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2019 Union Cup – What You Need To Know

The Union Cup 2019 takes place in Dublin this weekend ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

The Union Cup 2019 takes place in Dublin this weekend ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

The 2019 Union Cup promises to be a fun filled festival of inclusive rugby in DCU this weekend. Here’s our guide to what to expect.

What Is It?

The Union Cup is Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament. The two-day festival of rugby will be held on June 8-9, with an expected 45 teams from 15 countries to participate, making it the biggest Union Cup to date.

Union Cup Dublin will host a dedicated Women’s tournament for the first time, with teams competing for the Anne Louise Gilligan Cup.


The tournament is taking place at Dublin’s DCU sports campus across five pitches.


Limited tickets are available from www.unioncupdublin.ie and are priced at €10 for adult tickets and €5 for children (under-2s go free), and profits go to Belong To LGBT youth services.

What Else?

The Supporters Village will have music, food and drink options. Supporters can expect lots of family fun including a family rave at midday on Saturday.

Key Times

Festival Village & Fanzone

Saturday, June 8 –

12pm: Family Fave  at the Festival Village
1.30-3pm: Rugby Rodeo and Fanzone at the Vodafone Tent
3-4.30pm: Emerald City Party at the Bank of Ireland Tent
4.30-6pm: Photos at Guinness Union Cup gates at the Guinness Tent

Sunday, June 9 –

1.30pm: Ann Louise Gilligan Cup (first ever Women’s Union Cup event)
4.30pm: Union Cup Final – refereed by Nigel Owens
7.15pm: Union Cup Awards Ceremony – pitchside


It’s set to be a showery weekend, but you can’t have a rainbow without the rain! Come prepared for the changing June weather and don’t let the rain dampen your spirits.

More Information

All up-to-date information and fixtures can be found at www.unioncupdublin.ie.

Getting There

The DCU Sports Campus is based on Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, and is well serviced by Dublin Bus.

Bus Stop No. 28 stopping outside the gates – Routes serving this stop are:
11 towards Wadelai Park; 13 towards Harristown; 155 towards IKEA (Ballymun); 4 towards Harristown; 70D towards DCU; 9 towards Charlestown.

And Bus Stop No. 38 across the road – Routes serving this stop are:
11 towards Sandyford Business District; 13 towards Grange Castle; 155 towards Bray Rail Station; 4 towards Monkstown Avenue; 70D towards Dunboyne; 9 towards Limekiln Avenue.

If you’re travelling by car you can use the DCU car park free of charge for the weekend which is a three-minute walk to the festival site.