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A Sporting Start to 2014

Calling all sports fans... you may well have chosen getting fit as one of your New Year resolutions, but if you love sport anyway, Dublin has plenty of sporting events going on in 2014 which are bound to attract large crowds of those who love to cheer on their team. Rugby Six Nations Of course, the 2014 Rugby Six Nations championship features heavily on many a sporting calendar. The Sandymount Hotel is positioned right next to the Aviva stadium, the home of Irish Rugby, meaning that if you stay with us you are in the ideal location for the Six Nations fixtures. The first match takes place on 2 February where Ireland will be taking on Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland might be your team, or perhaps it's Scotland you will be cheering on, but whichever nation you support, you are sure to find a warm welcome and unbeatable atmosphere in Dublin city. Keith Earls try Image via www.rbs6nations.com Other Six Nations Games Other fixtures at the Aviva Stadium include Ireland vs Wales on 8 February, and Ireland vs Italy on 8 March. If Rugby isn't your sporting fixture of choice then don't despair, there are plenty of other sporting events in Dublin throughout the year 2014. Also taking place at the Aviva Stadium for instance, is the Republic of Ireland fixture against Serbia in a football international on 5 March 2014. Serbia were the opposition for Giovanni Trapattoni's first home game in charge of the Republic of Ireland in May 2008. That game finished in a 1-1 draw, thanks to Andy Keogh's late strike. The Serbs are currently ranked 32nd in the world and Scotland have an ambitious new manager leading their team so the game should certainly prove interesting with both sides pretty well matched. St Patrick's Day Championship Finals What we mustn't forget to mention here is the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Finals. Taking place on St Patrick's Day (17 March) every year in the national stadium at Croake Park, the championship features Gaelic football and hurling. It makes for a fun family day out and afterwards, why not come back to the hotel for a pint of Guinness or two to round off your St Patrick's Day Celebrations? Or better still, stay the whole weekend so you can relax after the game and sample some of the city's hostelries and restaurants? Now, what if you happen to be a bit of a sporty type yourself? Or then again perhaps a fit past time such as regular running is one of things you plan to take up in 2014? A road race is an event that many people aim for to encourage them to get fit and to motivate them to run on wet and windy days and here in Dublin we've no shortage of running events to aim for. The Spar Great Ireland Run is 10km road race, which takes place on 13 April at the Phoenix Park, for instance, and considered one of the best locally. There is also a 1.5km race on the day for juniors so this could be a real family occasion - and something positive to aim for this coming year.