Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by cacandidate2015, Feb 18, 2012.
Will the entire Brigade of Midshipmen travel to Dublin for the football game Vs. Notre Dame?
No. Depends on if you are on the movement order or not. Next year's plebers arent allowed on the mo.
Four more questions: 1. When will Mids know whether they're on the MO? 2. How do they get there? 3. Where do they stay? 4. Will they have any 'free' time to do touristy things?
Mids have already received emails about the trip, so they know the itinerary. Sign-up was a couple of months ago (with a deposit due at that time), and another payment was due this week, with one additional payment due before the end of the Ac year. Believe it is a charter flight for them, and my understanding was that they will be staying in dorms at one or more of the universities in Dublin. I think they are on their own for meals.
Free time would consist of any time they are not at a pep rally, the game itself, or en route to/from lodging to the next event.
A big chunk of the expense for the travel and accommodations for attending the game in Ireland is taken out of each midshipman's pay. I heard it was close to $900.
In my opinion - that puts the whole thing in the "not worth it" category.
Even if it has always been your lifelong dream to see Ireland, I would think doing it on your own time, under much more favorable circumstances, would be better. That way you would have more time to actually see Ireland and enjoy it. I think those who make the trip are going to have something like 30hrs in Ireland. You have to REALLY want to see Navy play Notre Dame in Ireland to shell out that kind of money. Just not enough "bang for the buck", in my opinion. And then there's jet lag.
Watch it on TV while Googling images of Ireland.
In contrast to the advice offered by Memphis, I would absolutely jump at the chance to attend Navy-Notre Dame in Ireland if I was a Mid. This is what the Academy experience is all about, bonding with company mates and classmates in situations that your high school buddies couldn't even dream of. Enjoy it to the fullest! I'm not sure about the 30-hour length, but even so, and jet lag notwithstanding, what a blast that will be! $900 would be well worth it to me, if that's the cost. When I was a Mid, 29 years ago we flew to Pasadena for Army-Navy over Thanksgiving and although didn't pay for the trip, we all would have gladly. It was unbelievable to experience the hospitality and gratitude from the citizens of a city 3000 miles away. It was all about being there with each other. I can't even imagine being there for the big game in Ireland, a wonderful country with beautiful people who appreciate Americans. Go for it and bank some amazing memories! Sorry, but TV and Google won't hold a candle...
It's been interesting to watch the sponsor mid family chew this over -13 will be eligible to go from three classes - and hear the pro's and cons. The next-acyear-firsties are all going, don't want to miss the chance of a great memory with classmates and close friends during their last year, cost and short time-frame notwithstanding. Least interested are the next-acyear-youngsters (sophomores), who just wanna get done with plebe year, into the summer, and not spend the money. The next-acyear 2/c are evenly split.
DH and I are going, building a 10-day trip around it, and figuring out how to rdvu with the sponsor family for some Irish memories.
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