Witnessing a London Derby: Arsenal vs. Chelsea in the Carabao Cup

Mar 19, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Andres is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance, Accounting, and Business Information Systems major at University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Andres the iconic London derby match between Arsenal and Chelsea for the Carabao Cup.

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Andres's' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

Irish Sports: Gaelic Football and Hurling

Feb 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon visits Croke Park and writes about two beloved Irish sports: Gaelic football and hurling.

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Here in Ireland there are two especially popular, national sports: Gaelic football and hurling. Before coming to Dublin, I had never heard of either, but apparently, they are the most popular and common sports in the country. One Dubliner put it as, "Every county may have a rugby team, but every village has a hurling and Gaelic football team."

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Gaelic football is played on a rectangular field between two teams of fifteen players. The object of the game is to move the spherical ball up the field by carrying, kicking, bouncing, passing, and soloing (which is a difficult skill involving toe-kicking the ball back up to oneself). The goal is shaped identically to a rugby goal, with three points being scored if you get it through the opposing team's two uprights and one point being scored if you hit it over the crossbar.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad

Ready, Set, Goal: Seeing a Football Match in Manchester

Dec 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen travels out of London to see Manchester United play Nottingham Forest in a good game of football.

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Experiencing the Spirit of Dublin

Oct 3, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth scores a chance to witness Gaelic football in Dublin and experience the city's spirit.

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My friends and I started to hear music as we walked down Friary Ave. As we turned into Smithfield Square we were greeted with a sea of different shades of blue. People were waving Dublin flags and little kids ran around wearing Gaelic football jerseys. Every woman, man, and child were dancing to the music of a band patiently waiting for the celebration to begin.

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We went to Smithfield Square to celebrate the victory of the Men’s Dublin Gaelic football team winning the All Ireland game.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad

My First Gaelic Football Experience

Sep 29, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor steps foot in Croke Park and finds herself in the middle of a roaring Gaelic Football experience.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad, Activities Abroad

On Being in Dublin and Exploring Sports

Apr 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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I am a junior from Cape Cod, Massachusetts at Lasell College studying Sports Communication. I have an interest in Sports Journalism and a passion for soccer, running and hockey. 

While Studying Abroad in Ireland through CAPA I have been given the opportunity to take classes at Griffith College Dublin, take part in an internship as well as travel around this amazing country. CAPA provides students with amazing support while Studying Abroad; it wouldn’t be the same without Hayley, Sussanne and Darren.

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Posted in: Internships in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, Sports Abroad, Holidays Abroad

My First Australian Rugby Match

Apr 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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In this week's post, Natalie 

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The Top Sports to Follow Abroad

Apr 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

There’s nothing that brings people together quite like sports. Although we all love the teams of our hometowns or alma maters, the excitement of cheering on any team with those around you is the same no matter where you are. Here are some sports that are popular overseas, and some teams you can follow during your study abroad experience to celebrate with friends and locals alike.

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Surprisingly Familiar: Super Bowl Sunday in Dublin

Feb 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

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In this week's post, Nathan talks about sports in Dublin and getting involved in the Super Bowl celebrations even while abroad. 

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Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m not the world’s biggest sports fan. I’ve played baseball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, and tried my hand at football and volleyball once or twice, but stuck with none of them. Even my eight years of soccer came to an abrupt halt when I discovered there were more exciting things to do with my time in high school.

While I still play the occasional game for fun, not even the greatest boredom has made me enjoy actually watching sports. I thought I’d escaped the craze of football and fandoms when I came to Ireland. Even though I knew sports are a big part of Irish culture, I figured I could just avoid it. But the shouts of “Go Falcons!”, NFL memorabilia decorating the local pubs, and invitation to the Student Union’s Super Bowl party quickly taught me otherwise. When I visited Croke Park earlier this semester, I half expected it to be an American football stadium.

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So, seeing how big sports are to campus life, and knowing there was no way I was going to join a club, I decided I had to start somewhere. So, I double checked which teams were actually playing, bought my ticket at the Griffith College Student Union, and headed out for an obscenely long Sunday evening at Copper Face Jack’s, one of Dublin’s quirkier late night hangouts.

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Posted in: Sports Abroad, Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Olympics in Global Cities

Aug 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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The Rio Summer Olympic Games are on in the global city of Rio de Janeiro, so it is timely to ask about the connection between global cities and hosting the Olympic Games (mainly the big one - the summer version acknowledging that there are other Olympic events). After all, can there be a more global event that brings the world together in one place?

Sure, the football (soccer) World Cup is very global, but it is hosted by a country not a city and matches require many stadia; in Brazil, in 2014, they used 10 soccer stadia in many locations. If England ever got to host the World Cup again, we can be sure that will involve games in St. James Park, Newcastle, the Theater of Dreams (aka Old Trafford), Manchester and/or the legacy from the Commonwealth Games, the then City of Manchester stadium and Villa Park in Birmingham and that is to name but a few. So the impact of the World Cup is more spread out than the Olympics.

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