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Dougher's day in Dublin

Members of the Stony Brook men's basketball team

Members of the Stony Brook men's basketball team pose for a photo at Phoenix Park in Ireland. (Aug. 13, 2011) Photo Credit: Stony Brook

DUBLIN -- Yesterday, we landed in Dublin at around 6 a.m. I was fortunate enough to have my parents come along on the trip. They flew from New Jersey and arrived at the airport at the same time as us. It was always a dream of theirs to visit Ireland so what better time to come than this?

It was a long flight, and the time change was brutal, but we couldn’t check into our hotel right away. We spent the extra time taking a guided tour of Ireland. We went to the coast and through the town of Howth. Our tour guide, Jerry, took us out to the cliffs overlooking the water. It was a sight that you don’t normally get to see in New York so we were all very interested. We drove out west to Phoenix Park and got to see where the President of Ireland lived. His house looked almost identical to the White House in Washington, D.C. We were able to see many of the churches and cathedrals that make Ireland famous along our tour. St. Patrick’s Cathedral has a lot of history to it and was a really interesting sight. After our tour, we went back to the hotel and got some rest before dinner.

We ate at a traditional Irish restaurant, where most of us had fish & chips, then we had some time to ourselves to explore Dublin. Walking around the city was really fun. The city is unlike any place we’ve ever been to. It was a Friday night so there was a lot of activity on the streets. People were everywhere and really seemed to be enjoying themselves, as were we. A group of us wandered through the city council complex and got a little lost, but we were able to find our way back after a little searching. All in all it was a fun first day.

We’re extremely excited for our first game tonight at 6:30 p.m. vs. Killester. We’ve had 10 days of practice to prepare, and I’m interested to see how well our new players mesh with all the returners we have. It’s a huge thrill for us to be playing here, and we’re very grateful to Stony Brook for providing us the opportunity. We’re definitely looking forward to spending a few more days in this interesting country. Then it’ll be on to the next one!

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