The Generator Guide To Irish Sport This Summer
Dublin is a hotbed of running, jumping and sweaty bodies this summer. So if you have had your fill of music festivals why not check out Dublin’s sporting prowess instead? There’s loads of stuff on and a huge variety too, something for everyone.
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship – Until September
Let’s kick off with some Football – but maybe not the type you’re used to. This is Gaelic football, which sits somewhere between rugby and football. To help you pick a team to support here are a few interesting facts: Kerry has been the most successful winning 36 times, Donegal are the current 2012 champions and Dublin, Donegal and Down have all beaten Kerry in the Final.
GAA Hurling All Ireland Championship – Until September
Another very traditionally Irish game is Hurling, a cross between hockey and rugby and just as fun. The big three teams are Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary, having won 90 times between them and Kilkenny are the current 2012 champions.
Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show – 7th – 11th August
If you prefer equine pastimes then the Dublin Horse Show could be right up your street. This year is the 140th edition of the show and with live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, food as well as show jumping, races and other equestrian events it promises to be a corker. So dig out your jodhpurs and best hat and have some horsey fun.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon – 5th August
Who would have thought of mixing running and Rock ‘n’ Roll could be such fun? Well, why not? With live music every mile, a scenic city centre route and a free finish line concert from The Delorentos, what’s not to love?
The Liffey Swim – 24th August
One of Ireland’s most famous annual sporting events is the Liffey Swim. Head down to the Liffey Boardwalk and you will get a prime view of people taking to the water; in the name of fun and competitive spirit. The swim was originally started by Bernard Fagan to highlight the problems of pollution in the river – luckily it is much cleaner now than 1820.
Frank Duffy 10 Mile – 24th August
If river swimming is not really your thing then head across town and cheer on some keen athletes in the Frank Duffy 10 mile race. Set in the lovely Phoenix Park, which is just down the road from Generator. The race is a figure 8 so you may get to see the pack more than once if you pick your location carefully. We will be down there supporting the runners, see you there!
Coca-Cola Irish Cup 2013 – 23rd – 25th August
Let’s round off with a bit more football, this time the usual variety. The Coca-Cola Irish Cup is an international youth festival of football with countries from all over Europe represented. If you want to catch a glimpse of the next David Beckham or Fernando Torres then take a look.