‘Try’ Time in Kinsale this May Bank Holiday at the Heineken Rugby Sevens

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The May Bank Holiday is fast approaching, and with it comes a plethora of events nationwide. Among the most beloved and eagerly anticipated is the Heineken Kinsale Rugby Sevens.

Kinsale Town:

Nestled in Cork, the picturesque and historically rich town of Kinsale offers excellent hotel and guesthouse accommodations, particularly tailored to sports enthusiasts and history buffs, as well as those who enjoy great food. With numerous pubs to unwind in during the evenings and two vibrant nightclubs, Kinsale ensures a lively atmosphere. Conveniently accessible by both sea and air, with Cork International Airport just 15km away boasting connections to major cities in Europe, and Cork Harbour, a mere 14km, providing sea-ferry links to the UK and France.

History of the Event:

Now celebrating its 36th year, the Heineken Kinsale Rugby Sevens draws teams from near and far to showcase their talents in an exciting array of matches.

The Festival Venue:

Spread across multiple pitches, the tournament hosts over 100 matches meticulously scheduled to ensure punctuality. Refereeing support is provided by the IRFU Munster Association of Referees.

The Tent:

While May bank holiday weekend often sees warm sunshine, precautionary measures have been taken with ‘off-pitch’ facilities, all under cover. The Main Marquee serves as the epicentre, housing a central bar and offering music from midday till around 8pm. The Food Hall, another sizable tent, provides seating for meals, including the player’s lunch included in the entry fee, or selections from the diverse array of food vendors on-site, catering to all tastes and dietary preferences.

The Wristbands:

Entry to the event, including for players, requires wearing an entry wristband. Upon arrival, attendees must provide their name, address, and contact details to obtain their wristband. All tickets must be purchased online, with wristbands available for collection upon entrance. Gates open from 3pm to 5.30pm on Friday and 10.00am to 5.30pm on Saturday & Sunday, with the venue closing at 9pm. Last entry is at 5.30pm. Weekend passes are available from €50.00 and day passes for €35.00.

The Entertainment:

Top-tier musical entertainment awaits patrons throughout the weekend in the expansive marquee on-site, culminating in a farewell gig party on Sunday afternoon. A regular shuttle bus service operates between Kinsale town and the Rugby Club, covering the two-mile journey. Extensive free parking is also provided at the Club for attendees.

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