World Wallball for Limerick

University of Limerick has been announced as the host venue for the 2024 World Wallball Championships from August 18-23.

Formerly known as The World Handball Championships, the tournament will see more than 750 competitors from across the world battle it out on 10 newly constructed courts in one of Ireland’s leading indoor venues at the UL Sport Arena.

Wallball is the fastest-growing version of the sport of handball with a significant presence in mainland Europe, the UK and the United States. The triennial event is traditionally hosted in rotation by Ireland, the United States and Canada, with Australia also hosting the 1988 event. Ireland last hosted the competition in 2012.

Hosted at UL Sport and supported by UL Events, the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, Limerick City and County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the Munster Handball Council, next year’s event also coincides with the centenary of GAA Handball.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr. Gerald Mitchell said:

“This announcement is another huge win for Limerick and the Shannon Region. This six-day event will make a valuable contribution to the local economy. It helps to further enhance Limerick’s reputation as a sport tourism sport destination as we prepare for the hosting of The 2027 Ryder Cup in Adare.”

According to Karen Brosnahan, General Manager of the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau:

“Our goal is to attract business and sports tourism to The Shannon Region to help underpin services at Shannon Airport and deliver an economic impact to the tourism sector in the region. I want to acknowledge the role of ambassadors who are hugely important in sourcing and winning lucrative tourism business for the Shannon Region. Fáilte Ireland’s support for the region in bidding for international business also has been instrumental in securing this and other events.”

The World Wallball Championships take place in UL Arena from August 18-23, 2024, and will be followed by the 4-Wall (40x20) World Championships later in the year in Dublin, Kilkenny, Laois and Carlow.