Europe’s Biggest LGBTQI Inclusive Rugby Tournament, the Union Cup, is set to take place this June in Dublin, Ireland. The Biennial Event is hosted every 2 years between the Bingham Cup which is considered the World Cup of LGBTQI Rugby. For the first time, the Union Cup will also host a dedicated Women’s tournament and cup, called the Ann Louise Gilligan Cup.
Guinness painted the gates to their famous brewery to support the Union and Ann Louise Gilligan Cup and encourage people to attend the matches. The gates are visited by over two million tourists every year. Rory Sheridan, Head of Partnerships for Guinness stated…
“We are proud to support Union Cup Dublin as it celebrates the power of rugby to unite people, and we hope Guinness Gates encourage people to support the teams playing in June.
“The team at Guinness has championed inclusivity and diversity in rugby, values that are integral to GUINNESS as a brand, through a number of rugby partnerships.
“We collaborated with Gareth Thomas to tell his story in 2015, and we recently became the first commercial partner for the Women’s Six Nations. Union Cup Dublin will also spotlight inclusivity in the women’s game by hosting the first dedicated women’s tournament in Dublin, and we are delighted to continue to support women’s rugby.”
The Emerald Warriors, Dublin’s local LGBTQI inclusive rugby club are hosting the Union Cup this year, President and Union Cup Chair Richie Fagan shared…
“We are honoured to have a global brand such as Guinness stand in support of inclusive rugby, and to see the iconic gates painted in celebration of Union Cup Dublin is epic.
“It is so important for us that our partners like Guinness make this tournament possible, and we’re incredibly proud to showcase how Ireland does it to our 45 visiting teams. We invite Irish people, not just rugby fans, to do the same and come out to support and enjoy the Union Cup at DCU over the weekend.”
The motto for the 2019 Union Cup is #TryWithPride and the tournament is set to take place June 7th-9th. The gates will remain rainbow until June 10th where they will revert back to their traditional black.
Tickets to watch the Union Cup are available for 10 Euros and can be purchased at https://unioncupdublin.ie/