Irish Media Look Ahead to CPC

Sept. 24, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Last weekend, members of the Irish media - along with representatives from the Gaelic Athletic Association - flew from Dublin, Ireland to State College, Pa. to experience an American College football game. The Irish writers, some of whom were experiencing their first college football game, also saw the Knights earn one of the biggest wins in UCF history.

Many of the media members were excited about the opportunity, as it was a unique experience for them. They feel people in Ireland will relate to the college game, because the majority of their major sports on the Emerald Isle are also played by amateurs.

"This is a whole educational process. Navy and Notre Dame was a gentle introduction to the whole thing," said Ireland journalist and radio show host Ger Gilroy of last year's college game that was held in Ireland. "It's an alien concept throughout most of Europe."

Fintan O'Toole writes for the, he has been covering events leading up to the Croke Park Classic since the game was announced. He's been impressed with how big an event game day is and how closely fans follow and amateur sport here in the States.

"I think the whole thing about it seems to be a massive occasion," said O'Toole. "We're trying to get a knowledge of it, so we have a better idea when the game comes the Croke Park next year and what it's all about."

To find out more about what the Irish media think about next year's Croke Park Classic, watch the video above. 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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