March 18th, 2014 | Uncategorized
It was quite the weekend here in Dublin. It was our first Paddy’s day experience in Ireland and it did not disappoint. The entire city was abuzz with tourists and there were people donning their green proudly throughout the streets.
Before Katie and I could do some celebrating for Paddy’s day, we had business to attend to. We played our last game of the year as opponents in the Shield. Unfortunately for my squad, we came up one point in a tough battle, ending our Premier league season. It seems like yesterday I arrived at my first training unsure of whether or not I could handle playing another year of basketball physically or mentally. I can honestly say, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life and I am ridiculously thankful to everyone involved, especially my amazing teammates. They made me feel like a real part of their family over the past few months and their generosity and sincerity meant the world to me.
Although I am sad it is over, I look forward to what the next year may bring. Best of luck to Katie and the Meteors as they move on to the Shield final next weekend.
After the business was out of the way, it was time for a bit of fun with friends. The other scholars descended on Dublin for the Paddy’s Day festivities, and it was great to see everyone. A very nice Garda generously gave me 3 tickets to the All-Ireland Club hurling and football finals, which I ended up attending with fellow Canadian friends of Jared’s. It was their first hurling match and they were very impressed (and mildly confused).
All in all, it was a great weekend, but now it is back to the grind. I am coming into my last lectures before it is crunch time for exams. Must. Stay. Focused.