American Football, Canadian Football, International American Football, Irish Teams v Canadian Football teams

International American Football | Irish Teams v Canadian Semi-Pro Teams 1994-1995

Irish Teams versus Canadian Teams 1994-1995

DateIrish Team Canadian Team 
07.94Carrickfergus/BelfastLHull Raiders (QC)W
10.07.94Dublin Tornadoes18Hull Raiders (QC)17
08.94Dublin Tornadoes19Team Canada 18
08.94Ireland/Le Mans Caimans7Team Canada27
19.07.95Ireland22Ottawa Gee Gees Alumni (ON)34
03.08.95Ireland27Ottawa Gee Gees Alumni (ON)24



Irish American Football teams have played Canadian teams as well as American teams, faring much better.

The first of these matches was in 1994, when the Hull Raiders from Quebec toured Ireland, defeating a combined Carrickfergus/Belfast team and losing 18-17 to the Dublin Tornadoes, who would also defeat a Team Canada 19-18, while a combined Ireland/Le Mans Caimans team would lose 27-7 to the Canadians in France. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

In 1995, Team Ireland would split a two-game series with the Gee-Gees a Canadian Alumni team from Ottawa. During these games Canadian Football rules were slipped in, making it difficult for the Irish teams.[5][6][7][8]

Carrickfergus Knights lost a game to a Team Canada U21s, 34-6 in 2002 [10],  before Ireland U20s beat Greendell Falcons, a junior team from Manitoba 22-20 in 2013 [11].


[1] Evening Herald (1993) Tornadoes Plan for ’94 Evening Herald. Thursday, October 07, 1993, pg. 52

[2] Evening Herald (1994) YOUR SPORTING UPDATE AT A GLANCE – AMERICAN FOOTBALL Evening Herald. Thursday February 17, 1994, pg. 53

[3] Evening Herald (1994) Tornadoes Test Evening Herald. Thursday July 07, 1994, pg. 61

[4] Evening Herald (1994) “Tornadoes Test” Evening Herald. Thursday July 07, 1994, pg. 61


[5] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[6] Wayback Machine – Irish National Team (1999) The Irish National Team [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 July 2017]

[7] Wayback Machine – Dublin Tornadoes (2000) Welcome to the Dublin Tornadoes Web Site [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 April 2017]</p

[8] Wayback Machine – Dublin Tornadoes (2001) Irish National American Football Team [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 April 2017]

[9] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2002) August 25th 2002 – TEAM CANADA 34 – 6 CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 October 2017]

[10] Irish American Football Association (2013) IAFA U20s have historic win against Greendell Falcons [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 30 April 2017]

[11] Greendell Falcons (2017) MMFA Schedule [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[12] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 08 August 2016]


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association. Also thanks to Ciaran Columb, Marlay Martyrs

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 8 November 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.


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