Jeff Jeffers in Ireland: Windy conditions in Dublin could play factor for Irish

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It was a tough trip across the pond for the Notre Dame football team.

Seven hours on a plane, nearly 4,000 miles flown, and they crossed five time zones. There was barely any sleep either as the Irish were up at 5 a.m. Wednesday to practice, go to class, workout, then fly to Dublin for the season opener against Navy on Saturday.

Upon arrival, it was a quick trip to the hotel to check in, then off to practice at Aviva Stadium on virtually no sleep.

"We turned the lights out on the plane," Kelly said with a laugh after Thursday's practice in Dublin. "By the looks of things on the plane we got about 50% that actually slept. We're hoping tomorrow looks a little better."

"Mentally, you have to be sharp everyday but physically we didn't push them that hard."

The weather is crisp and windy in Dublin and they say that is how it will probably be for Saturday's game here at Aviva Stadium. That could have an impact for rookie quarterback Everett Golson.

"When it's windy conditions, tight balls are rewarded," Kelly explained. "If you throw a tight spiral you are going to be ok. If your mechanics are bad and you are trying to wing it and drop downside on them, the wind will play havoc on your football. All the stops I have been, I've had to deal with these kinds of conditions so we should be fine."

The Notre Dame captains were pretty excited to be in a new land.

"This is my first time outside the United States and I don't think you can do this anywhere else but Notre Dame," says linebacker Manti Te'o. "It's special and they give us opportunities to explore, not only the States but the world. I'm really humbled to be here and really grateful to be here."

"The scenery is the first thing that catches your eye, driving to the hotel," offensive lineman Zack Martin says. "The weather - a lot warmer in the states - feels pretty good here."

After practice, Notre Dame went into down for some dinner and dancing to some authentic Irish music.

Notre Dame and Navy will battle at 9 a.m. South Bend time on Saturday.


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