Rugby in Ireland
Dublin is the rugby center and capitol of Ireland. It’s the home of the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the city where Dublin University students formed the first Rugby Football Club in 1854. Rugby officially began in Ireland in the 1870's when players came together to form the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). Since then, thousands of international rugby matches and tournaments have occurred in the Aviva Stadium including matches in the Six Nations Championship, the Guinness Series, the Rugby World Cup, and more. Ireland has talent and passion for rugby, and they have certainly been practicing.
While rugby is one of the major sports in the United Kingdom, Gaelic sports (GAA), especially Gaelic Football, is very popular in Ireland as well. One of the unique opportunities for a rugby team in Dublin is taking a class on how to play traditional Irish games including Gaelic Football, Hurling, and Gaelic Handball. Along with earning some caps playing international games, Ireland's capital offers the opportunity to learn new skills and bond with the famously amiable locals over their favorite sports.
For many Americans with Irish ancestry, a trip to Ireland is like a trip to the homeland. For others, visiting the dynamic sites of Ireland and learning about the dramatic history and rich culture of the island peaks their interests. Among Ireland’s lush, green hills are ancient castles, hearty meals, and friendly locals. Ireland has a memorable variety of castles because of the country's history with England. When England came to forcibly settle Ireland, they built castles to protect the British citizens from Irish natives. As a result, many of the castles in Ireland were built by England. In retaliation, the Irishmen constructed their own castles to better fight against the British invaders. An adventure of Ireland will bring you closer to this fascinating Irish history and famous sites such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Cliffs of Moher, the Belfast Castle, and the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Experience the haunting, beautiful landscapes and the inspiring history of Ireland while participating in the Irish passion for rugby.
Dublin City Tour
AM: In a city as diverse as Dublin, there is something for everyone. Begin the guided tour with a visit to some popular historic sites including St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College (Book of Kells). Next we'll see Dublin Castle and the remnants of Dublin's earliest inhabitants, the Vikings.
PM: Have the opportunity to pursue your personal interests in the city: shop on Grafton Street, explore the atmospheric Temple Bar district, or take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Cap off the group visit to Dublin with a late afternoon friendly match.
(Sleep in Dublin)
AM: In the morning, learn to play traditional Irish, Gaelic, games with an expert while experiencing more of Dublin. Find your the perfect eatery for lunch during some free time to discover for yourself why Dublin is a world-class destination.
PM: Attend an exciting rugby match at the Aviva Stadium in the evening and indulge in the lively nightlife of Dublin after the match.
(Sleep in Dublin)
AM: Following the Irish coast, we'll drive through many pretty villages until reaching the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above sea level and highlight magnificent, lush landscape.
PM: After spending the morning at the Cliffs, we'll head inland to discover the Burren, a unique geographical treasure and protected National Park.
(Sleep in Galway)
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