An Irish Experience

Sept. 9, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

UCF fans will get a chance to experience the Knights' football team on the Emerald Isle when it travels to Dublin, Ireland for the first annual Croke Park Classic next year.

Fans who  travel over to Ireland will get a chance to experience a historic football game between the Knights and the Penn State Nittany Lions and will also get to see the beautiful city of Dublin, the green countryside of Ireland and much more.

Oisin Quinn, the 344th Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland and says he's hoping to see a lot of black and gold around the city in August for the Knights' season opener against Penn State.

"I want to invite you all to Dublin next year for the season opener against Penn State," said Quinn. "I know you're going to have a fantastic time."

Tourism in Ireland is one of the country's main sources of income. Approximately 6.4 million people live in the country and according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, approximately the same number of people have traveled there on an annual basis since 2009.

"We're really delighted and excited that UCF and Penn State are going to play a game in Dublin this August," said Ireland Minister of Transportation, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar. "Dublin is a really great city to visit and I hope you get a chance to enjoy the game and enjoy everything that Dublin and Ireland have to offer."

For more information on the Croke Park Classic and to plan your trip to see the Knights in Dublin, go to



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