in Ireland (Dundalk Ice Bowl and Dundonald Ice Bowl, in Belfast) say they are “too busy” for curling, though we have tried to persuade them.

The Dundalk Ice Dome facility at Dundalk Retail Park on the Inner Relief Road has been lying idle since closing its doors in May 2010.

Temporary Ice Rinks

There has also been curling on various temporary ice rinks in Cork and Dublin at Christmas time.

Scotland

Another option is coming over to Scotland – there’s a curling rink beside the ferry terminal at The North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer where you can plan a day out for eight people.

Please help ….

To help us you can lobby your local ice rink and let them know there is a real interest in the sport in Ireland.