The Aviva Stadium, amongst Ireland’s other top-class venues, will host a flurry of fantastic sporting events in 2013. Here are some of the highlights:
Heineken Cup Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin – 18th of May
One of the most prestigious prizes in domestic rugby will decide its winner at the Aviva Stadium this year. It could have been a special year for Leinster; the Irish side have already made Heineken Cup history by winning the competition twice in a row, but won’t be making an unprecedented third consecutive win, having crashed out in the pool stages. Toulon are tipped by many for victory this year and with four wins under their belt, have won it more times than any other side already.
World Cup qualifiers, Ireland v Austria, Aviva Stadium – 26th March
Having made the European Championships last year, and providing a great account of themselves, The Republic of Ireland will be hoping to mark a great decade for Irish football by reaching the Brazilian World Cup in 2014. Their group is a difficult one, with, Sweden, Austria, The Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan all vying for the one remaining qualification spot after group favorites Germany, who beat Ireland 6-1 last time the sides met.
Dublin Horse Show, The Royal Dublin Society – 7-11th August
Steeped in history, this equestrian event has become a hallmark of Dublin culture since it was founded in 1864. In a grand celebration of Ireland’s affinity with horses, The Dublin Horse Show will attract tens of thousands of people from Ireland and the rest of the world come August. Ticket-holders can look forward to performances from The Garda Band, Celtic Rhythm, Rainbow as well as fantastic eating options, from snacks to a full restaurant service.
Special Olympics Swimming, Dublin Aquatic Centre – 28th- 29th June
Team Ireland’s Special Olympics team returned home from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea with 12 medals (three gold, six silver, three bronze) and six Place Ribbons. 1 of these medals were secured in the Alpine Skiing Competition, while the floorball team securing the other. Next up, at the Dublin Aquatic Centre, Special Olympics Swimming will take place on the 28th- 29th June 2013
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