Gaelic Football’s Newest Champ

Best day in Dublin so far! We took a trip to Croke Park, Ireland’s National Stadium. Our tour was so informative and fun, and the tour guide was kind, funny, and a joy to be around. I never knew how much Irish sports played a role in how the Irish redeveloped and restored their culture. Gaelic Football and Hurling are found everywhere in Ireland. The tour guide informed us that each and every village has their own teams for those sports. People play for their hometown’s team, and they take great pride in that. We also got to see all the jerseys, and I found one with my mom’s maiden name, Brady, on it!

I think a huge characteristic of the Irish national identity is their love of where they come from. I’m not sure exactly where this would fall in intensity for them because it is so different from what I am used to. I am sure that it is extremely high though. This is very important to how they see themselves. Regardless of where they are from, they are proud to be Irish and proud to be from their village.

Another huge thing about Irish identity is that they are very passionate about all that they do and accomplish. During every visit, it is easy to see how excited and enthusiastic the tour guides are when talking about their Irish backgrounds. I believe that these people could go as far as giving up their freedom to protect the image of Ireland. They are proud of how the country has developed over the years, and they want people to know that.

As for myself, I identify as a strong family member, a Pitt student, a member of Tri Delta, and an avid reader. I hope to soon add a frequent traveler to that list as well! In terms of being a strong family member, I am very close to all members of my family, even my extended family. This is probably my most intense identification because I would do anything for my family. As for being a Pitt Student and a member of Tri Delta, these are very important to me but definitely less intense. I engage, give up time, and lots of money for these aspects, but I would never give up my freedom or life for them. Lastly, I love to read and find this to be an important part of who I am.

As always, check out some cool pics from the day at Croke Park and the Remembrance Garden.


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