Nieldy's Irish tour diary: Manchester to Limerick
- 13 February 2012 07:08
- Posted by Chris Nield
A 4am alarm call meant that the nine-strong party making up the CITC Soccer School tour team including myself embarked for Ireland somewhat bleary eyed, but none the less in high spirits ahead of an enthusing week.
A two-our drive along the ghostly, pre-dawn blackened M56 to Holyhead Ferry Port followed in order to catch the 8:20am Stena Line across the Irish sea to Dublin. It was then a further two-hour journey from Ireland’s famed capital to another of its celebrated cities that would be our tour’s first proper stop-off point, Limerick.
Upon arrival at the ritzy Carlton Castleroy Park Hotel it was clear that our impeding visit had caused a real buzz over the past few days as manager Dennis and his staff greeted us with boundless hospitality.
After almost ten hours of travelling our weary group were finally able to sit and relax although the Blues’ difficult but ultimately fruitful victory at Villa Park that Darren had kindly arranged to be screened in the hotel bar did little to assist in helping us unwind!
The smattering of City fans that joined us to watch the game also couldn’t help but express their joy of having our party in their town, especially with Patrick Vieira scheduled to join up with us ahead of the first Soccer Schools and visit to St. Gabriel’s school on Monday.