American Football, International American Football, Irish American Football Teams

Irish National American Football Team 1990-Present

Iris Wolfhounds Logo [21]

Irish National American Football Team 1995-Present

Home Ground: Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath

Colours: Green & White

Career Record: (W-L-T Pct ) 6-16-0 .273

History: Irish National American Football Team, started in 1995 as the Irish Leprechauns and playing friendlies and in the Nations Cup with England, Scotland and Wales. A match versus Mount St. Joseph’s High School from Baltimore in Maryland in 2000 led to the resurrection of the Irish American Football League which had disbanded in disarray earlier that year. The Team Ireland Programme played a further four games in 2004-2006 against English and American College Opposition before being put on hiatus. It was started again in 2016 with a Full International against the Dutch Lions. The Irish Wolfhounds, as the team has been Christened, has won its last two Full Internationals by a point both times against the Belgian Barbarians.

Name Changes: Irish Leprechauns 1995-1999 / Irish Lions 2001 / Team Ireland 2002-2009 / Irish Wolfhounds 2016-Present.

Reference:

Era-by-Era Record

Team NameYearsPWLTPFPAPct
Irish Squad1990110031151.000
Irish Leprechauns1995-199913490197324.308
Irish Lions200010101236.000
Team Ireland2004-2006404016209.000
Irish Wolfhounds2016-Present42203399.500

Reference: Compiled from Results.

Links to Season-By-Season Rosters & Match Reports

Ireland Roster 1995 

Great Britain Lions 22 Irish Leprechauns 0 (1995) 

Ireland 6 Great Britain Bulldogs 69 (2004) 

Ireland 8 Coventry Jets 35 (2006) 

Dutch Lions 20 Irish Wolfhounds 0 (2016) 

Irish Wolfhounds 20 Belgian Barbarians 19 (2018) 

Belgian Barbarians 6 Irish Wolfhounds 7 (2019)

Irish Squad Results

DateVenueCompetitionVersusW/LScore
18.11.1990Phoenix Park, DublinFriendlyDublin TornadoesW31-15

Irish Leprechauns Results

DateVenueCompetitionVersusW/LScore
19.07.1995 FriendlyOttawa Gee-Gees Alumni (Can)L22-34
03.08.1995 FriendlyOttawa Gee-Gees Alumni (Can)W27-24
03.09.1995 FriendlyHanau Hawks (Ger)L6-19
26.11.1995 FriendlyGreat Britain NW All-StarsW45-0
1995 FriendlyGreat BritainL0-22
1996 FriendlyNorthants Storm (Eng)W36-30
1996 Nations CupScottish BraveheartsL6-20
1996 Nations CupScottish BraveheartsL3-14
1997 Nations CupScottish BraveheartsL6-31
1997 Nations CupWelsh DragonsW40-20
1998 Nations CupWelsh DragonsL6-34
1999 Nations CupEnglandL0-46
1999 Nations CupScottish BraveheartsL0-30

Reference: [1-10]

Irish Lions Results

DateVenueCompetitionVersusW/LScore
2000 FriendlyMount. St. Joseph’s HS (MD)L12-36

Reference: [11]

Team Ireland Results

DateVenueCompetitionVersusW/LScore
05.2004 Friendly v NCAAJohn Carroll Blue Streaks (OH)L2-52
04.09.2004Derby (Eng)FriendlyGreat Britain BulldogsL6-69
06.05.2005 Friendly v NCAAAdrian College Bulldogs (MICH)L0-53
15.08.2006 FriendlyCoventry Jets (Eng)L8-35

References: [12-15]

Irish Wolfhounds Results

DateVenueCompetitionVersusW/LScore
27.08.2016 Full InternationalDutch LionsL0-20
08.04.2017 FriendlyTeam USA AFWL6-54
20.10.2018 Full InternationalBelgian BarbariansW20-19
11.09.2019 Full InternationalBelgian BarbariansW7-6

References: [16-20]

References

Sources

[1] Anon. (1996) “NORTHANTS MOVEN ON UP” First Down. April 6, 1996.

 

Websites

 

[2] Britball Now (2009) British and Irish Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[3] British Collegiate American Football League (2001) GB Bulldogs History [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20010710011259/http://bcafl.org/cgi-bcafl/showdoc.pl?section=/bulldogs&article=1 [Accessed 27 March 2018]

Sources

[4] Anon. (1996) “KICKING KEV KEEPS IRISH EYES SMILING” First Down. March 15, 1996. Pg. 20

[5] Anon. (1997) “IRELAND HARPOON WALES” First Down. April 5, 1997. Pg. 21.

[6] Anon. (1997) “EMERALD SMILES? – Ireland have a tough task in gaining Nations Cup revenge over Scotland” First Down. Saturday, September 6, 1997. Pg. 23

[7] Anon. (1997) “SCOTLAND 31 IRELAND 0” First Down. Saturday, September 20, 1997. Pg. 21

[8] Anon. (1998) “WALES 34 IRELAND 6” First Down. OCtober 8-14, 1998. Pg. 24

[9] Anon. (1999) “HART’s SOUL FIRES ENGLAND TRIUMPH: IRELAND 0 ENGLAND 46” First Down. October 14-20, 1999. Pg. 27

[10] Anon. (1999) “Scots clinch hom nations hat-trick: FOUR NATIONS CUP SCOTLAND 30 IRELAND 0” First Down. October 21-27, 1999. Pg.

[11] Anon (2000) Plucky Irish Denied by Americans First Down. June 12, 2000. pg. 17.

[22] Anon. (1990) U.S. Football Irish Independent. Monday, November 19, 1990. pg. 20

Websites

[12] Irish American Football Association (2004) IRELAND 6 GREAT BRITAIN BULLDOGS 69 [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootbal.ie/iafl/irlgb04.htm [Accessed 25 October 2017]

[13] Irish American Football Association (2004) John Carroll win Celtic Classic 2 [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/john-carroll-win-celtic-classic-2/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[14] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2006) IRISH NATIONAL TEAM & IAFL ALLSTARS RESULTS [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20060622144820/http://www.americanfootball.ie/teamirelandresults.htm [Accessed 6 July 2017]

Internet Archive

 

[15] Dublin Dragons (2006) Team Ireland 8 Coventry Cassidy Jets 35 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20071117035949/http://www.dublindragons.com/e107/news.php?extend.20 [Accessed 31 October 2017]

Social Media

[16] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Post April 3 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1474457059254856:0 [Accessed 25 August 2017]

[17] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Post April 8 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1479857652048130 [Accessed 25 August 2017]

Websites

[18] Irish American Football Association (2016) Team Ireland play historic fixture away to the Netherlands [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/team-ireland-historic-fixture-away-netherlands/ [Accessed 2 September 2016]

[19] Irish American Football Association (2019) Irish Wolfhounds beat Belgium Barbarians 7-6 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/irish-wolfhounds-beat-belgium-barbarians-7-6/ [Accessed 13 September 2019]

Social Media

[20] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post: October 20, 2018 – “IRELAND WIN!! 20-19,” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/2145681338799088 [Accessed 22 October 2016]

Images

[21] Irish American Football Association (2019) Irish Wolfhounds Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Irish-Wolfhounds-IAFA_2.png [Accessed 13 September 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Sean Douglas, Irish Wolfhounds & Dublin Rebels

 

About this document

 

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 18 February 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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