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Ireland LOVES sport. Per capita, there can’t be many countries that sustain so many high-end sporting entities, from the four internationally competitive rugby sides to astonishing GAA (Gaelic football and hurling) clubs that seem to exist in almost every neighbourhood. There’s even an unlikely pro ice hockey team in Belfast (the Giants) and the chance to explore unusual outings like Footgolf or kitesurfing, and indulge in abundant sea swimming.
It’s the iconic spots you’ll really want to explore, though, naturally. Check out the very best venues to tour, or catch a game, below…
Irish horse racing has long been a national institution, with the array of breeders and trainers known globally in racing circles as being some of the best found anywhere. There are a more than twenty venues in total, including Leopardstown (Dublin) and The Curragh (Kildare). Ballybrit is extra-special due to one of the biggest events in the Irish sporting calendar, the Galway Races. The week-long sporting festival in late July/ early August is accompanied by Galway’s biggest, most raucous street party and attracts visitors from around the world. Ballybrit also hosts a few lesser-known events through the year. Incredibly, there has been racing here since 1764.
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