The Irish are known for many things, be it their ability to spin a good yarn over a pint or two of the black stuff, or getting parties started with lively music and a good dose of the craic. However, the Emerald Isle has many strings to its bow as it were and visitors will soon discover that the Irish are great lovers of sport, from the traditional games of Gaelic football and hurling, to soccer and rugby. With so much sport comes the opportunity to place a bet, and if you, like many of the Irish, enjoy the combination of sports and betting, there are several venues where you can try your luck. We’ve picked the top five sports and games venue in Ireland to give you just a taste otop of thef the exciting entertainment options Ireland has to offering
1. Croke Park
As the headquarters to the Gaelic Athletic Association, the impressive Croke Park in Dublin boasts a capacity of 82,300, it is the largest stadium in Ireland and the fourth largest in Europe. It is hailed as the Gaelic sporting venue and it was only as recently as 2007 that sports such as rugby and football were permitted to be played here.
2. The Aviva Stadium
Formerly the Landsdowne Road Stadium, The Aivia Stadium in Dublin, the largest in Ireland, has seen many international football and rugby matches since its first incarnation was opened in 1872. The historical aspects of the grounds will appeal to many sports fans and the newly built stadium is impressive in itself and is a popular site for concerts as well as major sporting events.
3. Semple Stadium
Semple Stadium in Tipperary is the home of hurling for the Tipperary GAA and also for the province of Munster. It is the second biggest stadium in Ireland and has benefitted from renovation work in 1981 and 2009. Hurling fans must visit this venue and place a few bets on upcoming games.
4. The Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club
If you prefer to be really involved in gambling rather than just placing a bet or two on a Gaelic football or soccer match, the Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club is the perfect place for you. Enjoy Poker, Blackjack, slots and Roulette in the plush surroundings of this popular venue in the capital. Should you need a little help keeping at the top of the deck when it comes to your Poker skills, pay a visit to the Coral Interactive site and brush up your techniques before you visit the casino.
5. Macau Casino
Macau offers a choice of two casinos, one in Dublin and the other in Cork. Both provide the usual casino games and slots and also feature highly rated restaurants which is just what’s needed while enjoying a night out on the town – be it in Cork or Dublin. Each venue offers twenty gaming tables and a 4,500 sq ft main Poker room and a further 6000 sq ft of gaming area besides.