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Ireland Green in Dublin flooded with Husker Sea of Red

Huskers in Dublin. Photo provided by Alexis Sander / Antelope Staff

The green grass of Ireland became the Sea of Red as Husker Nation flooded like a tsunami into Dublin. The Temple Bar area was a mirror image of The Haymarket district on game day. The people of Dublin may have been taken by surprise, but that did not interfere with their hospitality and kindness. 

Steve Rowley, the father of Northwestern offensive lineman Conrad Rowley, was grateful for the opportunity to travel to Ireland.

“Speaking from what my son has said and the pictures he texted me, he is on cloud nine,” Rowley said. “The stadium looks incredible from what I have seen, and the boys are enjoying the nice team meals and bonding. Who would envision that you could take a trip to Dublin for this? This is a mini vacation, and I am having a great time.”

Trinity College, the Temple Bar area and The Merry Cobbler restaurant were the real hang-out spots for travelers. There were more than plenty of places to eat, shop for souvenirs and take wonderful pictures. 

The alleyways were made of copper-colored cobblestone and some were decorated with string lights creating a welcoming aesthetic. Dublin was booming with tailgates all over for fans to enjoy, including just outside hotels near the stadium.

The tailgate hosted outside The Maldron Hotel was attended by many fans. There was great food, drinks were never empty and the people were wonderful to have conversations with. Quite a few of the people at the tailgate were either UNL or UNK alumni.

“It feels pretty normal to see Husker fans, we travel well,” said Ward Jorgenson, a UNL alumnus. “I’ve met some great folks here, the guide on our tour around Dublin was great.”

There were also many sightseeing opportunities for Husker and Wildcat fans. Ireland is a place rich with a history of things to experience other than the football game. 

“The castles are my favorite to see on our little adventures,” said Jordan Gustafson, a UNL alumnus. 

The Huskers may have suffered a loss in Dublin, but it was a win for the travelers who experienced Ireland for the first time. 

“I think it’s great coming here to Dublin to kick off the football season,” said Scott McKelvey, a UNL alumnus. “Having my family and extended family here to experience Dublin; I used to be able to come here a lot with my former job but never with family so this is good to have my family experience it as well.”

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