Tim Springfield – Director of Track & Field (June 15, 2013)
We arrived in Dublin on Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. Not a lot is happening in Dublin at 5:00 a.m. on a Tuesday, but we dropped off our luggage and began getting our bearings of our downtown neighborhood. Dublin is a fairly compact city, and we were in walking distance to Trinity College and most of the major historical sites—St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Castle, and the Abbey Theatre.
Most of us went on a free walking tour led by an unemployed actor. It was a good way to see the major sites, although I'm not sure that we learned much Irish history. On the other hand, we did learn a lot about unemployed Irish actors.
We trained in local parks—the distance runners did a fartlek in Phoenix Park, which is larger than Central Park in New York. We met the captain of Trinity College's track team who was setting up their grass track (think Chariots of Fire) for an all-comers meet the day we left. Some members of the Trinity College team will be competing with us at Limerick.
After two days in Dublin, we took a charter bus across the Island to Limerick University, our host for the first competition. The dorms here have balconies overlooking the beautiful River Shannon. A running trail runs along the river for miles.
Our hosts at the University have been incredibly gracious and welcoming. They threw us a little party last night with hamburgers, singing, and Irish dancing. Turns out that some of us can sing better than others.
Today some of us we will head out to tour the Cliffs of Moher and others are heading to visit the village of Bunratty. Tomorrow we compete!