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Keeping with our fitness theme for 2014, here at the Sandymount Hotel we’re pleased to announce that there are plenty of sporting events going on in Dublin in March. Some of these you can watch from the comfort of your armchair at home, propped up with mates at the pub or soaking up the atmosphere at the stadium itself. But the other events you can actually partake in – what a novel idea! Here’s a list of those sporting events for March this year: International football The first event we want to mention in this post is the forthcoming football match between the Rep of Ireland and Serbia on March 5. Held at the Aviva Stadium which, as regular guests of the Sandymount Hotel here will know, is just round the corner from us. The foreign team is currently ranked 32nd best in the world and last time we played them the game resulted in a 1-1 draw. So, should be an interesting one folks. International rugby Also at the Aviva Stadium, this time on March 8, Ireland will take on Italy for the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Fixture. The Italians claimed a historic victory over Ireland in Rome, last March when they ended up with a 22-15 victory. The last time Italy had beaten the Irish national team at rugby was back in 1997. Let’s see if Ireland gets their revenge later this year. INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.irishrugby.ie Off-road running Ok couch potatoes, this is one event you can definitely get involved in. It’s the Urban Trails in St Anne’s Park on March 9. And don’t worry about not being fit enough. You’re only looking at an 8.8km or a 4.4km run. It’s a great way to see something other than concrete and cars when running since the trails encourage you off into parkland where you’ll encounter plenty of wild flowers and natural woodland. All-Ireland Hurling and Gaelic football Club Championships The Club championships take place at GAA HQ - Croke Park on March 17th and it’s well worth going along to witness some quality sporting action. HellFire www.dublintri.com Yes, this event really is called Hellfire – but fear not; that’s just the name of the woods where it takes place! It’s another one for Joe Public to enter and it actually sounds like a cracker. It involves a 3k run over the wood’s summit then two laps (or 17k) on the bike up and down hill to a 3k run to finish off. This sounds like a nice race to enter for those who fancy completing a triathlon but need to stretch themselves and gain some confidence first. The actual race takes place on Saturday 9, March so there’s plenty of time to get into training folks! If you’re thinking of attending or partaking in any of the events and staying overnight in our wonderful city, then do take a look at our booking list. Certainly we’re incredibly handy for the Aviva Stadium being literally just five minutes away. Please don’t hang around too long though as we do tend to get booked out pretty quickly for the big international games and nobody relishes a last minute panic trying to book a hotel room.