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Emerald Isle Classic - Notre Dame v. Naval Academy

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Fun event in Dublin this past weekend as a large contingent of American football fans flocked to Ireland for the Emerald Isle Classic.  The game itself was a total blowout but entertaining nonetheless.  The weeks entertainment was provided by Temple Bar area, meat pies and strong stouts.  Pregame entertainment was awash all over the streets of Dublin.  Pubs overflowed with fans of all kinds and each team held electric pep-rallies and tailgates (despite there being no parking lots as Aviva Stadium was built in the middle of a neighborhood — I really love some things non-American).  Fourth quarter entertainment was the midshipmen playing a game of pass with other fans in the stadium.  Again something you would never see in the U.S. as the Irish security seemed to be getting a kick out of numerous failed attempts at getting the football into the upper deck rather than trying to wrangle the ball away from would be QBs.  Post game the revelers spilled into cobblestoned streets and headed back into the pubs or back to the hotel for a short nap rally.  By 3AM fans were either stumbling down Crow Street, asleep in their non-AC / heater bedrooms, or waiting for bus transfers to the airport.  Whatever the case it seems everyone happily wore their Dublin Dazed Expression with pride.  Like St. Patrick’s Day in the States, here everyone celebrated what little Irish exists in their lineage to the fullest.

The following photos are from the weekends events from a Navy fan’s perspective (as was my assignment).

Enjoy!

Fans gather at St. Stephens Square for the U.S. Naval Academy Pep Rally one day before the Emerald Isle Classic.

Fans gather at St. Stephen's Square for the U.S. Naval Academy Pep Rally one day before the Emerald Isle Classic.

The Naval Academy Cheer Team with Secretary of the Navy and the USNA Superintendent.

The Naval Academy Cheer Team with Secretary of the Navy and the USNA Superintendent.

Musical entertainment at Naval Academy Pep Rally.

Musical entertainment at Naval Academy Pep Rally.

The Chief of Naval Operations rallies the US Naval Academy fans on St. Stephens Green.

The Chief of Naval Operations rallies the US Naval Academy fans on St. Stephen's Green.

Irish school lads and a Bill the Goat.

Irish school lads and a Bill the Goat.

Midshipmen settle in to their pregame routine.

Midshipmen settle in to their pregame routine.

CBS before the mids.

CBS before the mids.

Notre Dame fans before a sea of Navy fans.  See if you can guess which Navy fan in this shot is my favorite.

Notre Dame fans before a sea of Navy fans. See if you can guess which Navy fan in this shot is my favorite.

Emerald Isle Classic kick off.

Emerald Isle Classic kick off.

U.S. Naval Academy #34, would later go on to catch their only touchdown of the day.

U.S. Naval Academy #34, would later go on to catch their only touchdown of the day.

The Midshipmen celebrate their touchdown.

The Midshipmen celebrate their touchdown.