Events - SportsCurtis Cup 2016http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Curtis_Cup_2016Dun Laoghaire Golf Club - Curtis Cup 2016 Dun Laoghaire Golf Club has been selected to host the 2016 Curtis Cup Match between Great Britain & Ireland (“GB&I”) and the United States of America (“USA”). The Curtis Cup is best known team trophy for women amateur golfers, and is contested in the biennial Curtis Cup Match played in even years. The Match is between teams from Great Britain & Ireland and the United States of America, with the first encounter taking place in 1932, while 2012 saw its 37th staging. Each team consists of 8 of the best amateur golfers in the world, and to play in a Curtis Cup match is the pinnacle of an amateur golfer’s achievements. Many past Curtis Cup team members have gone on to become stars of women’s professional golf. The Curtis Cup trophy, a silver bowl of Paul Revere design, was donated by the renowned American golfing sisters Harriot & Margaret Curtis, to promote international friendships in the world of women’s golf. The Cup is inscribed “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands.” Both Curtis sisters were United States Women’s Amateur Champions in the early 1900s, and had competed in the Ladies’ British Amateur Golf Championship in 1905, where an informal match had occurred between teams of American & British golfers. See www.lgu.org for more information.  Great Ireland Runhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Great_Ireland_RunIn the heart of Dublin is one of Europe's largest city parks, and for one day every year, a 10k course that challenges runners of all abilities and ambitions.  The day, which includes the Junior & Mini Great Ireland Run, is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre space has to offer.  Situated to the west of the city centre, the Great Ireland Run is quite literally a great (apologies) and healthy excuse to experience one of the liveliest and most popular cities on the planet in a unique way.  A potential world heritage site in the near future, should the government be successful, the beauty of the course location is also backed up by its credentials as the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics (IAAF).  Fast paced club runners and first timers will all converge on the start line, when they can look forward to being led around the The Phoenix Park course by some of the world’s finest athletes.  Don't forget that it’s going to be a family affair on the day too, as our popular Mini & Junior events feature a 1.6k course for 3-8 year olds and a 2.5k stretch for the older, 9-15 year olds.  One of the main attractions on the day, which is also beamed live to the nation on RTE 2, is the All Ireland County Challenge where you can have the chance to race for your home county. Click here for more information     All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Finalshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/All_Ireland_Club_Championship_FinalTaking place on St. Patrick's Day each year in the GAA's national stadium Croke Park, both Gaelic football & Hurling games are played on the day where the club, the cornerstone and bedrock of the GAA take centre stage.   Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations Rugby 2015http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ireland_v_England_RBS_Six_Nations_Rugby_Fixture Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations Rugby Fixture on 1st March 2015 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The  Aviva Stadium is the home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football team. Aviva Stadium is now Ireland’s only UEFA Category 4/Elite Stadium and has won a number of awards including RIAI & RIBA. Since opening in May 2010 over 1.8 million ticketed visitors have passed through the turnstiles for rugby, soccer & concerts. More details TBC. Ireland v France - RBS Six Nations Rugby 2015http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ireland_v_France_RBS_Six_Nations_Rugby_FixtureIreland v France - RBS Six Nations Rugby Fixture on 14th February 2015 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The  Aviva Stadium is the home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football team. Aviva Stadium is now Ireland’s only UEFA Category 4/Elite Stadium and has won a number of awards including RIAI & RIBA. Since opening in May 2010 over 1.8 million ticketed visitors have passed through the turnstiles for rugby, soccer & concerts. More details TBC. Leopardstown Christmas Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Leopardstown_Christmas_Festival_2014The Leopardstown Christmas Festival runs from the 26-29th December each year and is one of the highlights of the Irish racing and social calendar featuring seven Grade 1 races over four days. The Racing Post day kicks off the first of four high calibre National Hunt race days and features the Racing Post Novice Handicap (Grade 1). Day two of the Christmas meeting is the Paddy Power Day and features The Paddy Power Chase, The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) and The Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1). Ladies day at the Lexus Chase is one of the most anticipated fashion events on the Irish social calendar. Fashion and glamour polish off a perfect race day. Ladies day is a chance to showcase your winter gems, enjoy a day out with friends, fine dining and entertainment. The day guarantees to be the most stylish day of the Christmas festival. The day features the Lexus Steeplechase (Grade 1), The Topaz Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) and the Woodies DIY Hurdle (Grade 1). Leopardstown has a number of dining options to choose from - the Winter Warmer, St Stephen's Day Luncheon in the Pavilion, the Christmas Festival Restaurant and private suite packages. Click here for more details Guinness Series Ireland V Austrailiahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Guinness_Series_Ireland_V_AustrailiaEwen McKenzie's Australia will return to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 22. The Wallabies are the third ranked nation in world rugby following a successful autumn tour which saw them record wins over Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy while losing narrowly to England. For more informatiion click  here Guinness Series Ireland V Tier 2 nation (Georgia to be confirmed)http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Guinness_Series_Ireland_V_Tier_2_nation_Georgia_to_be_confirmedOn Saturday, November 15, Ireland will take on a leading European Tier 2 nation at the Aviva Stadium. Georgia, who have serious 2015 Rugby World Cup qualification ambitions, are the most likely opposition for this Test. For more information click here Guinness Series Ireland V South Africahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Guinness_Series_Ireland_V_South_Africa  South Africa, who are currently number 2 in the IRB World Rankings, provided the opposition for the opening fixture of the 2012 GUINNESS Series and will again be Ireland's first opponents in the autumn of 2014 as the two sides square off at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 8. Ireland will be looking to record their fifth victory over the Springboks since the two countries first met at the Balmoral Showgrounds in 1906. For more information click here Dublin Marathonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_MarathonDublin Marathon 2014, one of the great European city marathons, takes place in Dublin City on the October Bank Holiday. This will be the 35th year of this great event which is run through the capital's historic Georgian streets and its magnificent Phoenix Park. Thousands of boisterous spectators will line the route and in fact, such is the buzz from the crowd, that overseas participants in the Dublin Marathon have dubbed it the 'friendly marathon'. Dublin is only an hour by air from most UK and European cities, and a large number of the expected entry of 14,500 will be made up of overseas runners, many of whom will be returning to sample Irish hospitality once more. So why not come and experience the occasion for yourself? A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed. But be warned, once you have tried it, you'll want to come back again! Enter online. Entries must be received by 5.00pm on October 1st. There will be no late entries at registration or on race day.  Depaul Raft Race 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Depaul_Raft_Race_2014Test your DIY mettle and enjoy some friendly competition in the waters of the capital at the Depaul Annual Raft Race Against Homelessness 2014 on the Liffey Basin, Grand Canal Dock Dublin 2.  Supporting those who are most in need in our society, Depaul Ireland believe that homelessness simply has no place in it. The organisation, which helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, invite you to sign up to their wild and wonderful raft race on the River Liffey this September. All you need to do is grab some mates, put your DIY skills to the test by building a homemade raft and get fundraising. Rafts can be made from an array of locally-sourced materials (logs, bottles, rubber tubes etc), with participants encouraged to get crafty and creative. Of course, if raft-building isn’t your thing, Depaul will loan some to teams, depending on availability. Don’t forget to engage in a little friendly rivalry too, teams are invited to throw down the gauntlet and choose a rival team or company to challenge in the competition. A great day for a great cause, bring the family, cheer on the rafters, and enjoy great music, entertainment and prizes.          Event Details         - Register your team of four to build a homemade raft and enter the race. - Donation fee is €600 per raft (or €150 per team member) and can be made up from fundraising events or a company donation. - Register by 31st August 2014 - Pay by 26th September 2014 GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championshipshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/GAA_All_Ireland_Senior_Football_ChanpionshipsThe GAA Championships commence in May with the Provincial Football Championship's in Leinster, Ulster, Connacht and Munster and Provincial Hurling Championship's in Leinster, Ulster and Munster.  The All-Ireland Series starts in June with the Qualifers, followed by the Quarter and Semi Finals, culminating in the All Ireland Football Finals on September 21st 2014.  Games take place throughout Ireland over the summer months.  Visit www.gaa.ie for fixture and ticketing information. Croke Park is in the heart of Dublin and easy to get to by foot, bike, bus, train or tram. Why not take the LUAS to Croke Park? Check out the walking map from your nearest stop here.     Irish Greyhound Derbyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Irish Greyhound DerbyThe Irish Greyhound Derby is not only the highlight of the Irish Greyhound Racing calendar, but is one of the most anticipated events amongst greyhound racing fans worldwide. Each year, spectators from across Ireland, the UK, Europe, Australia and the US travel to be a part of the unique Derby Final atmosphere.  After six weeks of preliminary rounds, Shelbourne Park celebrates the biggest night of the year with plenty of additional entertainment, including live music before and after racing, and the grandstand, bars, restaurant and food outlets are full of enthusiastic fans. Just a year after the introduction of Greyhound Racing to Ireland in May 1927, the first ever Irish Greyhound Derby ran in Harold's Cross in 1928. Four years on, in 1932, the Irish Greyhound Derby achieved Classic (Nationwide) status and ran for the first time in Shelbourne Park.  All involved with Harold's Cross were upset to lose such a prestigious event, and so both Harold's Cross and Shelbourne Park agreed to share the event, alternating venues each year. The Derby has on two occasions been run outside of Dublin, once in the Markets Field (Limerick) in 1939 and another in Western Road, Cork in 1942. Shelbourne Park has been the permanent home of the Irish Greyhound Derby since 1970; running over 525yds to 1985 and 550yds since 198 GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championshipshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/GAA_All_Ireland_Senior_Hurling_ChampionshipsThe GAA Championships commence in May with the Provincial Football Championship's in Leinster, Ulster, Connacht and Munster and Provincial Hurling Championship's in Leinster, Ulster and Munster.  The All-Ireland Series starts in June with the Qualifers, followed by the Quarter and Semi Finals, culminating in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Finals in September 7th 2014.  Games take place throughout Ireland over the summer months.  Visit www.gaa.ie for fixture and ticketing information. Classic Encounter American College Football: UCF v Penn Statehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Classic_Encounter_University_of_Florida_v_Penn_State University of Central Florida (UCF Knights) face Penn State in their 2014 Season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014. Ireland of course has its own vibrant American Football scene. The IAFL, under the remit of the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) plays adult, full contact American football using NCAA rules – those used in major college football in the USA. 2013 was a busy year for both teams with UCF completing the most successful season in their history and winning the American Athletics conference outright and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Penn State welcomed new Head Coach James Franklin in early 2014 following Bill O'Brien's departure to the NFL Houston Texans. The Croke Park Classic is the first in a series of American College Football games for Dublin, the teams will compete for the Dan Rooney Trophy named after the former US Ambassador to Ireland and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Outside of GAA games at Croke Park, the event is set to be the biggest sporting event of the year and features a series of citywide events and activities. It’s shaping up to be a great battle of these two giants of American College Football this August. It will be be the first time that UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States guaranteed to bring huge fanfare and significant travelling support. Croke Park Stadium has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Tickets available from: www.ticketmaster.ie Croke Park is in the heart of Dublin and easy to get to by foot, bike, bus, train or tram. Why not take the LUAS to Croke Park? Check out the walking map from your nearest stop here. Great Pink Runhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Great_pink_runLace up those trainers and test your fitness while doing your bit for Breast Cancer Ireland on the Great Pink Run, August 30th. All you need to do is register to run, raise a minimum of €20 and run the leafy 5km or 10km Phoenix Park route. The race starts and finishes at the Furze Road/ Chesterfield Avenue junction of Phoenix Park. The 10km event starts at 10.00am, and the 5km event starts at 10.40am. Entries close on Monday August 25th, so get registered. Your involvment and fundraising efforts will go towards vital breast cancer research and patient support services, so prepare to run and have a whole lot of fun for this incredibly worthy cause. Croke Park Classic Tailgate Partyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/crokeparkclassic_tailgatepartyWith the American College Football teams of Penn State University and University of Central Florida preparing to do battle in Croke Park on 30th August, on the morning of the game, a traditional College Football Tailgate Party will take place in Temple Bar. Open to all supporters of the teams, the area’s shops and pubs will join in the festivities and be adorned in the UCF and PSU colours, as the city happily gets behind both sides. Thousands of tourists from America, the UK and Europe will be flocking to the city to see these colleges face off in the first game of the season, making the atmosphere and sporting spirit in the city practically palpable. Dublin bus will provide a complimentary shuttle service from Temple Bar to Croke Park, taking fans from the Tailgate to the game.   Croke Park Classic: Pep Rallieshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/crokeparkclassic_pepralliesWith Penn State University about to battle it out against the University of Central Florida at the Croke Park Classic, you’d better get down to the teams’ official city centre fanzones and prepare to choose your side. On Friday 29th August, both teams will host their Pep Rallies practically side by side, so pop down for some friendly rivalry and plenty of sporting banter. UCF take over Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square from 4.00-4.30pm. They’ll be working with Irish drumming sensation Extreme Rhythm on their performance which will include buckets of energy from the UCF Cheerleaders, inspiration from Head Coach George O’Leary and members of the team. You might just meet Knightro the team mascot too. PSU will get their Pep Rally started on nearby East Essex Street, from 4.30pm-5.00pm. Their party will include a dance troop, the infectious music of the Penn State Marching Band, plenty of team members, as well as fun and support from their cheerleaders and official mascot, the Penn State Nittany Lion. No matter what side you’re on, there’ll be nothing but pep in your step with the kick-off of these parties. The Liffey Swim 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Liffey_Swim_2014Dates TBC Location: Loop Line Bridge (Railway Bridge) Once again swimmers are challenged with the competition and excitement of swimming throughout the heart of one of Europe's greatest cities. Over 250 men and 100 women will swim in the historic Liffey Race. Spectators are encouraged to support the competitors from the banks of the river, with the Liffey Boardwalk providing a great viewing point This eagerly awaited Dublin City Council sponsered event sees swimmers of all abilities and a variety of ages compete. The course begins at the Watling Street Bridge near the Guinness Brewery and finishes at Custom House Quay. Unfortunately construction on the LUAS Bridge from Hawkins Street to Malborough Street is not completed. It is difficult to determine how much progress will be made by the summer. At this stage the Open Sea Committee are planning to use the same course that we used last year, from the Loop Line Bridge (Railway Bridge) to the East Link Bridge. For More Information: www.leinsteropensea.ie