Basketball in Ireland

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Basketball Ireland (B.I.) is the national governing body for the sport of basketball in Ireland. Both men's and women's professional basketball is divided into two leagues. The stronger of the two is the Men's and Women's Premier League, while just below that are the Division One leagues. Between these leagues, there are currently 34 professional basketball teams throughout Ireland. 

Outside of the professional level, the college basketball has taken great strides in Ireland. Similar to the United States, college basketball in Ireland is broken up into three divisions for both men and women. There are many colleges in Ireland that make up these divisions and they are eager to play international competition!

For many Americans with Irish ancestry, a trip to Ireland is like a trip to the homeland. For others, visiting the dynamic sites of Ireland and learning about the dramatic history and rich culture of the island peaks their interests. Among Ireland’s lush, green hills are ancient castles, hearty meals, and friendly locals. Ireland has a memorable variety of castles because of the country's history with England. When England came to forcibly settle Ireland, they built castles to protect the British citizens from Irish natives. As a result, many of the castles in Ireland were built by England. In retaliation, the Irishmen constructed their own castles to better fight against the British invaders. An adventure of Ireland will bring you closer to this fascinating Irish history and famous sites such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Cliffs of Moher, the Belfast Castle, and the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Experience the haunting, beautiful landscapes and the inspiring history of Ireland while participating in the Irish passion for rugby.

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Dublin City Tour

 

AM: In a city as diverse as Dublin, there is something for everyone. Begin the guided tour with a visit to some popular historic sites including St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College (Book of Kells). Next we'll see Dublin Castle and the remnants of Dublin's earliest inhabitants, the Vikings. 

 PM: Have the opportunity to pursue your personal interests in the city: shop on Grafton Street, explore the atmospheric Temple Bar district, or take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Cap off the group visit to Dublin with a late afternoon game. 

 

(Sleep in Dublin)

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Limerick

 

Just a few hours north of Killarney, we will have the opportunity to spend the whole day enjoying city sites like St. John’s Cathedral and the notable King John’s Castle.

 

 

(Sleep in Limerick)

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Coastal Ireland

 

AM: Following the Irish coast, we'll drive through many pretty villages until reaching the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above sea level and highlight magnificent, lush landscape. 

PM: After spending the morning at the Cliffs, we'll head inland to discover the Burren, a unique geographical treasure and protected National Park.

 

(Sleep in Galway)

 

 

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