After a well planned trip, Irish now in Dublin

The Notre Dame Football team is now in Ireland.

The Irish departed for Dublin on Wednesday. Notre Dame will face Navy in the season opener Saturday at 9 a.m. South Bend time.

It's a pretty hefty journey for the Irish to Dublin, one that was months in the planning in terms of packing up equipment for the trip. Notre Dame equipment manager Ryan Grooms and Director of Football Operations Chad Klunder made special trips to Dublin in May to properly for the logistics of such a trip.

The Irish carried 15-18 thousand pounds of weight with them to Ireland on their charter flight that departed from South Bend Airport after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

"We had to focus on getting everything right the first time," Grooms explained. "It was a matter of getting everything on the plane. Custom clearance, a lot of extra detail that goes into it. There is no room for error on this trip--not being anywhere close to anyone that could help us if a situation arose."

There are all sorts of little things to figure out too like electronics working. There are different power plugs that are needed to be used in Dublin. Headsets for coaches was another major puzzle to figure out. As was the locker room situation.

"It's a soccer-rugby locker room," Grooms said. "There are 27 lockers in our locker room that we have to fit a 100 guys into. They have given us an auxillary room and we are going to make it work and make it work effectively."


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