Cycling (more details on my special Cycling pages)
Ireland has had disproportionate representation in world cycling through past heroes such as Stephen Roche (Dublin), Sean Kelly (Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary), Martin Earley (Dublin), Paul Kimmage (Dublin) and Shea Elliot (Wicklow). Forthcoming stars include Mark Scanlon (Sligo), Nicolas Roche (Dublin/France - father is Stephen) and Philip Deignan. The Dublin and Wicklow area is host to regular road and off-road cycle racing - the best resource and list of current links/information is www.irishcycling.com.
This is a very popular indoor game, similar to Pool. It is played in many bars, pubs and special clubs throughout Dublin. Ranelagh [on the Luas Green line] is the home to former snooker world champion Ken Doherty - in 2006 Jasons, the club where Ken learnt his trade, closed. Snooker is not the same game as Pool - which reminds me of a true story about three American lads who wanted a holiday in the remote north of England. The pub offered accommodation and 'pool' - when they unpacked their swimming togs following their arrival, they discovered it was a billiards table!
We're lucky in Dublin to have a great league for this game, a fast-moving, exciting, sometimes extreme, non-contact game for various ages and both genders. The website has rules, fixtures and contact information - it's also a good way to meet native Dubliners. They also organize indoor soccer and touch rugby, so have a careful luck at the elegant site above.