2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start IRELAND.

What started as a dream in 2009, became a reality when Darach successfully put together a bid to start the Giro d’Italia in Belfast and Dublin which was a huge success in May 2014.

The event had never started off the continent of Europe in its 100+ year history, so this was very much a new challenge.

Working at Prime Minister level with both the Irish and Northern Irish Governments, a plan was put in place to start the event in Belfast and finish the third stage in Dublin before the race entourage returned to Italy. The two Governments and the public in Ireland embraced the event and the race organisers, RCS Sport, declared it was the best Big Start ever.