The Stony Brook men's basketball team in Ireland. (Aug. 12,...

The Stony Brook men's basketball team in Ireland. (Aug. 12, 2011) Credit: Stony Brook

What would you say were the odds that our bus driver in Ireland’s name would be Stony Burke? One in a million shot I think, but true story that was our bus driver’s name.

We got into Dublin safely early in the morning around 5 a.m., but to everyone, it was really midnight and fatigue was starting to set in. We got to Dublin too early to check into the hotel, so our bus driver and our tour guide took us around the coast of Dublin.

We were treated to a great view of the Irish Sea over in Howth, where we took a great team picture. Then we worked our way around the coast and into the city where we stopped to see the Great Famine Memorial. We then went out to Phoenix Park just outside the city center, and our tour guide showed us the Irish President’s house, which turns out was designed by the same man who designed the White House in Washington. And it looks exactly the same!

By the end of the bus ride, our guys were pretty wiped out from jet lag, so we let them grab some lunch and then finally made it to the hotel. I think I’d like to get some sleep tonight, but it’s almost 10 p.m. here, and it’s still light out!

Tomorrow, we’ll do some more sightseeing, and then in the evening we’ll have our first game against Killester. I’m looking forward to seeing our guys compete here, and I think they’re excited too.