The Giro is one of the world's largest cycling races hosting 200 elite cyclists from over 30 countries around the globe and it's coming right to your door step. 

Hosting this epic spectacle on the final day of the Northern Ireland stages provides a massive opportunity to profile Armagh city and the towns and villages along the race route. The race will start from the Mall on Sunday 11 May. 

In advance of the big start from the Mall, cyclists will make their way through Armagh's historic city streets as part of a “mini trial”, departing from the Shambles through Dawson Street, Irish Street, Ogle Street, Thomas Street, Market Street, Russell Street, convening at the Mall for the Grand start.

The race will make its way through the towns, villages and town lands of Armagh and County Armagh on route to Dublin.  Armagh City and District Council wish to create a positive image of Armagh to the world and encourage communities from the towns and villages along the race route to come together and create welcoming and attractive displays to support this unique racing event on our shores.

Sports Clubs Funding

Armagh Sports Forum is delighted to see the Giro d'Italia coming to Armagh, we firmly believe it will not only promote cycling locally but it will encourage the community to get involved in sport.  With this in mind Armagh Sports Forum wishes to utilise the Giro as the focal point of a SportsFest programme which will take place between the 2 nd - 18 th May 2014.

Armagh Sports Forum is seeking applications for sporting events i.e competitions, conferences, ‘come and try it', galas etc to be arranged between 2nd to 18th May 2014. If your sporting organisation is interested please complete a ‘General Grant' application and submit before 14th March 2014.  The criteria for up to a maximum grant of £300 is outlined within the application form.
For more information contact Sports Development on 028 3752 9636.

Community Funding for Dressing the route

Get your community on board with the biggest sporting event of 2014 as the Giro ‘Italia comes to Armagh on Sunday 11 May 2014.

Six areas have been identified along the race route namely: Loughgall, Kilmore, Richhill, Hamiltonsbawn, Markethill and Keady.  Community groups and organisations working alongside schools and businesses in these areas are welcomed to apply for funding to create unique and welcoming displays that showcase each area as a vibrant, confident, celebratory, welcoming and inclusive place to visit. The Giro d'Italia is an excellent opportunity to showcase your area to a global audience and welcome the many tourists and visitors supporting the event.

Displays need to be ready for race day on Sunday 11 May however PR for the event is likely to take place 7 days prior to the event.  If your display is sustainable you might like to have it ready a week before the event to ensure you achieve maximum publicity for your display and community. Think of site specific ways of dressing your area that will turn heads and cameras. The more innovative your display the more opportunity your area will have in picking up media coverage.

Only one application from each area will be accepted, therefore groups and organisations are encouraged to work together in partnership.

Information Evening – Wednesday 12 March from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

To find out more about how you and your community can get involved in dressing your area as part of the ‘Big Start' an information evening will take place on Wednesday 12 March from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre Armagh.

If you would like to read more please click on the link below: http://www.armagh.gov.uk/giro