Men’s Basketball Set for Eight Day Ireland Trip

The Haverford College men’s basketball team will make its first road trip of the 2008-09 season a few weeks earlier than normal this fall. On Friday, October 10, the Fords will embark on an eight-day trip to Ireland that includes four cities and four games. The trip will include plenty of sightseeing and community service on the Emerald Isle.

Haverford will arrive in Belfast on Saturday morning. They will go an a sightseeing tour of the City Hall in Donegal Square, a huge Renaissance palazzo with four corner towers and a massive dome; St. Anne’s Cathedral; the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, popularly known as the Big Ben of Belfast; Belfast Castle and much more.

The Fords will participate in a basketball clinic at Lisburn on Sunday and then take on St. Malachy’s College in the evening.

Although there will be no games played on Monday it is likely to be the busiest day of the trip as the team will leave Belfast and visit Corrymeela and Giant’s Causeway before arriving in Londonberry.

Tuesday will be lighter on the travel when HC will visit the Old Busmill’s Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, before taking on the Jordanstown Basketball Team that night.

Wednesday will include a walking tour of Londonberry and then a meeting with the Lord Mayor of Derry, Gerard Diver. Later in the day, Haverford will participate in a basketball clinic and meet the Ballina Basketball Team for a game.

Haverford will do more traveling on Thursday, heading to the “Fair City” of Dublin for a sightseeing tour of Old Parliament; St. Patrick’s Cathedral; the General Post Office, referred to as the G.P.O., headquarters of “The Rising” in 1916. The Fords will play their fourth and final contest against the Killester Team on Thursday evening.

Friday will be the final full day of the trip before heading home on Saturday. The day will include a visit to Trinity College. The College’s principal attraction is the library with its priceless collection of old books and manuscripts, including the Eighth Century Book of Kells. HC will be staying in the Temple Bar an area whose narrow streets have become a hive of activity. It has art galleries, recording studios, craft shops, and a variety of restaurants.

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