Our friends in Ireland gave us a short list of restaurants to enjoy while in Dublin. While there are many great restaurants, here are a few recommendations. STEAKHOUSE FIRE Restaurant – Dublin’s premier Steakhouse serving only the best of Irish meats and fish. Located in central Dublin beside the Lord Mayor’s Residence. Built in 1891, the open plan kitchen houses the first wood burning oven in Ireland. To accommodate and welcome the traveling Notre Dame fans, FIRE will also open for dinner on Sunday September 2nd outside of its normal opening hours. The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 T: + 353 (0) 1 6767200 FINE DINING Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two star Michelin Restaurant. Situated beside the 5 star Merrion Hotel in Dublin city center, the cuisine is contemporary Irish with classical roots. Having featured in everything from the Irish Times to the New York Times, it is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Ireland and is also internationally acclaimed. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2 T: (01) 676 4192 ITALIAN Dunne & Cresenzi, Always a delight for its high quality food it offers at reasonable prices. This Italian restaurant and deli is near the Nassau Street entrance to Trinity College 16 Frederick Street South Dublin, Co. T: (01) 677 3815 TRADITIONAL Johnnie Fox’s, Traditional Irish Food in a traditional Irish surrounding Situated in Glencullen on top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox’s is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs. Located approximately 25-35 minutes drive from Dublin City center. T: (01) 295 5647 Glencullen, Co. Dublin, Ireland. SEAFOOD Anglers Rest – Seafood Restaurant within the grounds of the beautiful Phoenix Park Just a 15-minute drive from Dublin City center, this landmark establishment in the seclusion of the Strawberry Beds – next door to the Phoenix Park – has a history that stretches back to Cromwellian times and the famous patriot Michael Collins, and has long been considered the favorite watering hole of anglers fishing along the banks of the adjacent River Liffey. Strawberry Beds, Chapelizard, Dublin 20, T: +353 1 820 4351
Miriam O’Callaghan set to host Notre Dame: A Welcome Home at O2 Arena. O’Callaghan is an Irish television current affairs broadcaster, talk show host and radio presenter with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). She has presented the leading current affairs show, Prime Time, since 1996, and her own talk show, Saturday Night with Miriam, since 2005. “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be a highlight for fans traveling to Dublin. This show will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create a once-in-a-lifetime event. This show will be broadcast live on national television in Ireland and worldwide via RTÉ’s YouTube. Held at the O2 Arena in Dublin, “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be on Friday, August 31, at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Lucky enough to get your hands on tickets for "Notre Dame: A Welcome Home":http://gameday.nd.edu/news/32023-performances-set-for-notre-dame-a-welcome-home-at-o2-arena/? This *sold out* event will be a highlight for all Notre Dame fans' trip to Ireland! This event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration. This show is being broadcast live on national television in Ireland and worldwide via YouTube.
Mark Your Calendars! The celebration begins on August 27. …
Registration for Parliament tours has closed. If you are heading to the Emerald Isle to watch the Irish take on Navy in the 2012 season opener add a tour of the Leinster House, which house the Parliament of Ireland, to your itinerary. Registration closes on Wednesday, August 8. The Leinster House now houses the National Parliament of Ireland. The Tour encompasses all sections of the Houses of Parliament, both the Seanad Éireann (the Senate) and Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and the Main Hall, with a guide to all the historical features of the building. This tour is free and open to the public and lasts approximately 40 minutes with a limit of 35 people. Tours are being offered daily at 10:30 a.m., and 3 p.m. the week prior to the game – Monday, August 27 thru Friday, August 31. They will then resume the week after the game – Monday, September 3 thru Friday, September 7. Registration is required.
The Notre Dame squad reports for training camp today and starts practice tomorrow in preparation for the 125 season of Notre Dame football. Prior to camp, head coach Brian Kelly sat down to discuss the 2012 season. …
Tickets for Notre Dame: A Welcome Home have SOLD OUT. Held at the O2 arena in Dublin, “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be on Friday, August 31 at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. The following day, the Fighting Irish face Navy at Aviva Stadium in the season opener of the 125th year of Notre Dame football.
A limited number of tickets have become available for “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home”. This event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration. Held at the O2 arena in Dublin, “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be on Friday, August 31 at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available to purchase on Tuesday, July 31 starting at 8:30 a.m. EST in-person at the Murnane Family Ticket Office or over the phone at (574) 631-7356. Tickets will not be available to purchase online. The tickets are $20 each (service fees apply).
The locations for the pep rallies have been set. The first pep rally of the 2012 season will be held Friday, September 7 on South Quad at the Rockne Memorial on the eve of the home opener against Purdue. The pep rally will celebrate the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football by highlighting Knute Rockne. On Friday, September 21, prior to the night game against rival Michigan, the pep rally will take place on the Library Mall in between the Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium with Touchdown Jesus as the backdrop. The pep rally for the 2012 Shamrock Series that features the Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes in Chicago, will be at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Friday, October 5. The final four pep rallies of the season – Stanford, BYU, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest – will be held indoors at the Purcell Pavilion. This year will mark 125 years of Notre Dame football and celebrations will be sure to be incorporated into the pep rallies. All pep rallies begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.
This year will mark the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football and with that, Notre Dame Athletics and Fighting Irish Digital Media has launched a website devoted to "125 years of Irish football":http://125.nd.edu. It currently has three “Strong and True” moments featured. Then, beginning Thursday, Aug. 30 (the day the Notre Dame football team arrives in Ireland for its 2012 season opener against Navy), 125 “Strong and True” moments will be released (one per day) via digital media, along with photo and video galleries.
2012 Notre Dame Football home game tickets will go on sale to the public starting July 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets will be on sale for home games played at Notre Dame Stadium, quantities and limits to be determined. This sale does not include the annual off-site home game or any away games. Service charges apply. Please call 574-631-7356 or email email@example.com with any questions. Check out the Notre Dame Ticket Page for more information!
While Friday nights before Notre Dame football games in South Bend are usually spent celebrating Fighting Irish football at pep rallies, in Ireland fans will receive a once-in-a-lifetime experience at “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home.” This event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration. Among the Irish performers will be Brian Kennedy. A protégé of Van Morrison, Brian is an acclaimed singer from Belfast. He has shared the global stage with Morrison, as well as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. Other singers at the event will include Damian Dempsey, Eimear Quinn, Anthony Kearns, ballad group, The High Kings, and the Irish choir, Anuna. Liam O’Flynn will be featured at “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home.” O’Flynn is a master uilleann piper and prominent Irish folk musician. In 2007, he was named Musician of the Year at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, considered to be the foremost recognition given to traditional Irish musicians. Irish dancing will be highlighted during the event as Colin Dunne performs. Colin is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance. He is best known internationally for his performances and choreography in “Riverdance.” Also sharing the stage with the Irish performers will be the Notre Dame band, cheerleaders and of course, the Leprechaun. Held at the O2 arena in Dublin, “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be on Friday, August 31, at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.
If you are heading to the Emerald Isle to watch the Irish take on Navy in the 2012 season opener, add a tour of Ireland’s Parliament building – the Leinster House – to your itinerary. The Leinster House now houses the National Parliament of Ireland. The Tour encompasses all sections of the Houses of Parliament, both the Seanad Éireann (the Senate) and Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and the Main Hall, with a guide to all the historical features of the building. This tour is free and open to the public and lasts approximately 40 minutes with a limit of 35 people. Tours are being offered daily at 10:30 a.m., and 3 p.m. the week prior to the game – Monday, August 27 thru Friday, August 31. They will then resume the week after the game – Monday, September 3 thru Friday, September 7. Registration is required. Click here to sign up.
It may be summer break, but the football team is hard at work in the gym preparing for the 2012 season that kicks off in nine weeks in Dublin against Navy.
A tradition of home games, Mass, will cross the Atlantic for the much anticipated game featuring Notre Dame and Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, September 1. Held on game day morning at 9 a.m., join Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and University President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., celebrate Mass in historic Dublin Castle. Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings, Dublin Castle functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The Mass at Dublin Castle will be free and open to the public. Please note: Mass will be held outdoors with standing room for the general public.
The University of Notre Dame will celebrate 125 years of Fighting Irish football (1887-2012) with a series of “Strong and True” events throughout the 2012 football season. In March, the University introduced a special 125 logo that will be utilized throughout the year on all signage identifying elements of the campaign. The logo will be seen on sideline apparel worn by Irish players and coaches this season. The “Strong and True” catchphrase—taken from the University’s alma mater, “Notre Dame, Our Mother”—will be interwoven through various segments of the NDFB125 program. Although the celebration will last all fall, the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game at Notre Dame Stadium (7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports) will feature special recognition events based on Irish football history dating back to the first Notre Dame game in 1887 against Michigan. The Notre Dame-Michigan relationship qualifies as the original and oldest Football Bowl Subdivision rivalry. Legendary names from Notre Dame’s football past will be back on campus throughout the season to take part in the celebration. The previously-launched logo will be seen on signage and banners in and around Notre Dame Stadium. A website devoted to 125 years of Irish football has been created at http://125.nd.edu. It currently has three “Strong and True” moments featured. Then, beginning Thursday, Aug. 30 (the day the Notre Dame football team arrives in Ireland for its 2012 season opener against Navy), 125 “Strong and True” moments will be released (one per day) via digital media, along with photo and video galleries. Former Notre Dame players and fans will be encouraged to engage and participate via the 125 site (as well as social media) by sharing stories, photos and videos of their “Strong and True” experiences. Stay tuned throughout the summer for additional details relative to the NDFB125 celebration.
Information on several exciting events surrounding the Emerald Isle Classic on September 1, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland are now available. Emerald Isle Event Schedule On Friday, August 31, the Notre Dame-Ireland Celebration and Pep Rally will be held at O2 Arena in Dublin. This will be a terrific event that will include entertainment that highlights the Irish culture as well as the traditional Notre Dame pep rally.The event will be open to the public, but tickets are required – $20 each. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds generated from ticket revenue will be donated to local charities in Ireland. A Notre Dame football weekend tradition, Mass, will be relocated to historic Dublin Castle for the game. Held on game day morning at 9 a.m., join Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and University President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., celebrate Mass. Immediately following Mass, the Notre Dame Tailgate will kickoff in Temple Bar – just a short walk from Dublin Castle. Located throughout the Temple Bar area, the tailgate will bring all the Notre Dame fans together to enjoy the best of Ireland prior to the game. Appearances to include the Notre Dame Marching Band, the Leprechaun, the cheerleaders and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Check back often as additional events and information will be added!
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith were selected 13th and 29th, respectively, in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Floyd was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, while Smith was selected by the Minnesota Vikings. Floyd is the highest-drafted player from Notre Dame since defensive tackle Bryant Young was the seventh-overall selection by San Francisco in the 1994 draft. This is also the first time the Irish have had two players drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1994 (three players were selected in first round in ‘94). Smith will team up with center John Sullivan (’07) and tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson (’07) in Minneapolis.
The Shirt 2012 was unveiled on Friday prior to the Blue-Gold game by head coach Brian Kelly. This year marks the 23rd year of The Shirt and commemorates 125 years of Notre Dame football. Golden Tate is featured on the front with Irish legends Allen Pinkett, Robert Hughes and Tim Brown on the back. Click here to purchase The Shirt 2012 and wear it with pride every Notre Dame Game Day!
On Saturday, April 21 the Notre Dame football team held its 83rd annual Blue-Gold game. Check out the video below for highlights of the game. The Defense topped the Offense, 42-31, in front of 31,582 fans at Notre Dame Stadium. That is the 5th-largest crowd in Blue-Gold game history.