Paralympics & American Football!

2012-08-31 16:00:00

It was back to normal this week after spending so much time in Tralee recently at the Rose of Tralee Festival. It was great to get back to the office as I had plenty of work to catch up on but I am a bit sorry that the festival is over for another year. It is always a very busy time for me but I really enjoy it and look forward to it every year.

This week saw the start of the Paralympics in London and it looks set to be even bigger than the Olympics! All of the athletes I’ve read or heard about so far are truly inspiring and from what I heard in the news today there are already records being broken. I hope to catch some of the events over the weekend and cheer on Team Ireland when I get a chance. The team this year consists of 49 athletes who will compete across ten sports and will represent the largest Irish team since Atlanta 1996. Plus for the first time ever Ireland will be competing in shooting and rowing at the Paralympic Games. On behalf of the Carlton Group I would like to wish all Team Ireland athletes the best of luck and I’m sure they’ll do us proud.

Of course the other big sporting news in Ireland this week is the American Football game between Notre Dame and Navy in the Aviva tomorrow. More than 35,000 American college football fans have travelled over to Dublin to watch the game, complete with marching bands and cheerleaders. It’s a great opportunity for Dublin tourism to host such a fantastic event and all the hotels, bars and restaurants across the city will no doubt be packed over the weekend. 

Dublin will also be focusing on another sporting game this weekend as they take on Mayo in the All-Ireland Football Semi Final……….I’m sure plenty of you will be tuning in to watch that match on Sunday! Hope you all have a great weekend whatever you get up to.

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