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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Postcards, Sports | 1 comment

Postcard from Ireland: Howth and Croke Park

Sean, Jim, and Tom Sanford on the golf course in Howth.

Sean, Jim, and Tom Sanford on the golf course in Howth.

The Sanford's at the 2012 Notre Dame & Navy football game at Croke Park.

The Sanford’s at the 2012 Notre Dame & Navy football game at Croke Park.

The first photo is of me & my two sons Sean and Tom at Deer Park Golf Course in Howth.  That’s Howth Castle and the Eye of Ireland in the background.  We were in Dublin for the 2012 matchup between Notre Dame & Navy on September 1st but managed to get in a few rounds of golf prior to the game at Aviva Stadium.  For the golf, we played Lahinch in the west and Portmarnock Links and Deer Park in the Dublin area.

We stayed in one of the 5th floor apartments atop Oliver St. John Gogarty’s Pub & restaurant in the Temple bar district and were, remarkably, above the bedlam down on Fleet Street.  Needless to say, it’s a wild and crazy place, especially for that occasion.  One of the really nice things about our apartment is that there was a patio where we could look down on Fleet Street and fortunately for us, that’s where the Notre Dame tailgate party took place on Saturday morning.  The “Fighting Irish” Band marched up and down our street while we sipped our coffee and nursed our hangovers from the night before.

All in all it was a blast.  I’ve been to Ireland now 12 or 13 times (lost track) and each trip has been memorable but to do this with my two boys was special.  There’s talk of a rematch in Dublin in 2016 only this time at Croke Park which seats 80,000.  If it happens I plan to be there.

Jim S – Phoenix, AZ

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your memories of that awesome football game in Ireland. My son (ND Class of ’13) was the head drum major of the Band of the Fighting IRISH that year, and Ireland was his debut. We were unable to make the trip for the game but were there in March of ’12 to see the band march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Another amazing experience!!

    Thanks again and go IRISH!!

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