I'm a bit taken aback by the negative reaction to this to be honest. I'd seen a stage finish of the Rás in Tramore when I was a kid, and I knew Seán Kelly grew up nearby (although I was too young to appreciate his achievements in his heyday), but the excitement of seeing the fittest people in the world fly past me on the quay in Waterford during that infamous 1998 Tour, on the same roads I walked up and down every day, was what really kickstarted my cycling fandom, and is something that'll stay with me for the rest of my life.
The Tour de France is the de facto World Cup/Champion's league of cycling (the World Championships and Olympics being a crapshoot) and as such such is bigger than just the nation of France, and can and has taken in trips to other countries without diluting its identity in any way. Similarly, I see the increasing number of Giro stages outside Italy as a positive sign of it being more than just an Italian event, and part of a return to greater parity with the Tour after a definite drop in prestige during the monobollock years.
Mad Elephant Man, I'll at least give you credit for consistency as you raised the same objections when it was announced that Yorkshire was getting the Tour start.
And who wants to ride in the rain and colder than already is in Italy?
Late May is generally the nicest time of the year in Ireland - people call it exam weather as schoolkids/students have to study for/do exams during what is often the only decent bit of sun all year. And if it did rain, so what? You won't melt, unless you're Jan Ullrich. No matter how bad it is it'll still be a hell of a lot warmer than last year's penultimate stage finish on the Stelvio.
Everybody wants to milk the Sky cow.
I'm not sure what point you're making here? Considering the state of the economy both sides of the border, there won't be much milk to be had.
I am from US and Giro does not belong here. Giro does not belong in Ireland either. If UCI want race there create a one week Tour of Ireland and make the teams go there.
The Rás is an 8 day stage race and has been run since the 50's. The Tour of Ireland (for a while the Nissan Classic - check out some clips on YouTube) was another 8 day stage race that started in the 50's but is no longer run. Neither is the same as having a Grand Tour come to town.