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Dublin Lightning Irish American Football Team 1995-1998

Dublin Lightning Logo [Ref: 24]

IAFL Senior Team 1995-1998

Home Ground: Civil Service GAA Grounds, Islandbridge

Colours: Red Jerseys/ White Pants with Red Stripe/ White Helmet with Black and Red Stripes

History: Formed out of the ashes of other Dublin Clubs in 1995, they played three seasons, winning the Shamrock Bowl in 1996, defeating the Dublin Tornadoes 26-8, and reaching the playoffs the other two years. They left the American Football Association of Ireland in 1997, intending to return under the new administration in 2002, but never did [22]. They did, however, play in a blitz in 1998 with the Queen’s University Belfast Broncos and Belfast Lasers.

Home Venue Map – Civil Service GAA, Islandbridge, Dublin 8

Year-by-Year Record

LgeRS W-L-TPct PS W-L-TChpInt W-L-TInt Chp
1995AFAI0-1-0.000
1996AFAI1-0-01.000
1997AFAI0-1-0.000
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Dublin Lightning Logo [23]

1995 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
121.05.95ALurgan Area RaidersW14-0
228.05.95ADublin TornadoesL6-48
518.06.95HLurgan Area raidersW36-16
625.06.95ACarrickfergus KnightsW18-6
816.07.95HDublin TornadoesL0-20
923.07.95HCarrickfergus Knights

[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

1996 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
25.08.95HBelfast Spartans

[19]

1997 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
03.06.97HDublin BullsL12-18
17.06.97ADublin BullsL7-34
21.06.97APortadown PanthersL8-35
20.07.97ADublin BullsL6-36
31.08.97HDublin BullsW7-6
SF07.09.97ADublin BullsL0-14

[22]

Sources

[3] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 29 July 1995, pg. 21.

[4] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 15 July 1995, pg. 18.

[5] Anon (1995) Irish Update – Tearaway Tornadoes. First Down. 15 July 1995, pg. 18.

[6] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 1 July 1995, pg. 21.

[7] Anon (1995) Irish League. First Down. 1 July 1995, pg. 21.

[8] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 24 June 1995, pg. 21.

[9] Anon (1995) Irish League Round-Up – Tornadoes wake up from Knight-mare performance. First Down. 24 June 1995, pg. 21.

[10] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 17 June 1995, pg. 21.

[11] Anon (1995) Irish League Round-Up – Tornadoes turn up heat. First Down. 17 June 1995, pg. 21.

[12] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 10 June 1995, pg. 21.

[13] Anon (1995) Irish League Round-Up – Graham’s Five Alive. First Down. 10 June 1995, pg. 21.

[14] Anon (1995) * The Irish League… First Down. 3 June 1995, pg. 18.

[15] Anon (1995) Standings & Fixtures – Irish League. First Down. 15 July 1995, pg. 18.

[16] Anon (1995) Tornadoes smash county rivals. The Echo. Thursday, 20 July 1995, pg. 48.

[17] Anon (1995) Tornadoes blow Lurgan away. The Echo. Thursday, 13 July 1995, pg. 48.

[18] Anon (1995) Tornadoes on the rampage. The Echo. Thursday, 15 June 1995, pg. 46.

[19] Naughton, L. (1996) “American Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, 22 August 1996, pg. 67.

Internet Archive

[20] Dublin Tornadoes (1996) Irish American Football League 1995: The League Schedule ’95 / Results in ’95 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19961115060654/http://fiachra.ucd.ie/~alan/american_football.html#main_menu [Accessed 5 July 2017]

[21] Dublin Lightning (2001) Welcome to the homepage of the Dublin Lightning American Football Team [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19990209091349/www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Stadium/6662/ [Accessed 4 July 2018]

Websites

[22] Dublin Tornadoes (1997) Irish League and Shamrock Bowl [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19980520033318/http://connect.ie:80/users/tornadoes/Shamrock.htm [Accessed 5 July 2017]

Images

[23] Dublin Lightning (1999) Lightning Logo [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20010614095221im_/http://www.geocities.com:80/Colosseum/Stadium/6662/lightninglogo.jpg [Accessed 4 July 2018]

[24] Kevin Sharkey Facebook (2012) Photo, April 12, 2012 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/552941_2609201649151_269204123_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=43edb5&_nc_ohc=zK6xXOBBa3QAX8u6o0U&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=2c16d3398c781197aeaca2cf3fd4cade&oe=5EF3A76B [Accessed 28 May 2020][Cropped and Resized]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish American Football Archive

Last Updated: 28 May 2020

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