The Six Nations Rugby Tournament is followed by fans all over the world, including Cincinnati. The rugby fans in Cincinnati have very limited ways to follow the sport. Over the years, some of the local bars have attempted to show matches, but there have been many technical difficulties that have not made this a sure thing. To have a sure thing, a number of my friends have purchased the NBC rugby package and we watch the matches in the comfort of a home. One of the homes is owned by an Irishman and he thought it would be a good idea to take the show on the road and watch a match in Dublin. It sounded like a good idea at the time and it turned out to be a great idea.
There is nothing like being shown a city by a local and we received the royal treatment. Not only did our host ensure that we experienced the best of his hometown, but his mates joined in to add that touch of local color that is priceless.
The first thing we did upon arrival was head to a pub. It turned out to be my favorite and it was just across the street from our hotel. Great planning!
We made our way to the Guinness Brewery just to make sure all was well.
After great dinner at a restaurant in a hotel that is owned by U2, we visited a few pubs on our way back to the hotel.
The next day was what we came to Ireland for: Ireland vs Wales in the third week of the Six Nations.
You could tell by the scoreboard that the Irish fans were happy with the results. There was a lot of action and Johnny Sexton played a great game even though his kicking left a lot to be desired. He doesn’t get shaken when the chips are down and his passing was great. Very fun to watch.
As we left the stadium, I was wondering if there would be any pubs open in this city after a great victory on the pitch for the local team…there was! Lucky for us they were showing the next match of the day: England vs. Scotland.
The next day we thought we should stroll around the city. We saw the parks, a museum and then walked around Trinity College (founded in 1592). A great way to conclude our trip. Oh and maybe just another pub.
Week three results
France 34-17 Italy
Ireland 37-27 Wales
Scotland 25-13 England
With these latest results, Ireland is the only undefeated team.