Nittany Nation in Ireland: Experiencing Dublin's History

By Jacob Kaucher , WTAJ News

Published 08/27 2014 11:10AM

Updated 08/27 2014 12:14PM

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Penn State fans are starting to trickle into Ireland and take in the sights the city and country have to offer leading up to Saturday’s Croke Park Classic.

Among the sights showing off Dublin’s history is Trinity College. The college was founded more than 25 years before the Mayflower left for America, and is more than 250 years older than Penn State. It also houses the Book of Kells, a 9th Century Gospel manuscript.

They city’s Dublin Castle dates to the 13th Century. The Record Tower is one of the oldest remaining buildings there. Even more history lives on in Dublin’s cathedrals: Saint Patrick’s, which opened in 1191, and Christ Church Cathedral.

For Penn State fans making the trip, exploring only adds to the excitement for the game itself.

“You can't really explain like the feeling of going to see a country I have heritage in, and then actually being able to see your college football team play here,” said Michael Joyce, a Penn State fan from Towanda, Bradford County.

The Nittany Lions arrived in Dublin Wednesday morning, and will hold their first practice in the afternoon.

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