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2013 WrestleMania and Ireland

Craig Ferguson On Behalf of Ireland 2/16/2013 [Type text]


Table of Contents Table of Contents Summary __________________________________________________________________ 1 1. History of Dublin ________________________________________________________ 2 2. Wrestling/WWE and Ireland ______________________________________________ 5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.3.1 2.3.2

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Ireland and WWE__________________________________________________________ 5 Ireland and Wrestling ______________________________________________________ 5 Ireland and Wrestlers ______________________________________________________ 6 David John "Fit" Finlay, Jr ________________________________________________________ 6 Seamus ______________________________________________________________________ 8

WrestleMania _________________________________________________________ 10 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6

Location ________________________________________________________________ Stadium Design __________________________________________________________ Capacity ________________________________________________________________ Interactive Map __________________________________________________________ Seating Plan _____________________________________________________________ Transport to Croke Park ___________________________________________________

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3.6.1 Directions ___________________________________________________________________ 13 3.6.2 Parking _____________________________________________________________________ 13 3.6.2.A City Centre Car Parks _____________________________________________________ 13 2.1.1 Transportation _______________________________________________________________ 15

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Arenas _______________________________________________________________ 16 4.1 4.1.1 4.1.2 4.1.3 4.1.4

4.2 4.2.1 4.2.2 4.2.3 4.2.4

4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4

4.4 4.4.1 4.4.2 4.4.3 4.4.4

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RDS Arena ______________________________________________________________ 17 Web site ____________________________________________________________________ 17 Location ____________________________________________________________________ 17 Transport ___________________________________________________________________ 17 .Seating map_________________________________________________________________ 18

The Point/O2 ____________________________________________________________ 18 Web site ____________________________________________________________________ 18 Location ____________________________________________________________________ 18 Transport ___________________________________________________________________ 18 Seating map _________________________________________________________________ 19

The Convention Centre ____________________________________________________ 20 Web site ____________________________________________________________________ 20 Location ____________________________________________________________________ 20 Transport ___________________________________________________________________ 20 Seating map _________________________________________________________________ 20

Dublin Bus ______________________________________________________________ 23 DART ___________________________________________________________________ 24 Luas____________________________________________________________________ 24

Restaurants and Nightlife _______________________________________________ 27 7.1 7.2

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Web site ____________________________________________________________________ 16 Location ____________________________________________________________________ 16 Transport ___________________________________________________________________ 16 Seating map _________________________________________________________________ 16

Hotels _______________________________________________________________ 21 Transport in Dublin_____________________________________________________ 23 6.1 6.2 6.3

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Aviva Stadium ___________________________________________________________ 16

Restaurant’s _____________________________________________________________ 27 Nightlife ________________________________________________________________ 27

Tourism ______________________________________________________________ 29 8.1 8.2

Dublin __________________________________________________________________ 29 Ireland _________________________________________________________________ 33

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Table of Contents 9. Weather _____________________________________________________________ 37 10. Currency ___________________________________________________________ 46 11. Airport _____________________________________________________________ 47 11.1 11.2

About Dublin airport ______________________________________________________ 47 Locations flying from Dublin________________________________________________ 48

12. Contacts ___________________________________________________________ 49 Appendix 1 _______________________________________________________________ 50 Appendix 2 _______________________________________________________________ 51

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Summary Summary I have been a wrestling and WWE fan for as long as I can remember, I will be 29 this March. I have been attending WrestleMania and WWE live events since I was legally allowed with my friends (18 years of age in Ireland); my first WrestleMania was WrestleMania 20 in MSG, NY.

Objectives The objectives of this document are:  Promote Dublin, Ireland as a world class city to host WrestleMania  List all Arenas that can host the show, post-shows and value-added shows.  List all accompanying information i.e. hotels, restaurants, tourism highlights.

Methods I will use various methods to support these options including company websites, CSO statistics and journalism articles.

Contact Details NAME:

Craig Ferguson

E-MAIL:

cfergusonuk@gmail.com

TELEPHONE:

00353-87-941-4364

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History of Dublin 1. History of Dublin 917 – 1014: Dublin was the Viking world’s largest city and traded from Iceland to Constantinople. The first genuine ruler of all Ireland - High King, Brian Boru - was rebelled against by Dublin Vikings and the Leinster Irish. With the aid of Vikings, Brian crushed his foes, then was himself slain, in an epic battle at Clontarf in 1014.

1014 – 1170: The Vikings adopted Christianity and founded Christ Church Cathedral. In 1169, the deposed Irish King MacMurrough sought help from south-west Wales Normans who, under their leader Richard FitzGilbert de Clare (Strongbow), seized Dublin.

1171 – 1399: In 1171 Henry II landed with a great army, and made Dublin the capital of the Normans' Irish territory and the heart of the Norman and English colony. Christ Church was rebuilt in the Gothic style and work began on St Patrick’s Cathedral. In 1317 Scottish King Robert the Bruce and brother Edward failed to take the city, but much destruction ensued. In1348 the city was gripped by the Black Death.

1399 – 1603: English royal control of Ireland shrank during the 14th and 15th Centuries to coastal towns and an area round Dublin known as the Pale. From 1485-1603 the city played a crucial role when Tudor monarchs undertook a re-conquest. In 1603 The Earl of Tyrone submitted and, for the first time, the Crown won control of the entire island.

1603 – 1660: English monarchs decided Ireland should become Protestant. Christ Church and St Patrick’s were taken over and restored. English Civil War broke out in 1642 and many citizens joined the Gaelic Irish rebellion which had begun the year before. Eventually the forces of Parliament prevailed, and defeated royalists and the Irish besieged Dublin at Rathmines in 1649. Oliver Cromwell landed thirteen days later to begin the relentless subjugation of the country

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History of Dublin 1660 – 1691:

A remarkable period of recovery began and, between 1610-1683, the

population rose from 26,000 to 58,000. Instability returned when James II, chased from England, arrived in Ireland via France in 1689. He was given an enthusiastic reception in Dublin but, after defeat by William of Orange at the Boyne in 1690, returned to France.

1691 – 1798: A long peace followed William III’s victory, and Dublin became the British Empire's second largest city. By the middle of the 18th Century, the population was close to 130,000. A magnificent new parliament house (now the Bank of Ireland) was built in 1728 and a splendid gateway and façade for Trinity College completed in 1759 – making College Green the social hub of Dublin.

1798 – 1900: Rebellion by the United Irishmen in1798. The authorities kept the insurrection out of Dublin but the revolt convinced Westminster to close the Dublin Parliament, and the 1801 Act of Union saw Ireland ruled from London. The aristocracy slowly deserted and, while it continued to grow, the city endured severe economic difficulties. Destitute victims of the Great Famine poured into Dublin from 1845-1850.

1900 – 1923: At the outbreak of WWI, the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Citizen Army prepared rebellion. The insurrection began on Easter Monday 1916 and was eventually put down, leaving much of the city centre around the General Post Office reduced to rubble. During the War of Independence, beginning in 1919, much guerrilla fighting took place in the streets, and in May 1921 the Irish Republican Army burned the Custom House. The 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty made Dublin the capital of the Irish Free State. Disagreement over the terms of the Treaty resulted in civil war which began when Free State troops bombarded the Four Courts and buildings in O’Connell Street. The anti-Treaty IRA called a truce in the spring of 1923.

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History of Dublin 1923 – 1965: Dublin remained an elegant but somewhat impoverished city - the capital of a state which, in stages, severed its last links with the British Empire in the 1930s and 1940s and became a republic in 1949. Ireland's 1st Taoiseach (or Prime Minister) Eamon de Valera kept the state - renamed Éire in 1937 - out of WW2. Incidentally, Ireland's first leader, or President of the Executive Council, was WT Cosgrave (1922-32).

1965 – 1991: A long era of peace, with trade agreements with Britain in 1965 and the joining of the Common Market in 1973 heralding spectacular – if uneven – city growth. In 1963, four months before his assassination, President Kennedy visited Ireland. In 1979 Pope John Paul ll - the first reigning Pope to visit Ireland - celebrated mass in front of one million people at Phoenix Park. In 1985 the Irish and British governments signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement giving the Republic of Ireland a consultative role in the NI government. In 1988 Dublin celebrated its Millennium and became European Capital of Culture in 1991.

1990s-present: From the 1990s, the Celtic Tiger economy boomed and many ex-pats – or Irish Diaspora – returned home. House prices vied with those in London, and international music success, from Ireland’s 7th Eurovision Song Contest win (and the birth of Riverdance) to the global domination of rock band U2, further cemented Ireland's new culture of cool. In 1990Mary Robinson became the first female President of Ireland and was succeeded in1997 by current President, Belfast-born Mary McAleese. The feel-good factor spread into sport; back in 1987, cyclist Stephen Roche had won the Tour De France, Ireland beat Italy in the 1994 US World Cup Finals and runner Sonia O'Sullivan won World Championship gold in1995 and Olympic silver in 2000. In 2002 the Euro replaced the Punt as Ireland's currency. (Source: Dr. Jonathan Bardon OBE)

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Wrestling/WWE and Ireland 2. Wrestling/WWE and Ireland This section will detail some past and present history of Ireland, the wrestling industry and WWE.

2.1

Ireland and WWE

For the past number of years WWE has been exclusive to both The Point/O2, Dublin and The Odyssey, Belfast. WWE holds two tours in Ireland every year both in April and in November. It is a wellknown fact that these tours are usually a sell out and comprise of both fans of “wrestling” and strictly “WWE” fans.

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Ireland and Wrestling

Over the past number of years, Ireland has had two main wrestling federations: I.A.W.A – Irish Amateur Wrestling Association Ltd The I.A.W.A was established in 1947. It is associated with freestyle wrestling which is a style of amateur wrestling that is practiced throughout the world and was one of the first sports competed for in the first Olympic Games. I.W.W – Irish Whip Wrestling Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW) is an Irish owned independent professional wrestling promotion established in 2002. The company was named in tribute to Irish professional wrestler Danno O'Mahony, who is credited as the inventor of the "Irish Whip" wrestling manoeuvre. IWW runs shows throughout the whole of Ireland. The company has appeared on Sky One, RTE, TV3, The Wrestling Channel, and recently had a weekly show on Buzz TV. Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW) ran its first two shows in June 2002 in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, which featured wrestler Tatanka, "Middleman" Lee Butler. After these two shows, IWW returned to the ESB National Basketball Arena on October 9 for a show that was headlined by Jake "The Snake" Roberts. During one match at the show, Roberts defeated Flatliner. IWW continued to promote shows around Ireland through 2003 and 2004, which featured the debuts of several wrestlers including Mad Man Manson, Red Vinny, Vic Viper, Bam Katraz, Sheamus O'Shaunessy, Dave Zero and Joey Cabray. On December 2, 2004 IWW held a show Craig Ferguson

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Wrestling/WWE and Ireland in Lucan, Dublin, and the main event featured an FWA British Heavyweight Championship match in which Alex Shane pinned O'Shaunessy with the help of Vinny. Also in 2004, IWW opened up their 'Lock-up' training school in Dublin. Trainers at this school have included Blake Norton, "Middleman" Lee Butler and "The Pukka One" Darren Burridge. Several graduates of the school also went on to become trainers there, such as Bam Katraz, The Ballymun Bruiser, and Bingo Ballance. On occasion guest trainers have made appearances at the school, including D'Lo Brown, A.J. Styles, Kid Kash, Doug Basham, and Tracy Smothers. The training school has also been host to the company's Gym Wars shows which gave up and coming trainees a chance to show their skills to IWW management and to a crowd.

2.3

Ireland and Wrestlers

Ireland has made two mainstream professional wrestlers in the last few years. 2.3.1 David John "Fit" Finlay, Jr Dave Finlay is an Irish semi-retired professional wrestler and road agent from Northern Ireland working for the WWE (formerly known as World Wrestling Federation) backstage as Finlay. He is perhaps best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Finlay has held over twenty championships around the world throughout his career, including the WCW World Television Championship and the WWE United States Championship. Finlay was previously married to his former manager, Princess Paula. Finlay is currently married to a German woman and has three children, the eldest of which, David, was born in Germany. His children are all amateur wrestlers; his eldest son has received an offer to train in the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo and his daughter has won the Georgia State championship. The family reside in southern Georgia, United States. Both Finlay's father and his grandfathers were professional wrestlers, and his sister was a referee. His brother, Albert, was a goalkeeper for Glentoran FC in the Irish League in the late 1960's / early 1970 Finlay debuted in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1995 as the Belfast Bruiser, a nickname he had previously used while in the UK. He feuded with Lord Steven Regal in 1996, including a parking lot brawl on Monday Nitro. During the feud, the Bruiser's matches were often interrupted by The Blue Bloods. At Uncensored, Bruiser won a stiff encounter with Regal by disqualification when the Blue Bloods again rushed the ring and assaulted him;

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Wrestling/WWE and Ireland Regal suffered a broken nose during the match. The feud died down thereafter and the Bruiser disappeared into the midcard. After a hiatus off WCW television, he abandoned the Belfast Bruiser persona and returned under the ring name Fit Finlay while sporting a short, bleached-blond haircut. He was given a push upon his return, which culminated in his winning the World Television Championship on May 4, 1998 after pinning Booker T on Nitro, thus setting off a three-way feud with Booker and Chris Benoit, who was also vying for the title. After Finlay lost the belt to Booker at The Great American Bash on June 14, he fell out of the TV title picture. He then entered a feud with Alex Wright, who was angry at Finlay for having ended the wrestling career of his father, Steve Wright. The feud led to a matchup at Halloween Havoc, where Finlay was pinned by Wright. Trainer (2001–2005) When WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Finlay began working for the company as a trainer for new wrestlers and was eventually put in charge of training the WWE Divas for their matches. He is credited with having enabled the transition of the company's presentation of the WWE Divas from bra and panties-style gimmick matches to critically acclaimed traditional wrestling. United States Champion (2005–2007) Finlay began working on a comeback in 2004, even wrestling in a match against Jamie Noble at a house show in Glasgow, Scotland, and promos began airing for his impending in-ring return in December 2005. His gimmick is that of a proud native Irishman who loves to fight. At the age of 48 Finlay made his first televised WWE match on the January 20, 2006 airing of SmackDown! against Matt Hardy, which ended in a disqualification loss for Finlay. After the match, Finlay dragged Hardy to the steel ring steps and smashed Hardy's face into them with his boot, quickly establishing himself as a villain. This helped to give him the nickname, "The Fighting Irish Bastard". Finlay continued to establish himself on the SmackDown! roster. During February and March 2006, Finlay was involved in a feud with Bobby Lashley which began when Finlay cost Lashley his unbeaten streak by interfering in Lashley's match with JBL at No Way Out. This feud would see the pair brawl on many occasions, including a parking lot segment in which Lashley tried to overturn a car onto Finlay. Later, the pair competed in a Money in the Bank qualifier Lumberjack match that Finlay won. During this

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Wrestling/WWE and Ireland time, Finlay began to wield a shillelagh as a weapon. On April 2, Finlay competed at his first WrestleMania, WrestleMania 22. He faced five other WWE Superstars, from both the Raw and SmackDown! brands in a Money in the Bank ladder match which also included Lashley, who won a last chance battle royal. This match was eventually won by Rob Van Dam. Finlay next entered the King of the Ring tournament on SmackDown!, defeating his first round opponent Chris Benoit before being beaten by his rival Lashley, who advanced to the finals at Judgment Day. Finlay helped the other finalist, Booker T, defeat Lashley in the King of the Ring finals. At the same pay-per-view, Finlay lost to Chris Benoit. 2.3.2 Seamus Stephen “Seamus” Farrelly (Irish: Stíofán Ó Fearghaile) is an Irish professional wrestler and occasional actor, best known by his ring name Sheamus. He is currently signed with WWE. Prior to joining WWE, Farrelly was also a two-time International Heavyweight Champion during his tenure in Irish Whip Wrestling. He is a three-time World Champion, having held the WWE Championship on two occasions and World Heavyweight Champion once. He also won the King of the Ring in 2010 and the Royal Rumble in 2012, as well as the WWE United States Championship once. Farrelly was born in Cabra, Dublin and was raised within the city. His father, Martin, was an amateur bodybuilder. Farrelly speaks fluent Irish, having attended Scoil Caoimhin Primary and Coláiste Mhuire Secondary School, a Gaelscoil. During his school years he sang in the Palestrina Choir until the age of thirteen, as part of which he appeared on the Late Late Show and Live at Three television programmes. He played Gaelic football for the Erin's Isle team where once he was declared sports star of the month. He also played rugby for the National College of Ireland, where he gained a National Diploma. Farrelly is a lifelong supporter of Scottish football club Celtic F.C. and Liverpool F.C. . Farrelly is a former IT technician. He also worked as security for a nightclub which led to him occasionally working personal security for Bono and Larry Mullen, Jr. of U2 as well as Denise van Outen. Irish Whip Wrestling (2004–2006) In May 2004, still using the ring name Sheamus O'Shaunessy, Farrelly returned to wrestling at the newly opened Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW) school in Dublin. He then made his debut

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Wrestling/WWE and Ireland match for the promotion at their Mount Temple show on July 9 against Mark Burns, who he easily defeated. He went on to win a battle royal the following month. WWE (2009–present) On the June 30 2009 episode of ECW, Farrelly made his unannounced debut as a villain under the shortened ring name of Sheamus, quickly defeating a local competitor. Sheamus soon entered into a critically well-received rivalry with Goldust after defeating him on 29 July. After exchanging victories in the following weeks the two appeared on the Abraham Washington Show talk segment leading to a No Disqualification match on 1 September which was won by Sheamus. Sheamus then began a feud with Shelton Benjamin which was hot-shot into a deciding match on 27 October which Sheamus won. On the 3 June episode of SmackDown, Sheamus lost a World Heavyweight Championship match to Randy Orton due to biased refereeing from Christian, beginning a turn from a villainous character to a fan favourite over the following weeks. Two weeks later, he was put in a match against Christian with a stipulation that if Sheamus won, he would be able to compete in the World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Capital Punishment. However he was unsuccessful in the match, and he was punted by Randy Orton after the match Sheamus' face turn culminated in him attacking Mark Henry for being a bully, though he lost to him by count-out at SummerSlam. After this loss, Sheamus went on a 14 match winning streak that ended after outside interference from Christian, with whom he had been feuding. During this time, Sheamus defeated Christian in three consecutive matches at Hell in a Cell, Vengeance, and on Smackdown. He then went on a 12 match winning streak building towards winning the 2012 Royal Rumble. He entered the match twenty-second and won by last eliminating Chris Jericho to earn a main event championship match at WrestleMania XXVIII. On 1 April at WrestleMania XXVIII, Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan in a record eighteen seconds to win his first World Heavyweight Championship

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WrestleMania 3. WrestleMania This section will deal with the prime location for WrestleMania and list such elements as transportation, capacity and seating layout.

3.1

Location

The prime location to host WrestleMania is Croke Park stadium. Stadium Website – http://www.crokepark.ie Stadium Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCYSflQwc7o&feature=youtu.be

Since 1884 the site has been used primarily by the GAA to host Gaelic games, most notably the annual All-Ireland finals in football and hurling. Both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Special Olympics, as well as numerous music concerts by major international acts, have been held in the stadium. During the construction of the Aviva Stadium, Croke Park hosted games played by the Ireland national rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland national football team. In June 2012, the stadium was used to host the closing ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress during which Pope Benedict XVI gave an address to approximately eighty thousand people.

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WrestleMania 3.2

Stadium Design

In the 1980's the GAA decided to investigate ways to increase the capacity of Croke Park. As a result the design for an 80,000 capacity stadium with a three-tier design was completed in 1991. The redevelopment of Croke Park allowed for a main concourse, a premium level incorporating hospitality facilities such as restaurants, bars and conference areas and finally an upper concourse. The project was split into four phases. Four Phases of Redevelopment 1993 - 2005 Croke Park Redevelopment - Cusack Stand Phase One - The Cusack Stand Phase one of the Croke Park redevelopment began in 1993 with the demolition of the old Cusack Stand. By summer 1995 the new Cusack Stand became part of the Dublin skyline. Completed in 1997, this new Cusack Stand is 180m long, 35m high, has a capacity for 25,000 people and contains 46 hospitality suites. As more of a stand-alone project, in mid-1998 a major high technology Museum incorporating numerous items of GAA memorabilia was opened underneath the Cusack Stand. Phase Two - The Canal End Terrace Phase two started in late 1998 with the demolition of the Canal End Terrace and extension of the new stand completed in time for the 2000 All Ireland finals. In April 2006 The Canal End was renamed the Davin Stand, in honour of Maurice Davin, the first president of the GAA. This phase also saw the creation of a tunnel which was later named the Ali tunnel in honour of Muhammad Ali and his fight in Croke Park. Phase Three - The Hogan Stand Phase three saw the building of the new Hogan Stand which completed the stadium's famous 'horseshoe' effect. This required a greater variety of spectator categories to be accommodated including general spectators, corporate patrons, VIPs, broadcast and media services and operations staff.

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WrestleMania Extras included a fitted-out mezzanine level for VIPs along with a top-level press media facility. Phase Four - Hill 16 After the 2003 Special Olympics, construction began in September on the final phase, replacing the old Hill 16 and Nally Stands with modern terraces that increased the capacity of the stadium to 82,300.This final phase was completed and the new Dineen Hill 16 and Nally Terrace were officially opened by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in March 2005. The entire redevelopment of the Stadium cost approx â‚Ź260 million.

3.3

Capacity

Following a redevelopment programme started in the 1990s, Croke Park has a capacity of 76,500, making it the fourth largest stadium in Europe, and the largest not primarily used for association football.

3.4

Interactive Map

An interactive map of the stadium can be found at http://www.crokepark.ie/about/facilities

3.5

Seating Plan

Below is a seating map for Croke Park

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WrestleMania 3.6

Transport to Croke Park 3.6.1 Directions

Croke Park is located in North Dublin Between Drumcondra and Ballybough and is bordered by Jones Road to the west, Clonliffe Road to the North, St James Avenue to the East and the Royal Canal to the South. Please see the Croke Park Transport Network map at the back of this portfolio. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=croke+park&hl=en&ll=53.362436,6.249118&spn=0.007209,0.021136&sll=52.247505,7.11303&sspn=0.059171,0.169086&hq=croke+park&t=m&z=16 3.6.2 Parking Croke Park Stadium is situated in a residential area that has limited parking. Local residents have the right to expect priority on this parking. Patrons and visitors are encouraged to use public transport options - Bus, Rail, DART and LUAS - which all bring you to within 15 minutes’ walk, or less, from the stadium. 3.6.2.A

City Centre Car Parks

Park Rite Preferential rates are available for match goers at City Centre Car Parks. Parking is available at Park Rite locations across the city centre for â‚Ź4 for match day patrons. Click here to download map. Q-Park Pre book Q-Park car parks online to guarantee a space on match days and avail of reduced parking charges. Click here for details of Q Park car parks Note: The Match-Day offer is for GAA matches only and does not cover concerts or other events in Croke Park. To pre-book your parking for such events at discounted rates visit www.q-park.ie

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WrestleMania The price for match-day in Q-Park Clerys is €6 upon presentation of a match day ticket and €5 when pre-booked online. The prices for match-day in Q-Park Usher’s Quay are €4 upon presentation of a match day ticket. This is not available online. Customers can book online by going to https://bookings.parkmagic.net/cpreservations/booking.aspx Conference Centre Parking For Cusack Stand events, parking is available in the outer Cusack Car Park, located to the rear of the stand. Access is via St. Joseph's Avenue, off Clonliffe Road. For Hogan/Davin Stand events, parking is available in the Canal Car Park. This is located off the North Circular Road and accessed via St. Margaret's Avenue (first left after Gills Pub on the corner of North Circular Road and Russell Street). Pedestrian access is from the car park onto Jones' Road to the main entrance for the Hogan Stand.

Conference Centre Parking Map

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WrestleMania 2.1.1 Transportation Croke Park is well served by public transport. Bus, Rail, DART and LUAS transport options can all bring you within 15 minute’s walk of the stadium Bus Dublin Bus offers a high-frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin. While a number of services bring you quite close to Croke Park, many others will get you to the city centre from where the stadium is a 15 minute walk. For further information visit www.dublinbus.ie . Dublin Bus Tours Shuttle Bus service also operates to and from Croke Park. The service will drop and collect patrons from the Hogan and the Cusack side of the stadium. Please see “Dublin Bus Tours” at the end of this portfolio. Rail Both the DART and LUAS networks provide an excellent service from many different parts of Dublin. In most cases parking is available at the various stations along the route. If using DART or LUAS, both bring you within easy walking distance of the stadium. For further information visit www.dart.ie or www.luas.ie . Iarnród Éireann provides convenient travel services for anyone travelling to Croke Park from rail connected locations around the country. In addition to scheduled services, special additional trains are provided on event days. Extra local services are operated to and from Maynooth station on event days. For further information, visit www.irishrail.ie.

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WrestleMania 4. Arenas This shows a table of venues to host all pre and post WrestleMania shows/signings. Arena

Capacity

Location

Aviva Stadium

51,700

RDS Arena

16,500

12 Mins From O’Connell St 11 Mins From O’Connell St

The Point/O2

14,000

The Convention n/a Centre

4.1

Show/Activity

Raw, Smackdown Raw, Smackdown, HOF, AXXESS 11 Mins From Raw, O’Connell St Smackdown, HOF, AXXESS 11 Mins From AXXESS O’Connell St

Public Access DART DART, Bus

Luas, 151

Bus

no

Luas, 151

Bus

no

Aviva Stadium 4.1.1 Web site

http://www.avivastadium.ie/ 4.1.2 Location Aviva Stadium is located in the Ballsbridge suburb of Dublin 4.1.3 Transport There are five entrances into Aviva Stadium and thus five routes: http://www.avivastadium.ie/getting-here/directions-by-route-colour 4.1.4 Seating map

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WrestleMania 4.2

RDS Arena 4.2.1 Web site

http://www.rds.ie/ 4.2.2 Location RDS is located in the Ballsbridge suburb of Dublin 4.2.3 Transport By Car Outside Trinity College, take Nassau Street (N11) for about 150 metres then turn right following the signposts for the R118. Follow the R118 (also known as Mount Street which becomes Merrion Road) for approximately 2km. The RDS Main Complex will be situated on the right hand side. To go to the Simmonscourt Complex continue along the Merrion Road and turn right into Simmonscourt Road. The RDS Simmonscourt Complex is situated on the left hand side after the two office buildings. By Bus The RDS is serviced by bus routes number 4, 7 and 45, which stop outside the Main Hall Entrance to the RDS on the Merrion Road. These bus services can be availed of on Nassau Street outside Trinity College. By Local Train Dublin DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) service also operates from the City Centre to Ballsbridge. Travel southbound to Lansdowne or Sandymount stations.

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WrestleMania 4.2.4 .Seating map

4.3

The Point/O2 4.3.1 Web site

http://www.theo2.ie/ 4.3.2 Location Travelling to The O2 couldn’t be easier. We are situated in the heart of Dublin’s docklands which is well served by public transport. Bus, Rail and DART services all leave you within 20 minutes walk to the venue and the Luas Red Line leaves you right at The O2's doorstep. It therefore makes sense to make your journey by public transport, ensuring you arrive on time and leaving you nothing else to do but enjoy your visit. 4.3.3 Transport LUAS The LUAS RED LINE leaves you at The O2's doorstep. The RED LINE operates from Tallaght station right into the city centre and all the way through to The O2, its last stop. There are extra trams on show nights to cater for the large numbers that use the service on their journey home.

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WrestleMania DART DART networks provide excellent service from many different parts of Dublin. In most cases parking is available at the various stations along the route. Dublin Bus Dublin Bus offers a high frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin to within a 20 minute walk of the Venue. The 151 route operates every 10 minutes during rush hour and will leave you on Castleforbes Rd, the closest stop to the Venue, only 2 minutes walk away. The last bus departs Castleforbes Road at 23.15pm Mon - Sat. For bus services times see www.dublinbus.ie Road Routes If you plan on driving to the show, please note that traffic restrictions are in place on North Wall Quay and on East Wall Road. For patrons walking to and from the venue, please note there are some residential areas in the vicinity. We ask that you respect their right to peaceful enjoyment of their neighbourhood. 4.3.4 Seating map

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WrestleMania 4.4

The Convention Centre 4.4.1 Web site

http://www.theccd.ie/ 4.4.2 Location The CCD sits at the heart of Dublin’s transport hub with excellent air, road, rail and sea connections, meaning The CCD is only minutes from the airport, motorway network, Port Tunnel, rail stations and ferry terminals. 4.4.3 Transport Dublin Bus Dublin Bus offers a high frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin City Centre and the surrounding area. These services include city bus services, Railink, School link, Airlink, Nitelink and DART feeder buses. Dublin Bus also operates day tours and is obliged to provide services to people with disabilities. Taxis Increased availability of taxis in Dublin means that it's easy to travel to and from Dublin city, day or night. There are now nearly 12,000 taxis available in Dublin city. Fares are regulated and tips are at your own discretion. 4.4.4 Seating map http://www.theccd.ie/view-the-venue

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Hotels 5. Hotels Hotel

Address

http://crokeparkhoteldublin.com/ http://www.castle-hotel.ie www.gresham-hotelsdublin.com/ Excise Walk, IFSC Dublin 1 www.clarionhotelifsc.com/ Clarion Hotel Maldron Hotel & Cardiff Lane, Sir John Rogersons www.maldronhotelcardifflane.co Quay Dublin 2 m/ Leisure Club 10 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.themorgan.com/ Morgan Hotel Lower Ormond Quay Dublin www.morrisonhotel.ie/ Morrison Dublin 35-39 Westmoreland St Dublin www.thewestindublin.com/ Westin 8 Wellington Quay Dublin www.theclarence.ie/ The Clarence 1B E Wall Rd East Wall, Dublin www.thegibsonhotel.ie/ Gibson Hotel 59-63 Drury St Dublin 2 www.brookshotel.ie/ Brooks Hotel Clarendon St Dublin 2 http://www.doylecollection.com/l Westbury Hotel ocations/dublin_hotels/the_westb ury_hotel.aspx Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/t Shelbourne Dublin ravel/dubbr-the-shelbournedublin-a-renaissance-hotel/ Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com Fitzwilliam Hotel www.radissonblu.ie/royalhotelRadisson BLU Golden Ln Dublin, Co. Dublin City Royal Hotel dublin Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin www.ocallaghanhotels.com/Dubl O'Callaghan inCity Stephens Green Ballsbridge, Dublin www.schoolhousehotel.com/ Schoolhouse Hotel 8 Parkgate St Dublin 8 www.ashlinghotel.ie/ Ashling Hotel Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en Conrad Dublin /hotels/ireland/conrad-dublinCroke Park Hotel Castel Hotel Gresham Hotel

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Hotels

Clyde Court Hotel Hilton Dublin

Ballsbridge, Dublin Charlemont Place, Dublin, 2,

Burlington Hotel Herbert Park Hotel Croke Park Hotel Four Seasons

Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4 Ballsbridge, Dublin Jones Road, Dublin, Dublin Simmonscourt Rd Dublin 4

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Transport in Dublin 6. Transport in Dublin This section will look at transportation around Dublin

6.1

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the state-owned C贸ras Iompar Eireann Group, operates the Public Service Obligation network in the Dublin Area. It covers a region from Newcastle in County Wicklow to the south, Balbriggan in north County Dublin and Maynooth in County Kildare to the west. Carrying 118 million customers a year, Dublin Bus provides an extensive range of bus services - Cross City, Radial, Orbital, DART Feeder, Airlink, express limited stop commuter services, Nitelink, and Sightseeing tours. Users

can

get

Timetables,

route

information

and

journey

planners

at

http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/ Dublin Bus employs 3,238 full time members of staff and has a fleet of over 900 buses. Over 90 per cent of its buses is low-floor wheelchair accessible and it is expected that the full fleet will be accessible by 2013.

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Transport in Dublin 6.2

DART

Local Travel In Dublin, the electric rail system called the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a quick and easy way to get around Dublin. It runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide or Howth in north County Dublin soutwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow. Users can view a live map of stops at http://www.irishrail.ie/index.jsp?p=119&n=157

6.3

Luas

Luas also promoted in the development stage as the Dublin Light Rail System, is a tram or light rail system serving Dublin, the first such system in the decades since the closure of the last of the Dublin tramways. In 2007, the system carried 28.4 million passengers, a growth of 10% since 2006. There are currently two Luas main lines. The Green line commenced operations on 30 June 2004, while the Red Line opened on 26 September 2004. Since the initial opening both lines have been extended and 'split' into different branches. As of July 2011, the system had 54 stations and 38.2 kilometres (23.7 mi) of track.

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Transport in Dublin The Luas is operated by Veolia Transport, under tender from the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). It is a major part of the Dublin Transportation Office's strategy (2000–2016). There are several extensions as well as new lines at the planning stage. Below is a map of all stops.

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Transport in Dublin National Travel Visitors can travel to cities outside Dublin via Irish Rail www.irishrail.ie/ and Bus Eireann www.buseireann.ie/ Irish Rail Map

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Restaurants and nightlife 7. Restaurants and Nightlife 7.1

Restaurant’s

This section details the restaurants in Dublin Dublin’s high streets has many well-known eating out venues ranging from MacDonald’s, Eddie Rockets and Burger King to TGI Fridays, Hard Rock Café, Captain Americas and the famous Gotham pizza café.

7.2

Nightlife

Dublin has a fantastic nightlife and its pub-to-person ratio is the envy of many cities. The legal drinking age is 18 and a few places will ask for ID (though not nearly as many as a typical American bar, for example). Under 18s are only allowed on premises before 20:00 and even then they must be accompanied by an adult. Some clubs and bars don’t welcome those who are too casually dressed (battered sneakers or runners in particular seem to annoy doormen) so make a bit of an effort. Bars typically serve until about 23:00 Mon-Wed and about 24:00 Thurs-Sat. Late bars and clubs usually serve until 02.30, though if you’re a resident in a hotel you can drink in the residential bar as late as you want (within reason, of course). Indie music venues There’s a veritable hub of bars for music fans, some of which are live music venues linked with traditional bars. On Camden St and neighbouring Wexford St (in the Southside of the city centre), there’s a nice selection of bars for alternative music fans. Clubs The good news - Dublin has a great variety of clubs regardless of your music tastes, sexual preference and nightlife habits. The bad news - most have a cover charge, sometimes between €15-20 on weekends. Most of them close (ie stop serving drink) at about 02:30, but some stay open a little later. The mythical lock-in (when the venue closes the shutters and serves drink long after closing time) happens very rarely - we estimate an average three times in a lifetime - but it does happen.

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Restaurants and nightlife Late bars Not quite pubs, not quite clubs, but essential in a country with such archaic licensing laws, late bars serve much the same purpose as nightclubs (dancefloor, late license...) but are essentially pubs that don’t charge you in (at least before a certain time) but stay open late. They’re often, we think, preferable to clubs and draw a marginally older crowd.

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Tourism 8. Tourism This section will detail the various activities to do in Dublin and Ireland.

8.1

Dublin

Hop on a city tour... Exploring a city is a beautiful thing. Sitting on a bus for two hours… not so much. That’s

why the

Hop-on/Hop-off

tours

offered by Dublin Bus and City Sightseeing are such a brainwave. Stopping at multiple attractions around the city (think Dublin Zoo,

Trinity

College,

the

Guinness

Storehouse), customers are free to hop on and off at their leisure. That means exploring your own interests, at your own pace, in your own sweet way. But there’s more. Quality guides are on hand to offer entertainment and insight, multilingual audio commentary is available, kids go free on certain special offers, and tickets last for 48 hours, meaning you can pick up where you left off the following day. Genius. Enjoy the freedom of the city... Their contents are priceless, but entry to Dublin’s top museums and galleries is free. Just think about the possibilities. That means you could skip from bog bodies at The National Museum of Archaeology to canvases by Caravaggio and Jack B Yeats at the National Gallery. You could check out four centuries of furnishings at The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, before visiting Francis Bacon’s reconstructed studio at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Seven thousand items were meticulously transplanted here from Reece Mews in London, including books, brushes and, erm, several pairs of corduroy trousers. “I feel at home here in this chaos,” Bacon once quipped. It’s a world of riches that won’t cost you a cent. Visit Dublin’s animal kingdom... Over a million visitors pass through the gates of Dublin Zoo every year, and there are just as many reasons to join them. Tucked away in Phoenix Park, the zoo is constantly welcoming

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Tourism new arrivals – baby gorillas, hippos, rhino and red pandas to name but a few. Adult attractions include Harry, a 40-stone silverback lording it over the Gorilla Rainforest (he’s watching you). Habitats range from the sweeping African Plains to a free-flying aviary, a family farm and lots of playgrounds. Modern principles of conservation, education and animal care govern everything and, yes, that includes the humans. The keepers at Dublin Zoo are walking, talking encyclopaedias. Throw them a bone.

Play king of the castle ... You want castles and cathedrals? Dublin has you covered. Take Malahide Castle, home to an amazing banqueting hall, a mischievous ghost named Puck and one of the best playgrounds

in the country. Take Dublin

Castle, dating from 1204AD and still central to the affairs of the nation. A tour of the State Apartments and medieval undercroft is essential here, but don’t miss the Chester Beatty Museum and its excellent Silk Road Café, with Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes. Dublin is also unique in boasting two landmark cathedrals within a short walk of each other – St Patrick’s, where author and satirist Jonathan Swift famously served as Dean, and Christ Church, a chandelier of a building containing the bones of Strongbow.

Drink a drop of Dublin... You can’t visit Dublin without tasting Guinness. Or better still, go the whole hog at the home of the black stuff. The state-of-the-art Guinness Storehouse, located beside the famous brewery at St James’ Gate, wraps several floors of exhibitions and advertising displays around a pint-shaped atrium. You can even learn how to pour the perfect pint (tip: leave it settle for 119.5 seconds) before drinking in 360-degree views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar. Afterwards, enjoy another drop of Dublin on a tour of the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, where you can learn about the triple distilling process before taking tutored sup of the nectar itself. Sláinte! Craig Ferguson

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Tourism Go to gaol... Dating from 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was famous as “a machine for grinding rogues honest”. Or perhaps infamous is a better word… the building stands empty today, but its thick walls, grim graffiti and foreboding atmosphere still evoke a shiver. Watch out for the striking Victorian wing, where scenes from Michael Collins and The Name of the Father were filmed; an AV presentation and guided tour further tease out the jail’s place in Irish political and penal history. Robert Emmet, Charles Stuart

Parnell

and

Eamonn de Valera were all imprisoned at Kilmainham, and the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed by firing squad in the stone-breakers’ yard. Yikes.

Browse the City of Words... Dublin is one of just five UN ESCO Cities of Literature. The words of Nobel laureates like Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Heaney echo in its streets. Statues of writers stand in parks; their names have been given to bridges. Visitors can celebrate Joyce’s Bloomsday, take a literary pub crawl and see the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Literary Dublin is even one of Patricia Shultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. But don’t let this tempt you into thinking it’s all about dead guys. Contemporary writers like Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright and Paul Murray continue to carry the flame, as indeed, do Dubliners themselves, every time they utter the immortal greeting: “What’s the story?”

Pop into a pub... There’s not much to say ABOUT Dublin pubs that hasn’t already been said IN Dublin pubs. These trusty little tabernacles are famous for their creamy pints, cosy snugs and quick-witted

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Tourism craic. Think of Mulligan’s, Kehoe’s, Toner’s or McDaid’s, all dripping with character, all dotted about the city like time machines. “In Dublin, you’re never more than 20 paces from a pint,” author JP Dunleavy once said. But yesterday’s pints of plain are today deliciously diverse. Gastropubs do great grub; hotel bars are shaking up the cocktail scene; quality music, wine and coffee are mixing it up with flip-out fun in Temple Bar. Whatever your taste, there’s a Dublin pub for you.

Open Dublin’s doors... Paris has its beaux arts. Dublin has its Georgian streets and squares. Beaming out from beneath their fanlights, these brightly-painted doors are an iconic image of the city. But where did they come from? The answer lies between 1714 and 1830. In this period, four different Georges held the throne of England, Dublin entered an era of prosperity, and its medieval streetscape got one hell of a makeover. Grand buildings such as the Custom House, stately spaces such as Stephen’s Green and sumptuous interiors like those at the Georgian House Museum are just some of the results on view today. Download a Georgian iWalk, and experience the “gorgeous eighteenth” for yourself.

City by the sea... With so much to do in the city centre, it’s easy to forget that Dublin is a city by the sea. But a short ride on the Dart is all it takes to get out along its sparkling necklace of seaside villages and beaches. Within half an hour you could be bobbing along in a small boat on the way to Dalkey Island, eating Michelin starred food in Malahide, or walking the Victorian pier at Dun Laoghaire. Double that, and you might find yourself eating snap-fresh seafood in Howth, building

sandcastles

on

Portmarnock’s

“Velvet Strand”, or winding your way down wildflower-strewn cliff paths to White Rock beach in Killiney. Dublin Bay even has its own resident dolphins. How many capital cities can say that?

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Tourism Visit the Leprechaun Museum Irish people have told stories about the Leprechaun for more than a thousand years. There are many tales about him and the people he meets. The National Leprechaun Museum, the first ever attraction dedicated to Irish mythology, opens up a fun and magical world

full

folklore,

of

fascinating

mythology

and

enchanting stories. Based in the heart of Dublin, the museum is a national cultural entertainment centre that will take you deep into Irish and Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind the well-known tales of Irish cultural icons - leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold! The museum is a story of 12 chapters taking you to the heart of Irish cultural identity and imagination. Each chapter reflects Irish mythology, or recreates experiences typically associated with leprechauns. The result is a series of captivating, interactive experiences from the first ever sighting back in the eighth century, through to modern day representations of the leprechaun in film and popular culture - and plenty of adventures in between. Feel what it’s like to journey deep beneath the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, open up your minds to the sights and stories of Ireland’s mythical otherworld on a trip to fairy hill. Find yourself in a leprechaun-sized world and take a journey to the end of the rainbow to see if the elusive crock of gold really exists.

8.2

Ireland

The Rock of Cashel The centre of tribal and religious power for more than a thousand years, it became the seat of the Munster Kings in the 5th century. Handed over to the early Christian Church in 1101, the medieval abbey perched on a limestone mount in Tipperary contains rare Romanesque sculpture and carvings celebrating St. Patrick's visit there in 450.

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Tourism The Giant's Causeway Irish mythology claims that the warrior Finn MacCool laid the Antrim causeway himself to enable easy crossing to his lover on Staffa Island off the Scottish coast, where similar basalt columns are found. Formed by volcanic eruptions more than 60 million years ago, the area is a magical mix of looming cliffs and thundering surf—and an awesome reminder of nature's power.

Newgrange Stonehenge and the pyramids at Giza are spring chickens compared to Newgrange, one of the most fascinating sites near Dublin. Built around 5,200 years ago, Newgrange is a passage tomb—a huge mound of earth with a stone passageway leading to a burial chamber constructed entirely of dry stone (mortar wasn't invented yet). Steeped in Celtic myth and lore, these graves were built for the Kings of Tara. Untouched for centuries, the main chamber was excavated in the 1960s and revealed itself as the world's oldest solar observatory, where the sun's rays light up the interior on December 21 each year.

Book of Kells If you visit only one attraction in Dublin, let it be this extraordinary creation housed in Trinity College. Often called "the most beautiful book in the world," the manuscript dates to the 8th or 9th century and remains a marvel of intricacy and creativity. Fashioned by monks probably based on the Hebridean island of Iona, and worked with reed pens and iron-gall ink on a folded section of vellum, the manuscript demonstrates a sense of sublime balance and beauty in elaborate interlaces, abstractions, and "carpet-pages."

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Tourism The Blarney Stone One of the country's most enduring myths, wherein kissing a stone high upon the battlements of a ruined Cork castle bestows a magical eloquence on the visitor, may also be one of its most ludicrous. Grasped by the ankles and hanging perilously upside down to pucker upon ancient rock, you'll certainly have a tall tale to tell the folks back home. Despite the difficulty, there's generally a long line waiting to scale the skeletal remains of Blarney Castle, a strangely derelict edifice in the otherwise neatly groomed estate; try to visit in the very early morning.

Ring of Kerry Ireland's most popular scenic route, the Ring of Kerry is one of Europe's grandest drives, combining mountainous splendor with a spectacularly varied coastline. It's best to escape the tour buses that choke its main road by taking to the hills on foot, by horseback, or by bike.

Aran Islands Famed for their haunting beauty, these three islands set in Galway Bay have lured artists, writers, and multitudes of curious visitors for decades. On Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer you'll find a mode of life that reflects man's struggle against nature. Topped with the stone forts and crisscrossed by ancient "garden" walls, they epitomize solitude—one reason Irish bards like playwright J.M. Synge visited them many times.

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Tourism Waterford Crystal Waterford Crystal is a manufacturer of crystal. It is named for the city of Waterford, Ireland. Waterford Crystal is owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd, a luxury goods group which also owns and operates the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands. Waterford City has been the home of Waterford Crystal since 1783. In January 2009 its Waterford base was closed down due to the bankruptcy of the Wedgwood Group. After several difficulties and takeovers, it reemerged later that year. In June 2010, Waterford Crystal relocated almost back to its original roots, on The Mall in Waterford City. This new location is now home to a manufacturing facility that melts over 750 tonnes of crystal a year. This new facility offers visitors the opportunity to take guided tours of the factory and also offers a retail store, showcasing the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal.

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Weather 9. Weather This report describes the typical weather at the Dublin International Airport (Dublin, Ireland) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable. Dublin has a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 miles of this station is covered by grasslands (53%), oceans and seas (39%), builtup areas (4%), and croplands (3%). Temperature The month of April is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 51°F to 55°F over the course of the month, exceeding 61°F or dropping below 45°F only one day in ten. Daily High and Low Temperature in April

Daily low temperatures are around 41°F, falling below 33°F or exceeding 48°F only one day in ten.

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Weather Fraction of Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands in April

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Weather Sun Over the course of April, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:58 hours, implying an average day-overday increase of 3.9 minutes. The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 13:03 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 15:01 hours of daylight. Daily Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April

The earliest sunrise is at 5:52am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 8:53pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 6:58am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 8:01pm on April 1. Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in April, so the entire month is in daylight time. Daily Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Savings Time in April

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Weather Clouds The median cloud cover is 86% (mostly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. Median Cloud Cover in April

On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 21% of the time, partly cloudy 18% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 56% of the time. Cloud Cover Types in April

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Weather Precipitation The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 71%, with little variation over the course of the month. Probability of Precipitation at Some Point in the Day in April

Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain. Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 71% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 1, when it is observed during 51% of all days. Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 29, when it is observed during 11% of all days. Types of Precipitation Throughout April

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Weather Snow The likelihood of snow falling is highest around April 1, occurring in 7% of days. Probability of Snow Fall Being Reported in a Given Day in April

Humidity The relative humidity typically ranges from 60% (mildly humid) to 95% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 46% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around April 18, at which time the relative humidity drops below 67% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 1, rising above 93% (very humid) three days out of four. Relative Humidity in April

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Weather Dew Point Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Over the course of a typical April, the dew point typically varies from 34째F (dry) to 46째F (dry) and is rarely below 27째F (dry) or above 52째F (very comfortable). Dew Point in April

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Weather Wind Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 3 mph to 18 mph (light air to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 29 mph (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 12 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (fresh breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 25, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze). Wind Speed in April

The wind is most often out of the west (27% of the time), south west (20% of the time), and south east (12% of the time). Wind Directions in April

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Weather Fraction of Time Spent with Various Wind Directions in April

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Currency 10.

Currency

Below is the Currency exchange rate over the last two years This shows the average per 1.00USD is 0.75EUR

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Airport 11.

Airport

11.1 About Dublin airport Not only is Dublin Airport Ireland's busiest airport it is also amongst the ten busiest airports in Europe. Dublin Airport manages an average of 60,000 passengers per day, rising to 80,000 during the peak season, and more than 600 aircrafts movements every day. 1. Operating Hours 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (Closed Christmas Day) 2. Passenger Statistics Passengers per year: 19.1 million in 2012 3. Airlines and aircraft movements Airlines: 55 airlines (31 Scheduled & Charter). Aircraft movements - Up to 600 per day. Routes: 169, (150 Scheduled & Charter). 4. Facilities Number of Runways: 2 Runway Length: r/w 10/28: 2.637m; r/w 16/34: 2.072m Number of Terminals: 2 Terminal 1 - Opened 1972 Terminal 2 Opened November 2010 Car parking spaces: 14,400 long-term and 3,600 short-term 5. Top 10 destinations 1. London (6 Airports) 2. Paris (2 Airports) 3. New York (2 Airports) 4. Manchester 5. Frankfurt 6. Birmingham 7. Amsterdam 8. Malaga 9. Edinburgh 10. Brussels 6. Most popular international destination London 7. Most popular long-haul destination New York 8. Year that Dublin Airport opened 1940

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Airport 11.2 Locations flying from Dublin Bangalore Bangkok

Via London

Beijing Hong Kong Melbourne Atlanta Charlotte Chicago Dallas Houston Las Vegas Lisbon London

Dublin

Los Angeles Madrid Milan Moscow Munich Newark Orlando Paris Toronto

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Contacts 12.

Contacts

Failte Ireland may be contacted at the following address: Failte Ireland 88-95 Amiens Street Dublin 1

Tourist Information: 1890 324 583 / 1850 668 668 Tel: 00353 1 437 0969

Web: www.failteireland.ie www.visitdublin.com www.dublinconventionbureau.com www.dublinpass.ie www.discoverireland.ie

Croke Park may be contacted at the following: info@crokepark.ie Tel: +353 (0)1 819 2300

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Appendix 1 Appendix 1

Get stuck into the match, not the traffic Great value in parking on match days! Q-Park Clerys, from €5 Corner of Cathal Brugha and Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. Only a short walk to Croke Park. Open 24/7. T. 01 8748 902.

Pre-book online, all day parking: €5 Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard or Laser accepted. Pay on arrival: €6. Present your event ticket at the Customer Service Desk on arrival.

Q-Park Four Courts, Usher’s Quay, €4 Directly behind the Topaz petrol station. Entry and exit 24 hrs. T. 01 6790 569. All day parking only €4 every Saturday and Sunday. Customers can take the Luas to Connolly Station.

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Appendix 2 Appendix 2

PARKING FOR CROKE PARK

â‚Ź4 All Day

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING CAR PARKS:

Park Rite Parnell Park Rite Irish life Park Rite IFSC Park Rite Fleet Street Park Rite Arnotts Park Rite Christchurch Park Rite Smithfield Park Rite Drury Craig Ferguson

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SUPER COMBO SAVERS

Hop-on Hop-off Tour + Ghostbus Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Tour + Airlink (Express bus to and from the City Centre and Airport)

c46 c37 save c9

Hop-on Hop-off Tour + South c42 Coast & Powerscourt

c37 save c5

South Coast & Powerscourt c52 + Ghostbus Tour

c47 save c5

c20 single c24 return Airlink + Tour Combination deal is only available from: Dublin Airport T1: • Airlink Tickets & Information, Airlink Stop Travel Information and Discover Ireland Desks – Arrivals Hall

Buy these Combinations only in Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 & Desk 3, Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk St. D2

City Centre: • Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’Connell Street, • Desk 3, Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk St. D2

DUBLIN BUS TOURS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE We provide for your convenience a free pick up service from a number of hotels. Guests staying in accommodation nearby may also avail of this service. Tickets can be bought from your Hotel Reception/Concierge or on board the bus. Please check with your hotel concierge/reception for shuttle times. * Croke Park shuttle does not operate on match or concert days please check with concierge or Dublin Bus for details. Croke Park and Docklands South Coast

Pick Up Location

Cathal Brugha Street to Croke Park Croke Park Hotel Croke Park Museum Drumcondra Road Guest House Cathal Brugha Street to IFSC Abrahams Gardiner Street Four Seasons/Bewley's Hotel Berkley Court Hotel/Mount Herbert Jury's Customs House Ballsbridge Hotel Clarion IFSC The Mespil Hotel The Burlington Hotel Maldron Cardiff Lane Pearse Hotel Trinity Capital St Stephens Green - Tour Stop 7 Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk St. Arriving @ Dublin Bus Head Office

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2

09:45 09:55 10:05 10:10

3

10:20 10:30 10:40 10:45

4

10:50 11:00 11:10 11:15 11:25 11:30

5

11:55 12:05 12:15 12:20 12:25

6

13:35 13:45 13:55 14:00

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14:15 14:25 14:35 14:40 15:00 15:05

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09:31 09:33 09:35

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09:15 09:25 09:30 09:45 09:50

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10:37 10:40

10:00 10:05 10:10

Shuttles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 serve Dublin Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Shuttles 1, 2, 8 and 9 serve South Coast Tour 10.30am Shuttles 1, 4 and 7 serve IFSC, Conference Centre Shuttles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 serve Croke Park

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Croke Park Wayfinding Map

Airport/ Belfast Road

Croke Park is well served by public transport. Bus, Rail, DART and LUAS can all bring you to less than a 15 minute walk from the ground. Why not use public transport and have a completely relaxing day? Dublin Bikes have stations in the vicinity of the stadium. Why not take the healthy option and cycle? Croke Park is situated in a residential area that has limited parking. Local residents have every right to expect to have priority on that parking. Suburban Rail

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And remember the authorities will be continuing their policy of clamping in the area on event/match days. Why risk spoiling a great day out?

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For ease of access on match days the stadium operates a colour coded ticket system. Please note the ticket checkpoints indicated on the diagram below.

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Croke Park is situated in the north Dublin neighbourhood of Drumcondra and is bordered by Jones’s Road to the west, Clonliffe Road to the north, St. James Avenue to the east and the Royal Canal to the south.

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Match Day Stadium Access

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St Margaret’s Avenue

For further information on Croke Park Stadium visit: www.crokepark.ie

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Dublin Bikes Parking non-match days only Docklands / East Link

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Public Transport Options Iarnród Éireann

DART & LUAS

Dublin Bus

Maynooth Leixslip Louisa Br. Confey Clonsilla

Dunboyne/Clonee 70 Mulhuddart 38 38A Drumcondra

The Point

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Docklands

Lucan 25A/B 66A/B 67 Cellbridge 67

Laytown Gormanstown Balbriggan Skerries Rush & Lusk Malahide

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Central Park Glencalm The Gallops Leopardstown Valley Ballyogan Wood Carrickmines Laughanstown Cherrywood Brides Glen

Iarnród Éireann provides convenient travel services for anyone travelling to Croke Park from rail connected locations around the country. In addition to scheduled services special additional trains are provided on event days. These operate to Dublin on the morning of the event and return that evening. Tickets for these trains are sold on www.irishrail.ie in advance of major events. Extra local services are operated to and from Maynooth on event days. These service Drumcondra station which is 5 minutes walk from Croke Park.

Both the DART and the LUAS networks provide an excellent service from many different parts of Dublin. In most cases parking is available at the various stations along the route. If using DART or LUAS - both bring you within easy walking distance of the stadium and both services can get you back to your car really swiftly. LUAS runs additional services to facilitate events at Croke Park. For further information on travel times and connection points visit: www.dart.ie, www.luas.ie

Rathcoole 69 Clondalkin 51/B 68 69 Ballyfermot 78A 79 79A Tallaght 49/A 50 54/A 56A 65B 77A Kimmage 15A 19A 54A Terenure 15A/B 16A 74 74A

Malahide 32A 42 Coolock 27 128 Artane 27/B/C 42/B 43 128 Connolly Station 20B 90 128 130 748

38/A 39A 70 Castleknock 37 38 Cabra 120 121 122

Croke Park Stadium

Dublin City Centre

Palmerstown 25A/B 66A/B Chapelizod 26 66A/B Heuston 90 145

Craughwell Ardrahan Gort

Mid

Maynooth 66 67 Leixlip 66A/B

Finglas 19A 40A/D 140 Swords 33 41/A/B/C 43 Ballymun 13A 4 Airport 16A Glasnevin 13 19 83 41/A/B/C 747 Santry 16A 33 41A/B/C Blanchardstown

N51

Slane

N51

N3

TO BELFAST

Drogheda

N2

Balbriggan

N3

Enfield

N2

Sallins TO LIMERICK AND CORK

Bray 45 Blackrock 7A 45 Ballsbridge 4 5 7A 47 47

= stops within 1km of Croke Park Stadium

Lucan M50 Clondalkin

Rathcoole

N7 N82

Newbridge M7 Ballymore THE M9 Kilcullen Eustace CURRAGH TO KILKENNY N78 N9 AND WATERFORD

Malahide Portmarnock Howth

Finglas Clontarf

Croke Park Stadium N11

N31

Dun Laoghaire Dalkey

N81

Tallaght

N7

Naas

Donabate

Swords

DUBLIN AIRPORT

M4

Clane

Rush

Ashbourne Rathoath

Dunboyne Kilcock M50 Maynooth Blanchardstown Leixlip

N4 TO GALWAY AND SLIGO

Celbridge

For further information on travel times and connection points visit: www.dublinbus.ie

Skerries N1

Dunshaughlin

Dun Laoghaire 7/A 46A 746 Monkstown 7/A Ringsend 2 3

Dublin Bus offers a high frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin. While a number of the services will bring you quite close to the stadium many others will get you to the centre of the city which is also within a 15 minute walk of the stadium.

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Garristown

Howth 31/B Killester 29A 31/A/B 32/A/B 42A Raheny 29A 31/A/B 32/A/B

Stillorgan 11/A 46/A 47 116 118 Donnybrook 10/A 46/A 39A 145 Sandymount 2 3

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N3

N4

Rathmines 14/A 15A/B 83 74 74A Ranelagh 11/A/B 44/B 48A Harold’s Cross 16/A 19A 49/A 54/A

Bettystown

Duleek

Navan Kenstown

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TO CAVAN

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Road Routes

Brittas N81

Blessington

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Kilternan

M11

Bray

Enniskerry

Greystones N11 TO WEXFORD

As we have pointed out, Croke Park is well served by public transport. If, however, you decide to drive to Dublin we would strongly recommend that you plan to park as far away from Croke Park as is possible. By using this download you should be able to easily link up with one of the many forms of public transport that are available. For further information on travel times and traffic reports: www.aaireland.ie

For further information on all scheduled and special services and ticket booking log on to www.irishrail.ie in the weeks prior to matches, or other major events.

Some useful websites

In particular you can consult:

If you are going to Croke Park, either from Ireland or from further afield, there are a large number of websites that can provide you with useful information in relation to specific fixtures, public transport, security and accommodation.

www.crokepark.ie

www.luas.ie

www.ireland.ie

www.irelandhotels.com

www.gaa.ie

www.dublinbus.ie

www.tourismireland.com

www.eircom.net

www.irishrail.ie

www.googlemaps.com

www.dublincity.ie

www.aaireland.ie

www.dart.ie

www.visitdublin.com

www.garda.ie (Irish police)

www.dublinbikes.ie

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