Ireland and the Inner West come together for Matildas’ first game

Monday 19 June 2023

The Consul General of the Republic of Ireland, Rosie Keane and Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne have agreed to partner in a major public screening of the Matildas first game of the World Cup against the Girls in Green (Irish: Na cailíní i nglas).

Following the huge success of the Inner West’s screening of Socceroos World Cup games, the Council decided to broadcast Matildas games for the FIFA Women’s World Cup at multiple locations throughout the Inner West.

The Republic of Ireland V Matildas game will be on the big outdoor screen at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park at 8.00PM on Thursday July 20. It will be an event where Irish and Australian supporters and their families can come together and celebrate this historic moment in a fun and family friendly atmosphere.

Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne said, “This first ever World Cup to be held in Australia is a moment to celebrate and we want the Inner West Community to feel a part of this historic event.

“Australians want to come together to cheer on our Matildas and I’m sure Irish supporters want to do the same for the Girls in Green. So, the Consul General and I have agreed to co-host this fantastic event.’

Republic of Ireland Consul General, Rosie Keane said,  “This is the first time that the Republic of Ireland Women’s football team have qualified for the World Cup and it is so fitting that their first match will take place in Sydney, a city which so many Irish people call home.

“I am so thrilled to partner with Mayor Byrne and his team in the Inner West on this initiative, and I know that the many Irish supporters in the Inner West will be delighted to join in with their Australian friends and families in celebrating what is sure to be a fun, family friendly event!”


Council are continuing to screen World Cup matches throughout the tournament subject to the Matildas qualifying, and the grand final match will be screened regardless of whether the Matildas qualify or not. See this page for more details:

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 screenings – FAQs and more information

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