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IRFU keen to showcase home of Irish Rugby during ESSMA Summit 2018

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the governing body of rugby in Ireland. Lansdowne Road (previous stadium) has been involved at ESSMA since 1996. ESSMA interviewed Operations Manager Declan O’Brien, who joined ESSMA with the IRFU in 1999 and became a board member later in 2001-2002. 

Can you explain since when you’re working with ESSMA and how you feel about the ESSMA Summit coming to Dublin?

I came on board at the IRFU in 1999 and I became a board member in 2001-2002.

We’re really happy to host the summit in Dublin this year. We’re really looking forward to it and the attendants will see a beautiful stadium, host to a well-organised event in a great city.

Why should ESSMA members, clubs, stadium-, leagues and FA members come to Dublin, to AVIVA Stadium, to the ESSMA Summit?

The ESSMA Summit is the most important event held by ESSMA throughout the year. It is a great networking opportunity for people to meet other stadiums throughout Europe and to discuss problems that are similar in all stadiums. And it is a great opportunity for people to come to Dublin.

What can the IRFU and AVIVA Stadium bring to the people that are participating to the ESSMA Summit? What can Ireland showcase?

What you see is what you get: a wonderful stadium, home to Irish football and Irish rugby. It hosts about 20 events a year, so it is a heavily used stadium. We are really happy that we have such a venue, which has a capacity of 50.000, and we are looking forward to hosting the ESSMA Summit.

What do you think about the growth of the ESSMA Summit? How did it change over the last years?

The first Summit was held in Munich about four years ago. Since then it has grown exponentially each year. Last year we had a great Summit in Lyon and the year before that we had another great summit in Bilbao. Hopefully the AVIVA Stadium will be the best yet and we are really looking forward to it. We really hope it will provide a great venue for the event.

ESSMA members should join the ESSMA Summit in Dublin because it is the most important event held by ESSMA throughout the year. It is a great networking opportunity for people to meet other stadiums throughout Europe and to discuss problems that are similar in all stadiums. Next to this it’s also the ideal opportunity to smell the taste of Dublin, a fantastic city.