Notre Dame's Happy Returns
Dublin, the Experience, the Game
Brian Ó Conchubhair and Susan Mullen Guibert
Photography by Matt Cashore
The University of Notre Dame’s connection with Ireland has been entrenched in Notre Dame’s heritage and identity since the founding of the university in 1842. The university is also closely associated with Ireland through its renowned football team, the Fighting Irish. When some thirty-five thousand Americans descended on Dublin, Ireland, for the Emerald Isle Classic football game between Notre Dame and Navy (played on September 1, 2012) at Aviva Stadium, the relationship between Notre Dame and the land and its people was celebrated throughout Dublin and the rest of Ireland.
Now the allure of both Ireland and the Emerald Isle Classic football game are brought together in Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, the Experience, the Game. Senior University Photographer Matt Cashore took thousands of photographs for this book, and has selected nearly two hundred of his favorite shots for this large-format collection, capturing the sights, historic places, and cultural riches that make Ireland special for fans of the Fighting Irish.
Woven together with brief cultural and historical captions by Brian Ó Conchubhair and Susan Mullen Guibert, Notre Dame’s Happy Returns contains dozens of full-page photographs of Ireland’s capital city. Ranging from art and architecture to spectacular views of Dublin Castle, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Casino Marino, Saint Stephen’s Green, shops, pubs, and other notable landmarks, the photographs capture the mythical attraction of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and offer readers a glimpse of its rich history. The photographs and text also highlight the university’s commitment to scholarship through the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Notre Dame’s Catholic tradition of service in Ireland, and the extraordinary beauty of the countryside beyond Dublin. In addition, the book explores the introduction of American football in Ireland and Notre Dame’s role in elevating the sport there, and contains a special section on the 2012 Notre Dame–Navy game in Dublin.
As travel guide, sports book, and lush photographic essay all in one, Notre Dame’s Happy Returns is a must have for those who attended the Notre Dame–Navy game in Aviva Stadium as well as for all Notre Dame football fans. It will also be of interest to graduates, subway alumni, members of the Notre Dame family, and university supporters for whom Ireland is a spiritual and ancestral home.
Brian Ó Conchubhair is associate professor of Irish Language and Literature and a fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. A native of County Kerry, Ireland, he has published on Irish history, culture, politics, and language.
Susan Mullen Guibert is assistant director in Notre Dame’s Office of Public Relations. She is coauthor of Clashmore Mike Dublin to Dome.
Matt Cashore is the senior university photographer for the University of Notre Dame. His photos have been published in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and ESPN The Magazine. His most recent book, with text by Lawrence S. Cunningham, is The Chapels of Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).
“The Notre Dame football team began its magical year on the Emerald Isle versus Navy on September 1, 2012. The land, its people and rich tradition and history made for a great beginning of the season and catapulted our program to an undefeated season. This book captures the beauty and majesty of Ireland and its love for Notre Dame. Enjoy your journey too!” —Brian Kelly, Head Football Coach, University of Notre Dame
“A beautifully illustrated and written book with a sharp eye on both Irish history and the massive importance of the Irish American link. It wonderfully captures the return of Notre Dame to their ancestral home for a never-to-be-forgotten clash with Navy. This book puts you right there.” —Niall O’Dowd, founder of IrishCentral.com and Irish America Magazine
“From its early beginnings, the Keough-Naughton Institute’s goal has been clear and unwavering: to bring Ireland to Notre Dame and Notre Dame to Ireland. As director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, I am pleased to introduce a book that shares the same goal and to celebrate Notre Dame’s lasting ties to Ireland, ties that have only been made stronger by distance and years.” — Christopher Fox, Director, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies
The High Kings, one of Ireland’s most popular folk bands, performed on stage at the pregame ND vs. Navy pep rally in Dublin and their music can also be heard on the Happy Returns book trailer. For more information about the High Kings, visit their website .
“Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, The Experience, The Game is much more than a look back at Notre Dame’s 50-10 season opening victory against the Midshipmen across the Atlantic Ocean. Rather, it is a photographic archive of the city of Dublin and the fanfare leading up to the Emerald Isle Classic, as seen through the lens of Matt Cashore with a look at the culture and history of Dublin as told by . . . Brian Ó Conchubhair and . . . Susan Mullen Guibert. . . . Serving as a photographic tour book of sorts, the reader will have an opportunity to relive or visually experience the week leading up to the football game. . . . Lastly, there are some stunning and vivid action shots from the game.” —_examiner.com_
“The book was a delight to read. . . . I’d recommend the book for the pictures alone. You’ll see dozens and dozens of beautiful large photographs of Dublin and once you’re finished it actually feels like you finished your own personal trip to Ireland.” — OneFootDown.com
“The book offers an illustrated history of Dublin and an essay on Notre Dame’s growing presence in Ireland . . . A third section chronicles American football in Ireland, culminating in the September 1 game against Navy. ‘If you went to the game here’s a memoir,’ Ó Conchubhair says in describing the project. ‘If you didn’t go to the game, here’s what you missed.’” —_Notre Dame Magazine_
“A winning photographic essay, a travel book, a sports guide. It is all about what makes Ireland special for fans of the Fighting Irish and contains an exploration of the intro of American football in Ireland and the role of Notre Dame enhancing the sport’s existence there.” — Epoch Times
“Recounts the Fighting Irish’s springboard to the BCS National Championship Game, a Sept. 1 whooping of Navy in the Emerald Isle Classic in Ireland.” — ESPN The Magazine
“A travel guide, a sports book, and a lush photographic essay all in one, Notre Dame’s Happy Returns is a must have for anyone who attended the Notre Dame-Navy game in Aviva Stadium in Ireland as well as for all Notre Dame football fans. Matt Cashore’s photographs capture the sights, historic places, and cultural riches that make Ireland special for fans of the fighting Irish.” — Irishamericannews.com
“Notre Dame’s Happy Returns will be of interest to graduates, subway alumni, members of the Notre Dame family, and university supporters for whom Ireland is a spiritual and ancestral home.” — The Irish Book Club
“A book of photography focusing on the University of Notre Dame and its strong connections to its Irish Homeland from the historical Indiana university. Collecting photographs from the university, focusing on Ireland and the strong connection that is between Ireland and America through the university, capturing landmarks, landscapes, people, and many other topics. Full color and glossy, any fan of the Fighting Irish will do well with Notre Dame’s Happy Returns as a choice coffee book photography selection, highly recommended.” — The Midwest Book Review
“To fans unable to attend the September game, the book does an effective job of explaining and illustrating a broad portrait of the experience. By itself, the book is a pictorial tour guide providing a simple education of the University of Notre Dame and its link to Ireland and the Naval Academy. This visually beautiful book available from the University of Notre Dame . . . is a must-have for most Notre Dame fans whether or not they have attended the games.” — thelandryhat.com