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LTsatch
11-12-2018, 11:31 AM
Yale, UConn, BU and Union will be playing for the Belpot trophy in Belfast Ireland on November 23rd and 24th. Each team except for Union are located mid pack in the pairwise. This should be a pretty wide open tourney IMO. My wife and I are taking in the tournament. We decided to self book our own trip rather than participate in official Yale trip. FYI, non-stop flights from Providence, Newburgh, NY and Boston on Norwegian Air Shuttle to Dublin are remarkably inexpensive at this time of year. We are flying out of Newburgh on the 20th and returning on the 27th for $276 round trip, which includes a carry on bag, staying the first night in Dublin to get settled then rented a small apartment via AirBNB for five nights in downtown Belfast. If anyone else is heading over, chime in, maybe we can share a pint in the old sod.

Split-N
11-12-2018, 12:18 PM
I also self-booked and made the trip for the 2015 event and it turned out to be one of the best times I ever had in many years of hockey related travel. The arena itself is clean and modern with excellent sight lines and surprisingly knowledgeable fans. Then there's "Mother of All Hockey Bars" (no exaggeration) on the ground floor of the arena building. If you do the right thing and make the trip, be sure to take an extra day or two to take a tour of Belfast and/or the Antrim coast. Another must is the Titanic Museum, located right on the slipway where the Titanic was built (and steps from the arena). And If you have time, take a bus or train down to Dublin and beyond. Really people, it's a great trip.

LTsatch
11-12-2018, 02:35 PM
I also self-booked and made the trip for the 2015 event and it turned out to be one of the best times I ever had in many years of hockey related travel. The arena itself is clean and modern with excellent sight lines and surprisingly knowledgeable fans. Then there's "Mother of All Hockey Bars" (no exaggeration) on the ground floor of the arena building. If you do the right thing and make the trip, be sure to take an extra day or two to take a tour of Belfast and/or the Antrim coast. Another must is the Titanic Museum, located right on the slipway where the Titanic was built (and steps from the arena). And If you have time, take a bus or train down to Dublin and beyond. Really people, it's a great trip.

Thanks for the tips, we have already visited the south twice, plan on taking the Titanic Museum, the Causeway Coast and hopefully a trip to Derry. I bought a two day pass for the games yesterday and was surprised to see not many tickets available.

Nosmo King
11-12-2018, 02:48 PM
Do yourself a favor and take in a Black Cab Tour while in Belfast. You can customize the length of the tour to your own liking. You will visit the neighborhoods where all the ďTroublesĒ occurred in the past. Very informative, interesting and downright moving.

hockeyplayer1015
11-12-2018, 04:25 PM
It's a trip you'll never forget. My dad and I went in '16.

Another recommendation I'd make is Crumlin Rd Gaol, a former prison during the troubles. Very interesting tour there.

Will echo the Titanic Museum and Rockies Sports bar. Both were highlights of our trip. If you venture to Rockies, ask for Jim (the owner) and if it isn't busy, he might give you a bit of a tour of his memorabilia collection (extremely vast).

We really enjoyed Belfast, spent 3-4 days there and Dublin each. Great people, great event and a great time.

LTsatch
11-12-2018, 06:10 PM
Do yourself a favor and take in a Black Cab Tour while in Belfast. You can customize the length of the tour to your own liking. You will visit the neighborhoods where all the “Troubles” occurred in the past. Very informative, interesting and downright moving.

We are taking a walking tour concerning the troubles. There are two guides, one for the Catholic side and another for the Protestant side, both guides are ex political prisoners from that time. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Expecting high fortys each day.

boblav1
11-12-2018, 06:49 PM
It's a trip you'll never forget. My dad and I went in '16.

Another recommendation I'd make is Crumlin Rd Gaol, a former prison during the troubles. Very interesting tour there.

Will echo the Titanic Museum and Rockies Sports bar. Both were highlights of our trip. If you venture to Rockies, ask for Jim (the owner) and if it isn't busy, he might give you a bit of a tour of his memorabilia collection (extremely vast).

We really enjoyed Belfast, spent 3-4 days there and Dublin each. Great people, great event and a great time.

Everyone that's made the trip has raved about it. I'm still kicking myself for not making the trip when Lowell was involved in the first tourney. Hopefully the River Hawks will make a return trip.

Scarlet
11-13-2018, 06:10 AM
Iím already here. Have a work thing in Dublin this week. Spending the weekend in London before heading back here to join the trip. Two locals have told me about the Black Cab tour so I will check it out!

defkit
11-16-2018, 05:19 PM
Iím already here. Have a work thing in Dublin this week. Spending the weekend in London before heading back here to join the trip. Two locals have told me about the Black Cab tour so I will check it out!

Still managing to align your work trips around your BU hockey needs I see...;);)

defkit
11-23-2018, 09:07 AM
Bump...game day.

Split-N
11-26-2018, 06:38 PM
So no trip reports or random stories from those who made the trip?

LTsatch
11-28-2018, 01:14 PM
I attended both Yale games. On Friday the place was about 75% full with about 80% of the audience being school children from around the country. I would think that the organizers most likely gave away these tickets. It made for a very different crowd than we are used to. The Northern Irish school groups each had a team to cheer for, they were VERY enthusiastic and loud, I told my wife I had never heard so much screaming since I brought my daughters to a Hanson concert back in the day. Attendance was about 6K each day. Both Union and Yale played very hard and both goalies stole the show. I believe Yale took advantage of the larger international ice surface to avoid traps mid ice. The shootout was anticlimatic for Yale obviously. The second day was more families and only a few school groups. The Yale UConn game was closer than the final score showed. Yale wore UConn down with the forecheck and that was the difference. I did not take advantage of the "official" travel package, but we spent six wonderful days touring the north. The weather was cool, but the rain held off for the middle four days making the trip very enjoyable.

boblav1
01-17-2019, 10:09 PM
A nice article from CHN on the Friendship Four Tournament.

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2019/01/15_Bel-Fast-Friends.php

northeastern
01-17-2019, 10:36 PM
A nice article from CHN on the Friendship Four Tournament.

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2019/01/15_Bel-Fast-Friends.php

Great read, thx.. sounds like an excellent experience for those that have made the trip. I am glad Northeastern will be part of it again, Fall 2019.

LTsatch
01-17-2019, 10:57 PM
A nice article from CHN on the Friendship Four Tournament.

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2019/01/15_Bel-Fast-Friends.php

I will add from my experience that the Irish of the north were very passionate still in their political beliefs. We took advantage of some political tours which really opened our eyes to what went on there. For any others headed to Belfast in the future, I recommend the "black cab" tours. Also, if flying out of the northeast, check fares for Norwegian Air Shuttle, we took that route for $300 round trip to Dublin from Newburgh NY and found a great AirBNB for $400. Rented a vehicle for $350 with FULL insurance. Do not skip that if you intend to drive there.

Split-N
01-18-2019, 09:03 AM
I went over on my own for the first one and had the time of my life (despite the fact the NU lost the first game in OT to UML). Already looking forward to going back for next year's event and am hearing rumors that Northeastern is working on setting up an organized tour for Husky fans who want to get in on the experience. Good move by the NU powers that be if that's true.

hockeyplayer1015
01-18-2019, 10:14 AM
I went over on my own for the first one and had the time of my life (despite the fact the NU lost the first game in OT to UML). Already looking forward to going back for next year's event and am hearing rumors that Northeastern is working on setting up an organized tour for Husky fans who want to get in on the experience. Good move by the NU powers that be if that's true.

Wouldn't surprise me. SLU had a couple options 2 years ago through some travel agency. We chose to do our own thing, but I heard very good things from those that opted for the tour options.

LTsatch
01-18-2019, 01:29 PM
I went over on my own for the first one and had the time of my life (despite the fact the NU lost the first game in OT to UML). Already looking forward to going back for next year's event and am hearing rumors that Northeastern is working on setting up an organized tour for Husky fans who want to get in on the experience. Good move by the NU powers that be if that's true.

This is a link to the "official" Yale tour over there. Some friends chose that route, they enjoyed it, and you get to see Dublin as well. It is not inexpensive, but they said it was worth it. I believe this travel company has been used at least for the past two years. https://caragrouptravel.com/ireland-tours/yale-bulldogs-ireland-2018/