August was a Great Month
August was a great month for operations at the National Sports Campus. An Under 19 Soccer International between Ireland and the Ukraine took place on Monday 9th August in the Morton Stadium at Santry. The game was the first ever soccer international to be played at the Stadium, and is a further landmark for the venue. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) were delighted with the arrangements, and it is hoped that the venue will play host to many more under-age international fixtures in the future.
The European Transplant and Dialysis Games took place in Dublin from the 9th to the 14th August. The Athletics events took place at the Morton Stadium, Santry and the Swimming events were held at the National Aquatic Centre. Overall, Ireland finished in second place in the Medals Table. Once again, NSCDA (Operations) Ltd was involved in hosting two international sporting events at two separate locations during the same week.
It is also relevant to point out that both the athlete Derval O’Rourke and the swimmer Gráinne Murphy competed in their respective National Championships at the Morton Stadium and the National Aquatic Centre before going on to win Silver Medals at their European Championships.
The month was then rounded off by the confirmation of the news that the US Synchronized Swimming Squad will be based the National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown in 2012 for its pre-Olympic training.
(pictured above) Ireland U19's drew with Ukraine U19's 0-0 at Morton Stadium, Santry
(pictured above) Swimmer Grainne Murphy and Runner Derval O'Rourke with European Silver Medals at Croke Park