The University of Dubuque Spartans lead by Coach Stan Zweifel departed for Ireland on Monday, May 21st with a highlight of their journey being an international game against the extremely successful Dublin Rebels victors in the last two Shamrock Bowl’s earning them the ‘national title’ on the Emerald Island. This is Dubuque’s second tour with American Football Worldwide after a tour to both Barcelona, Spain and Toulouse, France where they defeated the Toulouse Ours (Bears) in 2014.
Dubuque landed in Dublin then headed west to mystical Galway Bay with stops in County Meath to visit Trim Castle, featured in the Academy Award winning film Braveheart, and Athlone before settling in Galway for a couple days in this festive city. The Spartans will then head south along the Atlantic Coast for a stop at the famed Cliffs of Moher. From there they will proceed to Limerick where they will have a chance to co-practice with members of the University of Limerick American football club team. The next day will involve touring of Limerick including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park along with St. John’s Castle at the estuary of the all-important Shannon River.
On Saturday, May 25th the Dubuque Spartans drive to Dublin for an afternoon ‘road’ game against the two-time defending champions in Ireland. The Dublin Rebels, currently sporting a 3-1 season, have won 8 of the last 15 Shamrock Bowl titles establishing their tradition of success. The game will be played with at the Sportslink Complex in Furry Park north of Dublin city centre with kick-off scheduled for 3:00 pm. After the game the Rebels will host a post-game meal and social where members of both teams will share their interests in the game and forge new friendships made through football.
The remaining couple of days the Spartans will visit various highlights of Dublin including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Croke Park and the Gaelic Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Christ’s Church, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse and more.
The Spartans return home to the USA on Wednesday, May 29th.