Emerald Classic

Yes, I have a bad habit of doing this… but this post is long (in terms of loads of photos) ha ha.

BUT, last weekend, Norte Dame and Navy played a game here in Dublin. The news reported that 35,000 – 40,000 Americans flew into Dublin for the game.

The USS Fort McHenry – carrying 350 sailors and 400 Marines – in Dublin the morning before the game.

The morning of the game, there was a tailgate in Temple Bar. On the news the night before, a broadcaster spent like 5 minutes explaining what a tailgate was, it was pretty funny. But then after talking to a few friends of ours, I realized that a lot of people here don’t know what they are. Which makes sense, because I think it only ever happens before American football games.

Tailgate in Temple Bar… apparantly a farmer decided to bring his cow? Not sure what’s happening…

Video of the marching band going through temple bar…

So we went around to check out some of the festivities. When we first walked out of our apartment, we saw that there were people selling scarfs everywhere. Looking back, I kind of regret not getting one…

The shops right outside our apartment – notice the Navy and American flags? 🙂

One of the MANY stands selling scarves

Each hotel, pub, and restaurant had American flags or little events going on inside. Some of the stands were even allowing people to pay in US dollars.

Nearby hotel with a mini tailgate

al the people around town

Americans being led to the stadium buy the guy who plays bagpipes at Glendalough

cheerleaders near the stadium

The team at the stadium

The team played at the Aviva stadium, which is where the Rugby team usually plays. It was so amazing seeing everyone here. It REALLY made me miss game days on campus at KU.

The day of the game, Toby happened to check facebook and saw that someone he went to elementary, middle, and high school with just happened to be in town for the game from Stilwell, Kansas. CRAZY! So after the game, we met up with her and her boyfriend and they got to catch up a little bit. It was so strange that someone from back home just happened to be in town! Toby hadn’t seen this girl since they graduated high school in 2001.

This weekend I also took a little trip with Keeley to the beach (Sandymount Strand). I’ve come to realize that I really need to go there more often, because I LOVE it there! Now commence cute dogs photos…

While at the beach, Keeley made a new friend…

Then somehow while running around, Keeley managed to rip her Dew Claw out of her paw, and of course, it happened AFTER the vet closed, so we had to bandage her up. So we’ll have to take her in first thing tomorrow.

LASTLY (then I promise this post will end) I made more food. So I figured I’d share! 🙂

Easy Garlic Chicken

Slightly adapted from Food.com


  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of olive oil


Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), and lightly grease a casserole dish

In a small pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender

Remove from heat, and stir in the brown sugar

Place chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish, and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture

Add salt and pepper to taste

Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes (now, my new oven is a convection oven – so things cook faster. I definitely in my oven would not have cooked it for longer than in mine, but if yours isn’t a convection oven, you may need to cook it slightly longer)

I also made it it with some potatoes. These are something I just sort of made up as I went. I cut up about  a kilo (2 pounds) of baby potatoes. You toss them in olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and 2 sprigs of rosemary.

Cook at 200C (400F) for 30 minutes and their done!


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