Events - SportsCurtis Cup 2016 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 for more information.  Great Ireland Run 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 Finals 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 2015 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 2015 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 Festival 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 Austrailia 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) 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 Life Style Sports Run in the Dark for a run with a difference and support The Mark Pollock Trust on the atmospheric Life Style Sports Run in the Dark, this November. Join the thousands of Dubliners lacing up their running shoes and donning their red flashing armbands on the evening of the 12th November, for a unique 5km or 10km run/walk through the city centre. Just one of over 30 cities worldwide taking part, the capital’s runners form a living light show, flowing through the streets like lava and all in the name of a spinal cord injury cure. Undeterred by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him - to find a cure for spinal cord injuries for him and the millions of paralysed people around the world. The Life Style Sports Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust's mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis. A one-of-kind opportunity to run the city’s streets by night and the best of causes to run it for. Simply register to run at 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 Marathon 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 2014 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 Dublin Mountains Guided Walk a Sunday with a difference, get the walking boots on and take a guided tour up the idyllic Dublin Mountains. On Sunday 28th September, join experienced rangers and take on a 15km walk and a 500m climb that includes picturesque Bohernabreena, Slievenabawnoge and Seahan. It’s a strenuous walk, starting from Bohernabreena car park along the side of the lower reservoir, and crosses over the public road at Ballymorefin. One of the Dublin Mountain Partnership’s most popular walks, be prepared for five hours in the great outdoors. Meet at Bohernabreena car park at 10am sharp and be sure to wear good walking boots, rain gear, warm clothes, and bring a torch, a hot drink, water and enough food to get you through the day. Book before 12 noon on Friday 26th September to ensure a place. GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championships 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 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.