Inter-Provincial 2013; Information

Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) is pleased to announce details of the 41st Deaf Men Football & 12th Basketball Inter Provincial Championships which will be held in Belfast this year on the weekend of 29th – 31st March 2013. All of the facilities are top-class. Please note that the Men’s Football tournament will commence on the Friday night under floodlights at Crusaders superb Seaview Stadium.

Belfast:

Belfast is the capital, and largest city, of Northern Ireland. free from the political violence of former years, and through economic and commercial growth, Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years,

Frommer’s, the American travel guidebook series, listed Belfast as the only United Kingdom destination in its Top 12 Destinations to Visit in 2009. In the 2001 Census the population within the city limits (the Belfast Urban Area) was 276,459.

From the Victorian Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city to the heights of Cave Hill Country Park, the great expanse of Lagan Valley Regional Park to Colin Glen, Belfast contains an abundance of parkland and forest parks.

The ornately decorated Crown Liquor Saloon, designed by Joseph Anderson in 1876, in Great Victoria Street was made internationally famous as the setting for the classic film, Odd Man Out, starring James Mason. The restaurant panels in the Crown Bar were originally made for Britannic, the sister ship of the Titanic, built in Belfast. Including the Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey Arena, Belfast has several venues for performing arts. The architecture of the Grand Opera House has an oriental theme and was completed in 1895.

 

Location-Transport-Access

Situated at the mouth of the river Lagan, and between Newtownabbey and Lisburn, Belfast is roughly a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Dublin along the M1.

Iarnrod Eireann offers a train link from Dublin to Belfast, whilst Bus Eireann provide a Bus service between the cities. Within the City of Belfast itself, a bus service for the city proper and the nearer suburbs are operated by Translink Metro.

 

Tourism

The Belfast City Council is currently investing into the complete redevelopment of the Titanic Quarter, which is planned to consist of apartments, hotels and a riverside entertainment district. A major visitor attraction; Titanic Belfast, opened on the 31st of March 2012. They also hope to invest in a new modern transport system (high-speed rail and others) for Belfast, with a cost of £250 million. There is also a large tourist information centre located at Donegall Place.

As well as over 40 parks and woodlands, there are a number of tourism opportunities to choose from, such as: Crumlin Road Gaol,  Titanic Public Art, the Belfast-Bred Food tour and Castlecourt Shopping Centre.

 

Accommodation

The official hotel for this event is the fantastic 5* Hilton hotel (4 Lanyon place Belfast BT1 3LP). Working with UDSC and Belfast City Council, DSI has secured a great offer of half-price accommodation for players and officials.

We can offer a special Bed and Breakfast deal of 54 euro per room per-night. This works out at 27 euro per person sharing which is remarkably cheap for 5* accommodation and breakfast. This offer can only be booked through DSI and payment must be made in advance. For further Details contact Paul Ryder (admin@deafsportsireland.com) or Donal Desmond (treasurer@deafsportsireland.com).

The hotel is a 2 minute walk from Central train station (where trains arrive from Dublin) and there will be free transport from the hotel to the football pitches/basketball courts, all of which are within a 5 minute drive from the hotel. Free car-parking will be available a short distance from the hotel.

 

Sports & Leisure

Watching and playing sports is an important part of Belfast culture. Belfast has several notable sports teams playing a diverse variety of sports including Gaelic games, rugby, cricket, football and ice hockey. The Belfast Marathon is run annually on May Day, and attracted 20,000 participants in 2011. Belfast is also home to over twenty football and hurling clubs.

Belfast was the home town of Manchester United legend George Best who died in November 2005. On the day he was buried in the city, 100,000 people lined the route from his home on the Cregagh Road to Roselawn cemetery. Since his death the City Airport was named after him and a trust has been set up to fund a memorial to him in the city centre.

Ice hockey is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular sports mainly down to it being home to one of the biggest British clubs, the Belfast Giants. The Giants were founded in 2000 and play their games at the 9500 capacity Odyssey Arena. The Giants play in the 10 team professional Elite Ice Hockey League which is the top league in Britain.