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: Compiled from Results.
Links to Season-By-Season Rosters & Match Reports
Irish Squad Results
|18.11.1990||Phoenix Park, Dublin||Friendly||Dublin Tornadoes||W||31-15|
Irish Leprechauns Results
|19.07.1995||Friendly||Ottawa Gee-Gees Alumni (Can)||L||22-34|
|03.08.1995||Friendly||Ottawa Gee-Gees Alumni (Can)||W||27-24|
|03.09.1995||Friendly||Hanau Hawks (Ger)||L||6-19|
|26.11.1995||Friendly||Great Britain NW All-Stars||W||45-0|
|1996||Friendly||Northants Storm (Eng)||W||36-30|
|1996||Nations Cup||Scottish Bravehearts||L||6-20|
|1996||Nations Cup||Scottish Bravehearts||L||3-14|
|1997||Nations Cup||Scottish Bravehearts||L||6-31|
|1997||Nations Cup||Welsh Dragons||W||40-20|
|1998||Nations Cup||Welsh Dragons||L||6-34|
|1999||Nations Cup||Scottish Bravehearts||L||0-30|
Irish Lions Results
|2000||Friendly||Mount. St. Joseph’s HS (MD)||L||12-36|
Team Ireland Results
|05.2004||Friendly v NCAA||John Carroll Blue Streaks (OH)||L||2-52|
|04.09.2004||Derby (Eng)||Friendly||Great Britain Bulldogs||L||6-69|
|06.05.2005||Friendly v NCAA||Adrian College Bulldogs (MICH)||L||0-53|
|15.08.2006||Friendly||Coventry Jets (Eng)||L||8-35|
Irish Wolfhounds Results
|27.08.2016||Full International||Dutch Lions||L||0-20|
|08.04.2017||Friendly||Team USA AFW||L||6-54|
|20.10.2018||Full International||Belgian Barbarians||W||20-19|
|11.09.2019||Full International||Belgian Barbarians||W||7-6|
 Anon. (1996) “NORTHANTS MOVEN ON UP” First Down. April 6, 1996.
 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]
 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]
 Anon. (1996) “KICKING KEV KEEPS IRISH EYES SMILING” First Down. March 15, 1996. Pg. 20
 Anon. (1997) “IRELAND HARPOON WALES” First Down. April 5, 1997. Pg. 21.
 Anon. (1997) “EMERALD SMILES? – Ireland have a tough task in gaining Nations Cup revenge over Scotland” First Down. Saturday, September 6, 1997. Pg. 23
 Anon. (1997) “SCOTLAND 31 IRELAND 0” First Down. Saturday, September 20, 1997. Pg. 21
 Anon. (1998) “WALES 34 IRELAND 6” First Down. OCtober 8-14, 1998. Pg. 24
 Anon. (1999) “HART’s SOUL FIRES ENGLAND TRIUMPH: IRELAND 0 ENGLAND 46” First Down. October 14-20, 1999. Pg. 27
 Anon. (1999) “Scots clinch hom nations hat-trick: FOUR NATIONS CUP SCOTLAND 30 IRELAND 0” First Down. October 21-27, 1999. Pg.
 Anon (2000) Plucky Irish Denied by Americans First Down. June 12, 2000. pg. 17.
 Anon. (1990) U.S. Football Irish Independent. Monday, November 19, 1990. pg. 20
 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]
 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]
 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]
 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]
 IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Post April 3 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1474457059254856:0 [Accessed 25 August 2017]
 IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Post April 8 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1479857652048130 [Accessed 25 August 2017]
 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]
 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]
 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]
 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]
Thanks to Sean Douglas, Irish Wolfhounds & Dublin Rebels
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