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Education In Ireland partners with Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012

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From MPreston Sports, March 12, 2012
by Michael Preston,, (001)-781-363-0305

Monday, March 12, 2012 -- GRANBURY, TX -- Education In Ireland is delighted to announce today its partnership with the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT 2012) to support their high school and college American Football games around Dublin in August 2012.
Education in Ireland, a government initiative to promote Irish higher education overseas works closely with many US high schools, their students and parents to communicate the benefits and attractiveness of studying in Ireland. Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence.
Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an unspoiled countryside, cityscapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, the safe, English-speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

In August 2012 a large group of these students are coming to Ireland, allowing a wonderful opportunity to experience Ireland's education system first hand!
Three American football showcases featuring a 12 teams from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin will be played at Parnell Park in Dublin, Páirc Tailteann in Navan, and at a third venue still to be announced as part of GIFT 2012. The games will be played on August 31 at 4pm and 7.30pm, on the eve of the Emerald Isle Classic at the AVIVA Stadium between Notre Dame and Navy.

GIFT 2012 is expected to attract more than 2,500 participants, who will travel from the United States to Dublin for the event, in addition to an estimated 20,000 predominantly American visitors for the Notre Dame-Navy game. Each school will travel with an average of 60 football student athletes, along with cheer groups, marching bands, key campus administrators, family members and alumni. This is the first time that such a large group of American schools and student-athletes have traveled overseas to compete in an American football event.

The participating 10 high schools and two colleges are among the very best academic learning facilities in the U.S. and are located in many of the target states for Education in Ireland's programme in the U.S. The message about Studying in Ireland will also be carried to a much broader audience through the vast media attention the games will attract.
"I am impressed with the high quality of education being provided by Irish universities and colleges, and happy to work with many of these top schools in and around our GIFT 2012 event," said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. "The Education In Ireland mission fits very well with that of Global Football, and their inclusive style will be appreciated by our students, administrators and parents who visit. They are a wonderful partner."

Tickets for all GIFT 2012 events, which each offer six hours worth of top-quality American football action, will go on sale on March 15, priced 15 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for students, with free admission for children aged 12 and under.
Education in Ireland will have a strong presence at all the GIFT events, full details of which will be released over the next few weeks.

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