With St Partick’s Day for 2014 falling on Monday this year, we’re all looking forwards to an extra long weekend. There are plenty of sporting events on the 17th and the weekend beforehand. Here we take a quick look at a handful of them.
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St Patrick’s Day sees the final of the AIB GAA Football All Ireland Senior Club Championship, with Castlebar Mitchels taking on St Vincents at the Páirc an Chrócaigh (Croke Park), commencing at 3.45pm. This is only Castlebar Mitchels’ second appearance in the final, having lost to Nemo Rangers in 1994. St Vincents have won the title twice, in 1976 and 2008.
The Gannon Cup
On Sunday the 16th the annual University Boat Race takes place on the River Liffey between University College Dublin and Dublin University. There are a series of races which start at 9.30am, but the main race starts at O’Connell Bridge at 11am. The race runs over a 2km course, taking in many of Dublin’s historic landmarks along the way.
The St Patrick’s Festival 5k Road Race
This race will take place for the seventh consecutive year, commencing at noon on the 16th. The race starts close to the Dawson Street junction with St Stephen’s Green, and encircles the city finishing up back at the Green. Celebrations takes place afterwards at the Fire Restaurant, which is adjacent to the Mansion House on Dawson Street.
League of Ireland
The 2014 League of Ireland season enters its second week during the St Patrick Festival, with six games taking place on the evening of the 14th. The current champions, St Patrick’s Athletic, take on University College Dublin at home, whilst new boys Athlone Town are also at home, to Shamrock Rovers. Last term’s runners-up Dundalk welcome Limerick to Oriel Park, whilst Derry City play Cork City, Bray Wanderers play Sligo Rovers and Bohemians take on Drogheda United. All games kick off at 7.45pm.