American Football, Irish American Football Festivals

Irish American Football League Summer Bowl Festival 1986-1989


DateTeam 1 Team 2 
 Finals Belvedere College, Dublin 
05.07.87Dublin Celts26Belfast Blitzers0
1988Dublin CeltsNorthern Hordes

References: [1-4]


The Jack Daniels Summer Bowl was an International Festival featuring the Dublin Celts and teams from Northern Ireland, including sometimes Northern Ireland representative squads, as well as Flag Football Challenge Games involving the RTE Raiders and GOAL Heroes (GOAL is an Irish Development Aid Charity and RTE is the Irish National Broadcaster). both the Flag and Kitted games featured celebrities such as Tony Ward of the Ireland International rugby Team. [1]

The games were played under Hurlaball Rules – One Hour Long, Running Clock and the winning team always kicked off to the losing team, rather than the team who just scored kicking off. [3]



[1] Anon. (1987) “American Football” Irish Press. Monday, July 6, 1987, pg. 13.

[2] Feeney, John. (1987) “Traders happy with success of Mardi Gras” Nationalist and Leinster Times, Friday, August 21, 1987. pg. 3.

[3] Anon.(1988) “Incredible Hulks – just like a herd of Buffalo” Irish independent Monday, July 4, 1988. pg. 3.

[4] Anon. (1988) “Sports Diary | American Football” Sunday Independent Sunday, July 2, 1989. pg. 29.

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[5] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Reply to Post by David Turner, August 12, 2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 August 2019]


Thanks to Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws).

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