TOWSON, Md. - The University of Scranton men's basketball team is on a 10-day trip to Ireland, beginning on July 31 through August 9. During the trip, the Royals will share their experiences both on and off the court with updates to this page throughout the trip. Check back throughout the trip to find out more!
Wednesday, August 1
Hey everyone, Danny Doolan here! I'm a rising junior on the basketball team at the University and enjoying our time here at Ireland! We arrived on Tuesday morning and went straight to the Rock of Cashel from the plane. The castle on the grounds was beautiful and the scenery was tremendous. They showed us an educational video regarding the history of the castle, which would've been incredibly interesting … if it were in a language we could understand! After exploring the grounds we checked into the hotel and sat down to a delicious team dinner and later ventured out to local shops.
On the second day we were up bright and early to tour Cobh and learn about the history of the infamous Titanic. Not many of us knew that the boat actually departed from Cobh or much of the history regarding the tragic events of the Titanic, so it was a very interesting experience. Afterward, we traveled to Blarney, where we toured the grounds. There were breathtaking trails and views wherever you looked, and of course the famous Blarney Stone. After we all kissed the stone, we enjoyed a team dinner and got ourselves locked in for the first game of our trip. We played against the Neptune Basketball Club in Neptune Stadium in Cork, but unfortunately lost. They were an incredibly talented and experienced team and that wound up hurting us down the stretch. After the game, we had a social at a local restaurant where we ate and hung out with players from the opposing team, which was a great time.
All in all, the first two days have been unbelievable. While the loss still stings, we're confident that we will learn from our errors and improve immensely for our next game. Check in again soon!