Dublin's 'Irish' Pot of Gold

Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish charge out of the tunnel into Notre Dame Stadium before playing USC"And we're gonna go go go! And we won't stop until I find the best pint in Dublin!" Copyright University of Notre Dame / Photo by Matt Cashore

Dublin's ailing hospitality industry has found its pot of gold.  The rainbow leads to South Bend, Indiana.

When Notre Dame travels to Dublin's magnificent Aviva Stadium to play Navy on September 1, about 30,000 Fighting Irish fans will travel across the Atlantic to cheer them on.  Add that to Navy's 5,000 spectators and an additional 5,000 ticket-less revelers for the weekend, and suddenly Dublin's  hospitality industry is anticipating a €23 million windfall - that's about $30 million - over one weekend.

Fans flooded Dublin hotels when tickets to the Emerald Isle Classic went on sale, rapidly surpassing the expected attendance of 25,000.  Now, with Dublin's hotels happily bursting at their brick seams, visitors are seeking short-term apartments for €360, or $500, each night.

As far as Notre Dame and Navy are concerned, the international showcase clash between two of college football's oldest competitors is an unparalleled chance to expand the international profile of their schools and their teams.

Patrick Counihan has the scoop at IrishCentral (not affiliated with Notre Dame).

Head to photos.nd.edu for more great photos of Notre Dame's own Fighting Irish.

 by Michael Rodio

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