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 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 or by contacting us. Entries must be received by 5.00pm on October 1st. There will be no late entries at registration or on race day. Once entry is confirmed by e-mail we cannot refund or exchange numbers. 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. Irish Greyhound Derby 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 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 Senior Hurling Finals in September 7th 2014.  Games take place throughout Ireland over the summer months.  Visit for fixture and ticketing information. Classic Encounter NFL: UCF 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. Coach O’Leary has the Knights playing at their highest level ever. He took over the program ten years ago and has rebuilt it from the ground up. The Knights’ two signature victories of the season past were against previously undefeated and #8 ranked Louisville, which followed on the heels of their win in Beaver Stadium in September over the Penn State Nittany Lions. UCF (Knights) and Penn State will open their 2014 campaigns August 30 when they meet in the inaugural Croke Park Classic in Dublin, led by two of the most highly regarded college coaches. George O’Leary and Bill O’Brien have previously worked on the same staff at Georgia Tech. 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: The Liffey Swim 2014 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: Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show The 2014 Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show will take place from Wednesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 10. With live music and entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, groumet food and the best in national and international equestrian competitions, you won't want to miss it! The popular Kids' Zone will keep kids busy with pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, Billy Bubbles and magic shows. For the ladies, the Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day on Thursday, August 7, promises fantastic prizes for 'best dressed lady’, 'most colourful outfit’ and 'most creative hat’. For the well-dressed males, there is also a prize for 'best dressed man’. With over €940,000 in prize money during the five days, visitors can enjoy top national and international show jumping competitions including the Longines International Grand Prix, the Land Rover Puissance and the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup™ presented by Longines. Visit for further information tickets on sale now! Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon returns for a second year to Dublin on Monday 4th August. Experience the capital city of Ireland with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll™ Dublin Half Marathon on Monday, 4 August, 2014! This unforgettable course will feature a scenic tour of the city centre, passing many famous landmarks and showcasing the city’s natural Celtic charm. You’ll fall in love with Dublin as you discover a cosmopolitan city rich in history — from the old cobblestone streets and well known pubs of Temple Bar to the new eateries that adorn the alleyways and the lush gardens at St. Stephens Green. Don’t miss this 13.1 mile street party!! Click here to view the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin route map Runners Will Experience: •Live Music Every Mile •A Scenic City Centre Course •Free Finish Line Concert •Rock-Solid Operations •A Fantastic Finisher’s Medal Enter the code "VISITDUBLIN" when registering on line to get a €3.00 discount. Registration is now open, click here to enter DB Sports Summer Cup DB Sports Summer Cup is a small sided games blitz for football teams from across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Europe for U8's to U12's.  The tournament will run over the August Bank Holiday weekend and there will be a fun zone on site, BBQ, First Aid, changing facilities, entertainment, coffee shop and many other activities for the whole family. All proceeds raised will go towards the Friends of Saint Lukes. For more information click here Cooperation Ireland Maracycle 1 July 1984, 1,200 cyclists left City Hall Belfast and the Mansion House Dublin simultaneously to spend two days riding between the two cities. They did so to show their support for an end to violence and a peaceful future for all our people. Co-operation Ireland Maracycle was born. 65,000 participants can now claim to have cycled between Dublin and Belfast in support of Ireland’s leading peace building charity. The weekend of 28/29 June 2014 provides the ideal opportunity to join with people from throughout the island to celebrate 30 years of biking across borders in support of the peace building programmes of Co-operation Ireland. A rural route of 108 miles between Belfast and Dublin avoids heavy traffic and town centres for one of Ireland’s friendliest and best organised cycling challenges. For more information click here Flora Women's Mini Marathon The Flora Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world. It has grown steadily in numbers since it began in 1983 with its popularity increasing significantly over the last few years. The event has no equals in its appeal. Women of all ages representing every county and every walk of life take part in this great Festival of Women. No pressure is put on anyone - all the participants have to do is get fit enough to walk, jog or run the 10k. It is up to each individual to set her own target. Every finisher is a winner - and receives a commemorative medal and ribbon to mark the achievement For more information visit: Pure Magic Battle for Bay Kite Surfing Festival Join Puremagic for a very unique weekend at the beach for the 8th annual Battle For The Bay Dublin Kitesurfing and SUPing Competition. This year there will be a special Battle of Clontarf theme to the event. All ages are welcome and free entry for the young and old! The concept of the battle is very simple - fun, wind, water and fun! The best riders from around the country and around the globe will come and compete in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world - Dollymount Beach! Home to our very own Puremagic gang! What to expect at the Battle for the Bay: Paddle Boarding Competition, Kids Kite Competition, Demonstrations on the beach, Freestyle shows, Kite introductions for the newcomers, Live Music, Food Village & BBQ, Kids Zone and Funfair.     Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival To be confirmed Location: Grand Canal Dock and Plaza, Dublin The Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival's purpose is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy an exciting world class urban recreational environment. The refurbished canal dock, originally build in the 1790s, now provides a world-class recreation space right in the centre of Dublin. The mix of on water activities is designed to give everybody an opportunity to participate or sit back and enjoy the show. The newly developed Grand Canal Plaza and surrounding quays provide a uniquely modern and dynamic unban space for all the family to enjoy. The local cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which face onto the water, provide wonderful al fresco facilities. These are complemented by the festival's many on land attractions and activities located on Grand Canal Plaza. On water activates include a wakeboarding competition, charity rubber ducky race, tour of naval vessel, water sport 'Come and Try It' sessions in sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and a canal barge gathering. On land activities include food market, corporate golf challenge, street performers, balloon artists, face painters, fun fair attractions, open air art gallery & children's arts centre in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre. Good clean fun for all the family! Giro d'Italia Big Start d’Italia, one of the world’s greatest cycling events, arrives in Ireland on Sunday, 11th of May. This Grand Tour, famously won by Ireland’s Stephen Roche in 1987, will see the world’s best cyclists race 187km from Armagh to Dublin and offers a fantastic opportunity to experience the carnival atmosphere of this sporting spectacle. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the festivities and cheer on these titans on two wheels as 200 elite cyclists battle it out for the coveted pink jersey through the streets of Dundalk, Drogheda, Malahide and Clontarf before they race to the finish line in Dublin’s Merrion Square!  With a huge crowd expected in the city centre, the thrills of a close finish, mixed with the wonderful flavours of Italian food and drink at the Giro Fan Park and the Irish Cycling Show, there will be loads of fun for the whole family! RECOMMENDED VIEWING POINTS! There are plenty of wonderful viewing points along the route giving you the chance to get up close and personal to the world’s cycling greats. Check out the Timetable and Road Closures for details. PUBLICITY CARA VAN!  The advertising caravan that precedes the race is a long held tradition of the Giro d’Italia. There are official stops where the caravan will stop and hand out promotional items in Dundalk, Drogheda, Balbriggan, Malahide, and Dublin. GIRO EVENTS! To celebrate the arrival of the Giro, local businesses and communities are putting on special celebrations along the race route. In Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, the Official Giro Fan Park will take place which includes the Irish Cycling Show. GETTING HERE!  Wherever you want to see the race, ensure you are there at least 90 minutes before the riders are due as roads will be closed to facilitate the event and passage of the Publicity Caravan. We recommend you use Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART and Irish Rail to access the race route. STAY SAFE!  Much of the race route will not have barriers so use common sense and maintain a safe distance from the riders.  Particular attention needs to be given to ensure young children and pets are kept at a safe distance from the riders and race vehicles. THINK PINK!  Get into the spirit of the Giro.  Dress up in pink, decorate your home or place of work, throw a pink party, line the race route and enjoy the festivities. Transportation:  Wherever you want to see the race, ensure you are there at least 90 minutes before the riders are due. Roads will be closed to facilitate the event and passage of the Publicity Caravan. We would therefore recommend you use Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART and Irish Rail to access the race route. Dublin Duathlon running and cycling event in Phoenix Park consisting of a 2.7km run on a tarmac path around the football pitches in Phoenix Park. Participants can also run along the grass next to the footpath. In fact, running on the grass was a tactic used by Peter Kern when he ran barefoot to victory in 2009 to save time in transition! The cycle loop is approximately 4km in length, and is closed to traffic. Competitors complete 3 laps beginning next to the Papal Cross, proceeding down the Kyber hill, up the Military Road, down through the S-Bends, up St. Mary's hill and across the Acres road back to the start. They will then run another 2.7km lap.  With as many as 100 beginners taking part in every event (many on mountain bikes), there is now an option for competitors to choose a special beginners start when entering online.  To enter click here Out2Tennis Dublin Mount Pleasant LTC, Ranelagh The Out2Tennis group look forward to welcoming you to Dublin for a weekend of tennis and fun over the Irish May Bank Holiday Weekend. The tournament takes place from Saturday 3rd May 2014 to Monday 5th May 2014 and we have many social events planned over the weekend. Click here for more information Price:  (inclusive of dinner and t-shirt) – One Event €100 , Two Events €120 Out4Tennis International Tournament Mount Pleasant LTC The three day international tennis tournament, is provisionally fixed in May, orgnaised by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA), with players from all around Europe, the US and, of course, Ireland. In addition, there is a social programme every evening. The main tennis venue is Mount Pleasant LTC, located a short distance from Ranelagh LUAS stop. In addition, matches will be played in other tennis clubs in the Dublin 4 & Dublin 6 areas. There is no charge for spectators and everyone is welcome to participate in the social events over the weekend.  Download Visit Dublin’s Gay Dublin Insider Guide to find out more about Gay Dublin.