The Republic of Ireland continues its historic first appearance at the finals of a Women’s World Cup on Wednesday afternoon (1 pm Irish time) when they face Canada. While the opening game saw the girls narrowly lose 1-0 to the co-hosts, qualification now rests on the next 2 games and a win over the Canadians would put Ireland in a strong position heading into the final game of the group stage. If you want to be boring and watch it at home or on your phone while at work, that’s fine, but for the true fans – here are some of the best public screening options for the second game.
Bohemian FC is showing the World Cup group stage games on a giant screen in front of the Jodi Stand at Dalymount Park. There’ll be food trucks, covered seating, and FAI coloring books for kids at these family-friendly screenings.
Sport Ireland Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown
This one is being billed as the largest live public screening event for the second match, with the biggest fan zone area. Admission is free, but tickets must be obtained through the Eventbrite website. A full program of pre and post-match entertainment is also promised. Prizes are also on offer for the best-dressed super fan.
Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend/Irishtown
This one promises to be one of the most atmospheric screening events, as the organisers have skin in the game. The youngest member of the Irish squad is Abbie Larkin, who hails from Irishtown, and this event – which will be screened live on a 22-meter LED screen; and also promises kids and full family entertainment before and after the match – was organised by Abbie’s uncle.
Sky shops, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co Dublin; Blanchardstown Centre; Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork
Sky (which sponsors the Irish team) will screen the game(s) at its stores around the country, including Dundrum Town Centre and Blanchardstown Centre. The stores will host the remaining two games free watch parties for local football fans to come and show their support for the team. In-store festivities will begin ahead of match kick-off in each store on match day and include former Women’s National Team players, face painters, cupcakes and much more.