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August 21, 2008

Zeller, Notre Dame continue to enjoy Ireland

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The Notre Dame basketball team is in Ireland for a two-week exhibition tour, and senior center Luke Zeller has agreed to document the trip for Rivals.com.

The Fighting Irish return four starters from a team that went 24-8 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and they are ranked in the Rivals.com preseason top 10.

The Irish are 3-0 on the trip and don't play again until Thursday.

Here is Zeller's seventh entry:

By Luke Zeller
Notre Dame senior

We practiced in the morning at the place we'll be playing at this weekend. After that, we were pretty much on our own. A bunch of us walked around downtown and looked at the shops, then found this place to eat lunch. It was this restaurant/café, and it was a really neat place. It had four levels, and we ate on the third level. It was kind of an Italian place. The service takes quite a bit longer here, but the food was really good once we got it.

The weather has been perfect – really nice during the day and a little cool at night. There always are a lot of people walking around in the streets. It's all one-way streets, and they're really tight. I haven't seen a car in like 30 minutes. I know Kyle (McAlarney) will get upset, but some people compare it to like New York City. There aren't as many people, obviously, but it has that feel because what people are here all seem to be crowding into the streets and walking through downtown.

Yes, you can carry beer in the street. It doesn't look like there are too many rules here. And I can tell you the Irish people love their Guinness.

We had dinner at the Notre Dame Dublin campus. There are only about 60 students, and they're not here right now. They're on the same calendar we are. I think some of the guys in my dorm have taken classes here.

They said it was supposed to be a barbecue and they had some burgers, but I didn't smell any grilling going on. It was not a good southern Indiana barbecue. My dad does barbecue.

The Irish National team (Thursday's opponent for Notre Dame) was there for the barbecue. Just like I said, they got their four new guys. One is Donnie McGrath, who played at Providence. I played against him my freshman year. He's a heck of a player, and they have two other guys from Chicago who just showed up today. They said they were missing four starters from the first game (which Notre Dame won 104-67). Anyway, they're excited about the Gaelic football game on Sunday that we're going to, too. Notre Dame played a football game against Navy in the 1990s (the Irish won 54-27 in 1996) in the place where the game is.

Coach (Mike) Brey told the guys on the Irish National team at the barbecue to have a good time and that they didn't have a curfew. After all, we do play them Thursday.



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