As soon as football schedules were published and I heard that my alma mater, Navy, would be playing Notre Dame in Ireland, I started planning our trip across the pond! Who wouldn’t want to go all the way to Ireland to watch a football game??
It was going to be a family event with my parents, sister and husband. The first family trip since my high school graduation when we visited England and Scotland – 12 years earlier.
Well, our family trip changed a little bit when we found out we were pregnant. However, one thing that never crossed my mind was canceling our trip. We were going to bring this baby with us! By that time, he would be 6 months old.
I was SO worried about how Liam would behave on the flight but in reality he did great! I will be posting some of my tips for flying with an infant in a future post.
We were still smiling, so it couldn’t have been that bad, right?
The Emerald Isle Classic was the first sporting event in Dublin’s new Aviva stadium’s 2-year history to sell out in advance. Navy and Notre Dame both have a very loyal fan base (obviously) that are willing to travel. In fact, over 35,000 Americans filled the streets of Dublin prior to the game. Talk about crowded!
So what did we come for?? Ok, I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a good turnout by the Navy players who would give Notre Dame a run for their money….I can hope, right? That didn’t happen…not even close!
Ohhhh the good old days of march-on. The Navy never really could march-on. Although, look at the drum and bugle corps – you can tell that is a shamrock, right?
We had so much fun at the game! In fact, so much fun that Liam slept through part of it. You can’t blame him though when the score was…..
Yikes! Notre Dame v Navy Final Score 50-10. Good thing we really didn’t come all of the way to Ireland just for some football.