It may be the All Ireland Hurling Final this weekend but Dublin City centre is currently being taken over by American rather than Kilkenny and Tipperary fans.
Here are ten things that you might find useful in conversation around the big game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
The match between Boston College and Georgia tech is one of the highlights of the season opening weekend and will be televised live on ESPN 2 to an audience of millions across the US. The match will kick off at shortly after 1230pm at the Aviva Stadium.
Following a high profile foul up last year the College Football Authorities are trialling a new collaborative replay system this season where calls on the field will be reviewed not only in the stand but at the ACC HQ in Greensboro. That’s over 4,000 kilometres away but all the decisions will be relayed in real time. That’s a fair challenge for the Aviva broadband system.
If you can’t make it to the big game on Saturday why not sample the buzz of US sport by checking out the Welcome parade featuring marching bands, cheerleaders, players and supporters and winding its way from Parnell Square down O’Connell Street, over the Liffey and into Trinity College from 1630 on Thursday.
The Boston College CEO’s Club Global Forum will take place on Friday and gather a collection of some of the most influential business leaders across the US and Ireland to hear from Coca Cola Global Chairman and CEO Mukhtar Kent.
Friday Night Lights
As a curtain raiser to the main event there will be three High School games of Football taking place at Donnybrook Stadium at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Well OK it’s not quite Friday night and won’t be under lights but High school Football is great to watch and kids go free with adults asked to make a €10 voluntary donation.
IDA Business Breakfast
From 8am to 10am on Friday at the Royal College of Physicians, the IDA is hosting a business breakfast looking at how it helps US companies to locate in Ireland. Given the news this week it is unlikely that Apple will feature as part of the discussion but big US companies here including Coca Cola, State Street, Microsoft and more most likely will.
Through the night
Georgia Tech will practice in Atlanta on Wednesday then fly through the night to arrive in Dublin on Thursday. Their schedule for day one includes Breakfast, Lunch, Practice, Dinner and a Movie.
Aer Lingus are the main sponsors of the College Football Classic. They are being supported by Failte Ireland, Dublin City Council, Grant Thornton, The Loop at Dublin Airport, Waterford Crystal, Enterprise Ireland, Abbey Ireland, Glen Dimplex, IDA Ireland, Coca Cola and the Compass Group. The event is being managed by Corporate.ie.
Trinity College is the base for the pep rallies, tailgate parties and welcome village that bring the game right into the heart of the city centre. The village will be open 12-9pm on Thursday and Friday and 9am until 10pm on Saturday where celebrations are planned for after the game as well.
Boston College is the only US University with a campus in Ireland and will be opening its doors to the public on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm.