This site was set up in 2003 as a joke but also to highlight one of the bizarre possible side effects of global warming. Since that time climate change has become a hot topic for all responsible governments. The site hasn't been updated much since 2003 and we would like to invite readers to send us links to articles of interest. Contact email@example.com
Congratulations to Milan–Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, chosen for the Winter Olympics in 2026 as announced on 24 June 2019.
Winter Olympics 2003!
This is the home page of the "Irish Bid For Winter Olympics 2026" as it was set up in 2003.
At that time we decided to create a website to promote the seemingly ridiculous prospect of holding the Winter Olympics in Ireland as a good way of highlighting the very serious issue of global warming.
We are shifting the emphasis of this site to the impact of global warming on Ireland but here is our original page for comparison.
Enjoy . . .
Irish Bid For
Winter Olympics 2026
Global warming - the paradox!
The world climate is changing and there is a distinct possibility that the climate in the west of Ireland is heading for a mini ice-age at some point in the not too distant future.
The following quotations are from an article in the Irish Independent on June 21st 2001
"Ireland's winter climate could become as cold as Moscow's. New evidence has raised fears that the warm Gulf Stream which dominates the Irish climate is beginning to lose its impact."
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"It would mean that a warmer world caused by the man-made emissions of greenhouse gases could paradoxically lead to a colder and more uncomfortable climate for Ireland."
For more information on this environmental issue please visit our "global warming section".
It is no good assuming it won't happen, preparations need to begin now. To this end a dedicated band of volunteers intend to show how the west of Ireland could cope with the holding of the Winter Olympics at some time in the future. They will put together a bid to hold the Winter Olympics in 2026 and this should give adequate time for the building of the necessary infrastucture. Should the climatic changes not have materialised by this time the application can be held for a later date.
Origin of the Idea
The kernel of this idea arose as a result of the bitter disappointment all over Ireland that the joint Ireland/Scotland bid for the 2008 European Soccer Championships failed. That event triggered the formation of a Winter Sports Steering Committee and a proposal was passed to bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026. An official sponsor is being sought so perhaps 20th Century Fox could donate some of the profits from "The Day After Tomorrow" to get us started.
Infrastructure and Requirements
There are a number of key ingredients needed to hold a successful winter olympics:
No problem if the trends in global warming and its effect on the West of Ireland climate come to pass! If not . . . . see our visualisation page.
It is anticipated that there would be a large number of visitors for the Winter Olympics and we have found a website which would be helpful in planning your trip to the west of Ireland. This site is available in English, French, German and Italian. Of course you don't have to wait until 2026 to visit Ireland! Check out the Ireland Accommodation site for information.
Getting to Ireland
Getting to Ireland and travelling within Ireland is very easy at present. However in the context of a mini ice-age many changes would have to be made to allow easy travel on snow covered roads.
These could be financed by local communites or the relevant county councils.
Many sports shops in Ireland already carry a stock of ski clothing, skis and boots. These shops will need to look into expanding their services to provide a ski, sticks and boots hire service and employ ski technicians to service them. They will also need to consider setting up new premises in the mountains where their services will be required.
Expertise will need to be sourced in other "ski countries" to train Irish ski instructors.
As can be seen above a great deal of preparation needs to be done if the Irish bid for the Winter Olympics 2026 is to have any chance of success.
We are developing a links page to cover items such as snow-ploughs, snow-mobiles, snow-chains, ski equipment, ski lifts, ski schools etc which would be of value for people living in the west of Ireland in planning the future.
See our "links section"
Winter Olympics 2026
| Winter Olympics 2026 | Visualisation | Global Warming | Links |
En Français --> | Olympiques d'Hiver de 2026 | Visualisation! |
In Italiano --> | Giochi Olimpici d'Inverno 2026 | Visualizzazione! |
Auf Deutsch --> | Winterolympiade 2026 | Veranschaulichung |