Last week I had the chance to go to the Munster vs. Maori All Blacks rugby match at Thomond Park in Limerick. I met up with a teammate and her friend, bundled up and made our way to the stadium. We were able to get a lift up to the match which saved us a walk in the pouring rain. The city was “buzzin” all day with Munster fans from all over. We made it just in time to get spots along the sideline in front of one of the try lines. It was an unbelievable atmosphere, rain and all there was a full crowd of 26,000 people. Before the All blacks performed the infamous Timatanga Haka, they made a beautiful tribute to the late Anthony Foley, coach of the Munster Rugby team who passed away suddenly last month. The captain presented the Munster team a jersey with the initials AF on it for Foley’s two sons. This was a special moment that goes way beyond the game, showing the ability that sports have to unite two groups of people after tragedy and heartbreak. After the haka, the match had started. I’ve been to sporting events at home but this was different. I love the passion that Irish people have for their teams, counties and their country. Although I didn’t know much, it was exciting to watch and learn more about the game. Lots of cheering, a failed attempt at singing “Fields of Athenry”, and the match was over with Munster coming out on top. I’m definitely looking forward to experiencing more sporting events in Ireland this upcoming year.