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.  Run For Your Lives you ready to run for your life? Take on a thrilling apocalyptic zombie-infested 5km run in Malahide Castle on 26th October to find out. On a route laced with demanding natural and man-made obstacles, participants assume the role of Survivor or one of The Infected, a dreaded Zombie, in this gothic cat-and-mouse chase. Following an initial outbreak in the Quarantine Zone, Survivors must successfully get to the Safe Zone with at least one life tag remaining, after traversing tough obstacles and avoiding the many Infected. Everyone will be able to complete the course but to be called a True Survivor (finish with at least one tag remaining) requires skill, speed and agility. So the question remains, are you a hunter or a runner? Survivors Your mission as a Survivor is a simple one - survive! The only thing standing between you and the Safe Zone is a challenging obstacle course teeming with The Infected. You will begin with three lives, represented by tags attached to a belt around your waist, but which unfortunately also attract The Infected. Get to the Safe Zone with at least one life remaining to earn your status as a True Survivor. Zombies As a member of The Infected you will be transformed into a living nightmare. With flesh hanging from your face, blood-soaked, your only impulse will be to hunt down Survivors’ tags. After your transformation you will be led into covered woodland and grassy planes and assigned a designated Infection Zone. Your goal is to get as many life tags as possible. Get ready for a muddy, eerie and exhilarating afternoon running from, or acting as, the gruesome undead. Tickets Zombie  €50 Survivor €40 Dublin's Macabre Side: Pat Liddy Walking Tour the ancient undead to Dublin’s Gothic writers, explore the Legacy that inspired Bram Stoker on Pat Liddy’s creepily compelling walking tour. ?Bram Stoker’s imagination was fuelled and fed by his native city’s gory history, dark happenings, violence, torture, famine and plague. From Dublin’s shadowy mythological past, stories of the undead and the wanderings of troubled spirits have peopled Irish culture and folklore long before Stoker’s Dracula ever saw the light of day. Take a walk around the capital’s side streets, alleys and the former medieval quarter of Dublin with the inimitable Pat Liddy, who will brings to life gloriously Gothic tales including Dracula, Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tour takers will also enjoy discovering the spectral origins of some of our Halloween customs today. Price Adult €10  Seniors/Students €8 Children under 16 go free with accompanying adults.   Qigong on the Rooftop exceptional views of Dublin Castle and the city’s picturesque skyline, indulge in some Qigong on the roof-top garden of the Chester Beatty Library on 11th October. Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm state of mind. Taking place on the tranquil roof top, enjoy an oasis of peace and appreciate the time to rest and rejuvenate. Join this gentle 30-minute outdoor session (weather permitting), or indoor one with roof garden views and feel the benefits of this ancient meditation. Classes are free but limited to 15 participants. Superhero Fun Run Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin are holding out for heroes, big and small, for their Superhero Fun Run on 5th October. Men, women and children from all over the country are being asked to dig out their capes, their tights and their face paint and become superheroes for the day for the Superhero Fun Run in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in the Polo Grounds of the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Whether a Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, or a Spiderman, superheroes of all ages are invited to participate in this 1 mile fun run to raise much needed funds for the hospital and support all the little ‘superheroes’ currently undergoing treatment there. Organised by the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, the fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, the event will also feature a toddler dash for younger participants. Funds raised from this event will go towards the renovation of the hospital’s Outpatients’ Department which sees over 80,000 patients a year, and will help fund cutting-edge and much-needed research projects. Details To become a superhero for the day call 1890 507508 or log onto The cost of entry per individual is €15, while the cost for a family of two adults and unlimited children is €25.   All children under the age of 18 go free.   Guinness PRO12: Leinster V Munster into the sporting spirit at the ever-atmospheric Aviva Stadium on 4th October to see Leinster face Munster in the Guinness PRO12. Nail your colours to the mast and soak up the stadium’s lively buzz, in the match Leinster won 22-18 last season. Then aided by a Brian O'Driscoll try, along with five penalties and a conversion from Ian Madigan, Leinster gained a crucial win in the PRO12. Who will victors be this time around? You’d better get shouting for your side in a bid for the right result. Tickets €17.50 - €75