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  • Gaelic football

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Croke Park was named in honour of Archbishop Croke - one of the GAA's first patrons. Over the next 40 years Croke Park was developed as finances allowed. The Railway End, also known as Hill 16 was constructed from the rubble left in O'Connell Street after the 1916 rising. This is where most of the craic is and the cheapest tickets. The first Hogan...

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  • Gaelic Games

    Cork Sports & Outdoors

    The Cork gaelic football and hurling teams are known as the Rebels. Try to see a match if you can (although you may have to sell your Granny to get tickets for an All-Ireland match and they're always held in Croke Park in Dublin!) - especially hurling which is said to be the fastest field game in the world.

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  • Rugby

    Limerick Sports & Outdoors

    Limerick is known as the spiritual home of Irish Rugby and if you are in Limerick between September and April you should visit Thomand Park and catch a Munster Rugby game. Munster which is the provincial team representing the counties of Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Waterford and Tipperary and this team is the current European Rugby champions...

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  • Golf..

    Killarney Sports & Outdoors

    There are some great courses in and around Killarney. 3 coursesat Killarney golf & fishing club and the 1 in Beaufort are 18 hole. There are three 9 hole courses in the locality, the Ross, Castleross and the Gap of Dunloe. Wet gear!

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  • Golf.....

    Kinsale Sports & Outdoors

    Kinsale Golf Club is located on the outskirts of Kinsale in south Cork The club has two courses for your enjoyment. . To get to Farrangalway from Kinsale turn left at the White House and turn right at the following crossroads. Then right again and follow road for 3km to signposted left turn. From Kinsale Ringenane can be reached on the R600 north...

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  • Running and cycling

    Sligo Sports & Outdoors

    When i was in Sligo, i was staying at Rosses Point for some time. Because I was on a Budget travel on my Ireland Journey, me and J.I.M walked into town most days. But on the way, we saw Runners and Cyclers all the time. But then again, it is a great place to run. The roads are farely straight, and you pass lots of scenery just on the one long road!

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  • Hurling

    Kilkenny Sports & Outdoors

    this is one of the major championship hurling counties in ireland, for those who don't know what sport this is, it is the fastest land game in the world, played with a stick called a hurley this is traditionally made from ash timber. the ball is small and made from leather, this is called a Sliotar. the female version of the game is more or less...

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  • Pitch & Putt

    Dingle Sports & Outdoors

    Pitch and Putt is the small version of Golf so it's perfect for beginners (...like me! I had so much fun there ... and I turned out to be a real talent ;-) I really like how Golf is not treated as a posh sport in most parts of Ireland. Even little kids play it! And there's golf courses all over the shop... You can get clubs and balls there for a...

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  • Horse Racing

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Ireland is famous for its horse racing. We have 4 race courses near Dublin and two types of racing. Flat racing which runs from March to November and National hunt (jump racing) from November to to April. The four race courses are Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Punchestown and the Curragh. Leopardstown is easy to get to by by bus its about 7 miles from...

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  • Gaelic Games

    Limerick Sports & Outdoors

    GAA sports are played in the stadium. Limerick County Gaelic Football and Hurling teams home stadium. The stadium has recently been refurbished increasing the capacity to 50,000. I would highly recommend that you try to attend a game of Hurling if you are lucky enough to get tickets. Hurling is one of the fastest games in the world. If i am not...

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  • Sailing

    Kinsale Sports & Outdoors

    Well, I can't sail but I would reallly like to learn. On Saturday mornings in Kinsale if you are toiling up St John's Hill, you will frequently be stopped in your tracks by crowds of noisy, happy children all dressed in bright red life jackets and wetsuits. They are trooping down the hill to the pier from the Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre....

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  • Nowlan Park

    Kilkenny Sports & Outdoors

    Nowlan Park is the home of Kilkenny's GAA teams. In recent years it has hosted two big concerts - Paul Simon in 2002 and Bob Dylan the previous summer. After living in Kilkenny for 18 years, and never having the chance to see anything like this, it was just my luck that I was in New York for the Dylan gig.

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  • Hurling and Camogie

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Hurling is a field game played with a small leather stitched ball. The players carry's a long stick called a silotar. The ball may only be collected from the ground with the silotar and then may be carried or struck with the silotar. Protection gear is needed for the head. 15 a side which is the same for camogie, similar game but for women. Also...

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  • Swimming

    Limerick Sports & Outdoors

    You can also check out the 50-m pool in the University of Limerick on the Dublin road. I tried it out recently and it is absolutely fantastic - was knackered by the end of the session though as I am not used to a 50m. I'll definitely go back though. ?6 for a session and you can stay as long as you like. Flip-flops, bathing suit (of course!)...

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  • Hiking/ Walking/Jogging

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Glendalough means the valley of the two lakes and it‘s located in county Wicklow. It‘s an old monastic settlement in a spectacular location. Kevin buses stop for three hours there: wander around and explore the settlement: the old cemetery, the round tower and celtic crosses, and a little church called Saint Kevin‘s Kitchen (the oldest building)....

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  • Hunting

    Limerick Sports & Outdoors

    Foxhunting is and always has been very popular in Limerick county. Very popular with the local gentry and I remember the riders trotting up and down on our road and jumping ditches, tooting their horns looking for a fox. These animals were plentiful in our area and we'd often see them scuttling out of our yard if we were up really early. Mum always...

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  • Rugby

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    During our tour of the British Isles and Ireland, we had the opportunity to attend a match at Lansdowne Road, known to the common world as the home of Irish Rugby. A beautiful stadium rich in history, this was definitely my favorite part of our rugby tour. I would highly recommend that if you are around Lansdowne around the time of a match, please...

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  • Horse racing

    Limerick Sports & Outdoors

    We had an afternoon at Limerick Racecourse (April 08) and loved it. The place was quieter than I expected, maybe because the meeting clashed with the Grand National at Aintree, or maybe because it was a very "early season" flat fixture. The racing was good tho'. My buddy picked 2 winners from 6 on her first time at the races, and won €110! My...

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  • Soccer

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Strolling 'Off the Beaten Track' I came across this square in a residential area, just Off Ormond Quay Upper, while I was looking for 'Dublin's Last Supper' . It was quite a surprise to come across this 'village in the City', where Children were playing football and generally 'hanging around' I guess they weren't too used to tourists wandering...

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  • Golf....

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    I don't play Golf but almost everyone I know does!. In Ireland anyone who wants to play golf can as there are both public and private golf courses. Look up the internet or take advice from the Dublin Tourist Office.

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  • Swimming

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    I have found an ingenious way to travel to where I want to go, several years ago I started finding swim races in places I want to visit and then encourage my husband to sign up-London, Annecy, Cork, San Francisco, Welland, Ontario and now Dublin. The 1st Liffey Swim was held in 1920 so this was it's 91st year, it's the end event of the swimming...

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  • Sports Bars

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Watching sport in pubs is great in Dublin especially during the GAA final! premiership all year long, ryder cup now (golf)...I use this website for the sports schedule in dublin bars : www.sports-in-bars.ie Dublin is a city for watching sports !

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  • Dublin City Marathon

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Dublin Marathon takes place on the last Monday in October. I've done the Women's mini-marathon to raise money for Beaumont Hospital. The route starts from Merrion Square down through Ballsbridge, UCD & back up through Donnybrook ending either in Smithfield or Stephen's Green Weather is going to be awful, so if you are taking part, make sure your...

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  • Boating/Sailing

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Sea Safari operate a tour around Dublin Bay with some interesting sites and the tour guide also touches on local history, culture and heritage. The boats are rigid infatable boats and you can take a trip any time of the year regardless of the weather. They supply all the wet gear. For more information you can look at their website. For a one hours...

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  • Cricket

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    VT member dmrtn isn't too happy with me for only seeing cricket being played in Dublin. He seems to view Dubliners as a much tougher bunch and likes to tell me about the more manly sports such as rugby and hurling. But, in the spirit of authenticity, I can only tell you what I saw!!! I was walking around the campus of Trinity College and noticed...

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  • Ice-skating

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    For the Xmas season, you can go ice-skating in Smithfield (in front of Jameson's distillery & the Chimney Tower) or you can go skating in the IFSC further down the North quays too. You can rent the boots when you get to the rink

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  • Horse Shows

    Dublin Sports & Outdoors

    Every August the Kerrygold Horse Show is on for five days in the grounds of the RDS in Ballsbridge. This is THE equestrian event in Ireland and a Must for horse lovers. In addition to the many competitions the big halls are packed with stalls where you can buy anything even remotely related to horses, and the atmospere is brilliant.

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  • The Galway Festival of racing

    The Galway races are one of the major events of the horseracing calendar.They usually take place the last week in July(in 2004 they will finish on Sunday 1st August)They are unusual in that they last for a full seven days, with some evening, and some full-day events.The course itself is quite hilly, but compact with a ruined castle in the middle...

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  • Waterville Golf Links

    Waterville is true links golf that dates back to around 1900. It is located along the Ring of Kerry, which is a driving route that shouldn't be missed when visiting southwest Ireland. This course was a favorite of Payne Stewart, who was an Honorary Captain of the club, prior to his untimely demise. There is now a bronze statue of Payne, which seems...

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  • Western Riding

    In preparation for an upcoming holiday on a ranch in Montana I was looking around for a place in Ireland where I could get familiar with the Western style of horse riding, and came across the Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch on the web. We weren't too sure what to expect when we sent out there, and were very pleasantly surprised. The owner has put a...

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  • Golf Tours

    Ireland has some of the most stunning courses in the World. There are several tour companies running golf holidays including Carr's. The course here at Birr is small but challenging. The featured hole in the photo is the number 10 which tees off over the entry road and gets norrower and narrower until you reach the green. Not much room for error on...

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  • Golfing in and around County Kerry

    Having taken two golfing excursions to southwest Ireland in the past four years, we found it much easier to establish our tee times before we arrived. SWING - South West Ireland Golf does a great job setting up the tee times for our foursome. Their charge is minimal - I think around 90 euro for setting up the whole week, but was worth every cent....

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  • Travel by a badge in the canals

    A unique travel for couples and falimies is the tour boating by a badge in the canals and lakes of Ireland two hours driving to the east of Ireland. You only have to rent a badge and make shoping for food and drinks.

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  • Hurling/Camogie

    In September you will always have the Hurling/Camogie finals in Ireland. They take place at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin. When we visited in 2006, we were lucky to see the U21 finals and the Senior Camogie (women's) final. Absolutely fantastic atmosphere!!!Hurling/camogie is a Gaelic sport and is a mixture of field hockey, baseball and "Eierlaufen"...

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  • Hurling

    Hurling is a native Irish sport played upon a field with a leather ball and an ash stick known as a hurley or caman. Akin to lacrosse and hockey, hurling is much faster. Waterford is one of the fantastic hurling centers!

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  • Gaelic football - hurling - wind surfing...

    Sport is an integral part of Dublin life – Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rugby matches all feature prominently in daily conversations in Dublin!The centre of Dublin city is only minutes away from open countryside and has many activities to tempt all lovers of outdoor pursuits!The mountains and Dublin’s coastline are within easy reach of...

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  • Fourth biggest stadium in Europe

    Spiritual home of Celtic games The GAA claim this place, Croke (pronounced 'Crow') is the fourth biggest stadium in Europe. It's three tiers on the biggest stand certainly give it a dramatic feel.Remember its Gaelic games here - hurling and Gaelic football - fast, furious and tough.There is a museum here if you are into the history and a museum...

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  • Ballybunion

    Keep the ball in the fairway, and listen to your caddie. When you find your ball in the rough it looks like it is sitting up pretty good, you think you can hit the ball a long way.....WRONG...just knock it out into the fairway and take your lumps. It took me a whole round of golf to finally learn this.

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  • Start young

    With many golf courses in Ireland it is wise to start young. Here is my son aged about 7 years getting to grips with an iron, many local people play and the prizes are brilliant. My brother in law and nephew have won many nice items for the house.

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  • SURFING ON VENTRY BEACH

    Ventry is a great beach for surfing. But of course you need the wind...!! But anyway there are other watersports you can do in Ventry. And after a nice day on the beach you always can go to Quinns overlooking ventry harbour for a pint. Great view from there. Swimgear..

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  • Lahinch Golf Links - Old Course

    The Old Course at Lahinch is refered to as the "St. Andrew's of Ireland" or the "Home of Irish Golf", and dates back to 1892. It is a true links golf course playing through massive dunes covered with sea-grasses and shrubs, refered to as goarse. Lahinch is home to a couple of goats (see photo) - The story goes that if the goats are out on the...

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  • Tralee Golf Club

    This is a newer course, designed by Arnold Palmer and opened in 1984. Once you step on the course, you will forget that, and realize you are playing a first class links course with spectacular dunes, ocean, and remnants of ancient structures all around. Some courses in the UK require that all caddies be members of the club, and Tralee is one. Not...

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  • Ballybunion Golf Links - The Old Course

    Ballybunion Old Couse is a true links course that dates back to 1893. It is a favorite of Tom Watson (an Honorary Captain), and a number of other PGA players. I have played this course twice, and would have to believe it would be challanging for golfers of all levels. The front nine plays on the road side, with a graveyard (literally!) off to the...

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  • Old Head Golf Links

    Old Head Golf Links is actually a newer layout, and is quite out of the way, but it was constructed on a peninsula surrounded by 150' cliffs. The views are breathtaking, and at times, frightening! I have never played Pebble Beach, but those who have played both have claimed this equally, if not more exciting and beautiful. The location is somewhat...

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  • Hurling is popular

    Hurling is a lacrosse-like sport that combines endurance, speed and hand-to-ete coordination. It looks like great fun to play, as long as your dental insurance is paid up. It's a great conversation topic on which the Irish can talk for hours, so if your at a loss for something to say at a pub, just ask for an explanation. I had several and still...

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