Euros 2012 Begin!
The main focus in the news this week has of course been the start of the Euros 2012 which officially kicks off today. According to the news they expect over 20,000 Irish fans will be travelling to Poland over the weekend. I know we’ve seen a few fans around the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport this week as they prepare to fly and I’m sure we’ll see many more over the next few days. For those of us not lucky enough to be travelling I’m sure there will be plenty of parties and celebrations during all the Irish games.
Ireland’s first game is on Sunday against Croatia and no doubt every pub across Ireland will be packed with supporters. I know our hotel bars have a few plans in place for the game and they’re all expecting a full house which is a great complaint! This is the first time in 24 years that Ireland have qualified for the Euros so I’m sure they will have the whole country cheering them on. It would be great to start the campaign with a win on Sunday but either way we’ll be cheering them on whatever the result!
Ireland are also playing in another sport this weekend as they take on New Zealand in the rugby. Despite many attempts Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks but you never know what might happen tomorrow as they have a very strong team at the moment. Between the rugby and the Euros there will be plenty of games to keep me entertained if the weather stays like this.
Of course in other sporting news this week, the Olympic torch came to Ireland where it travelled through Dublin City before making its way back to the UK. Ireland may never host the Olympics but we have had many Olympic athletes in the past and it was a great way to acknowledge our involvement in the games.
I’ll be digging out the Ireland flag this weekend anyway and I’m sure you’ll all be doing the same on Sunday!