• Cyril McAree

Carton House Celebrates The History Of The British & Irish Lions


As proud supporters of The British and Irish Lions and the resort’s long association with rugby, Carton House, home of Irish rugby, will be hosting a very special celebration, The History of The British & Irish Lions; A Touring Tradition, from May through to July 2017. Located only 30 minutes from Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre, visitors and guests are invited to join Carton House as the resort takes a journey from 1888 to the present day.

Take a trip down memory lane and read all about the history of The Lions from 1888 – kicking off with the beginning of the touring tradition in the 19th century. Prop your feet up and catch re-runs of classic Lions matches through the years on the resort’s dedicated screens. Grab a book and a browse the Lions library, home to various books about The Lions written over the years from player’s stories and history books to behind The Lions memoirs. Can you name every player who has been honoured to wear The Lions jersey, all 805 of them? Visit Carton’s ‘Roll of Honour’ installation featuring player’s names and try your hand at guessing.

Ever wondered what a Lions match programme looked like in the mid 1900’s? Match programmes across the decades will be on view for visitors to read Vintage rugby posters, merchandise and player’s jerseys will be hanging in Carton House decorating the corridors walked through by rugby greats Throughout the celebration, the resort’s food and beverage menus will feature iconic dishes and tipples in honour of The Lions. From The Kitchen bar bites to three course themed options in the award-winning Linden Tree restaurant, visitors can sample the best of Irish and UK cuisines, brought in especially by the resort’s chefs and mixologists for the celebration. Tempting dishes include Irish Seafood Chowder, Welsh Rarebit & Eton Mess paired with home nation gins including Shortcross Gin, Brecon Special Reserve and Hendricks. Adrian McLaughlin, General Manager at Carton House, says: “Given our long tradition as the home of Irish rugby, and our world class sporting facilities, we are proud to have housed some of the world’s rugby greats. In celebration of our support for The British & Irish Lions, we have created the ultimate Lions experience for visitors and guests to enjoy. History is a huge part of our heritage here at Carton House so it was only natural that we showcase the traditions that make The Lions so special.”

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