American College Football to bring much more than a game to Dublin in September

Boston College's game with Georgia Tech in the Aviva Stadium was announced last June, but on Thursday morning in Trinity College the full scale of what the game will bring to Dublin was finally revealed.


The two teams are to meet in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic on September 3rd in the opening game of the college football season. The game will have a 12:30pm kickoff, meaning an early morning start for fans of the colleges on America’s west coast.

20,000 tickets have already been sold for the game, almost all in America. Game organisers expect that at least 50% of those in attendance will be American who will travel to Dublin from the Boston and Atlanta areas.


ESPN will broadcast from Dublin during the game and organisers hope to the station’s flagship program SportsCenter will be based in Dublin in the lead-up to the event. The program is one of the most popular sports shows on American television.

Trinity College will also host three high school games in the build-up to the event with teams from Georgia, Florida and New Jersey. The University will act as a Welcome Village for fans from both colleges in the week building up to the game, including the colleges pep rallies ahead of the game.

Game Promoter Padraic O’Kane told Newstalk Sport that the event is a brilliant way to promote Dublin and it’s surrounds. “Compared to most major events that come in, sporting events that come into Dublin like a rugby international are gone again. These people will fly into Shannon and Belfast and will spend time in towns and cities around the country. This is not only a win for Dublin but it’s a huge win for Ireland.”

O’Kane claims the Dublin is now the “European Capital of College Football” as the city prepares to host the third college football game in the city in five years. “The great thing about college universities coming to Ireland is every aspect of the school wins.”

The game takes place on the same weekend as the All-Ireland Hurling Final, and O’Kane feels that a lack of beds wont be an issue in Dublin at the start of September.

The American Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley was also in attendance, at the St. Louis native is delighted to attend the event in Dublin.

“It will be the first football game of the year, it will get a lot of coverage” in America according to Ambassador O’Malley. “It’s a big thing. ESPN is coming over to cover it. They are going to do a number of hours of pre-game. The will show the spectacle of what an American College Football pre-game is.”

Ambassador O’Malley doesn’t have an affiliation with either team and he hopes to see “an American spectacle” in Dublin. At the moment, the ambassador does not have an official role in the game but jokingly added he could play for either team if they needed “a very old corner back”.Tickets for the game go on sale to Irish fans on April 6th at 9am on


Arthur Guinness Day™

Arthur Guinness Day™

Arthur Guinness was a man who made great things happen, he created a beer that is still beloved by the world 250 years later.
That’s why on 26th and 27th of September, Guinness fans around the world will come together at a series of exciting musical events to raise a glass to Arthur and celebrate those who like him, make great things happen.
From the talented musicians that take the stage on the day, to the worthy awardees of the Arthur Guinness Fund, to the many thousands of Guinness fans all around the world, people are coming together on September 26th and 27th to paint the town black.
So, this Arthur Guinness Day™, come and join the thousands of people around the world who are raising a glass to toast those who make things happen.

Tara High Kings Festival

logoOn Saturday September 14th, The Tara High Kings Festival will  take place on the hill of Tara. Through re-enactments, music and art, visitors will experience the Hill of Tara as it was in the time of High Kings. The main  attraction will be a grand tournament. This competition will see 13 competitors from around the world complete a series of tasks demanding a mixture of brains and brawn. These tasks will be loosely based on the traditional entry tasks to join na Fianna. The winner will then be declared High King or Queen.

The festival has been chosen as a signature event for the Gathering and due to this additional publicity campaign behind us, we have been overwhelmed by international interest. We have a competitor coming from Russia (his mother was a McDowell from Longford) and an retired police officer from America ( Kirk, is a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians). We also have a female boxing coach from Meath and have reserved 6 places for our festival partner the GAA who intend entering current and retired GAA stars from home and abroad.

The festival runs from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday 14th September. It will be located on private land opposite Maguire’s Cafe on the hill of Tara. The hill itself will be open as normal to visitors. Admission to the festival is €5 per child, €10 per adult. Please be advised, traffic for the festival will be diverted at Ross Cross to a dedicated festival car park. Regular tour buses visiting the hill (not the festival) can use the car park and usual roads. We are expecting approximately 2500 people to attend the festival, therefore it might be advisable to alter your itinerary to an alternative day or we would be happy to provide your costumers with a reduced price ticket of €8. The number of tickets available are limited and going fast. This festival is a community event and while we have their blessing, is not linked to the OPW.