What a time to be alive!
There’s something about sport in this country that gets our hearts beating together as one. When one of our own excels on world stage, the entire country gets behind them.
As we look at the coming weeks, there are some landmark dates on the Irish sporting calendar.
In two and a half weeks, a ten-day period will kick-off what could define 2017 as a sporting year for the country.
On Saturday, August 26 the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which is taking place between Dublin and Belfast, will culminate with the final in Kingspan Stadium.
Later that night over in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will face off in a boxing ring, as the undefeated American is looking to stretch his record to 50-0. Though the Dubliner’s first foray into the world of professional boxing is not expected to yield a success, it is the outside chance of an unmerciful shock which is appealing to so many.
Just a few hours later, on Sunday, August 27 Dublin and Tyrone will face off with a place in the All-Ireland football final at stake. The Ulster and Leinster champions line out for what many are billing as the biggest game of 2017 to date.
Unfortunately, after the highs of that weekend, we will have to crawl through the week until the next taste of major action. But fear not, on Saturday, September 2 Martin O’Neill’s Ireland team take the next steps in their quest to qualify for the World Cup with a tricky trip to Tbilisi in Georgia.
As we wait for the top of the table clash against Serbia on the following Tuesday night, we’ll have to make do with the small matter of the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday afternoon. Can Galway end 29 years of hurt? Or will the winner of Cork vs Waterford triumph?
So yeah… A pretty dull ten days in store…