The Eirball website is intended to be an archive of Irish, North American, & World Sports Results & Tables. It was originally intended to be just the North American Sports, but has grown to include all ball sports played in Ireland as well as the Irish Abroad. It is the College Project of Enda Mulcahy, who has lived, studied and worked all his life in Dublin, Ireland.
About the Author
Enda Mulcahy was born in Maynooth, Co. Kildare in 1973, and moved to Knocklyon, Dublin 16 in 1976. I got my start in Sports Statistics in Primary School, when my teacher, Frank Connolly noticed a talent for Maths and put me in charge of keeping the table & results of the class Gaelic Football League up to date on the school noticeboard.
My mother & father helped this interest by buying Soccer Annuals as a child. and then when I was 13 I got the 1987 NFL Record & Factbook as a Christmas Present and the following year got the Final Table of the Irish American Football League in First Down weekly Magazine, which started a lifelong interest and involvement in American Football.
I was delighted to see the sport was played in Ireland and kept up to date by buying First Down which reported on the British & Irish Leagues, and followed the NFL on Channel 4 & RTE 2.
I saw my first live match in 1988 between Rutgers & Navy, and my first Irish match in 1992 in Trinity College (Dublin Tornadoes beat Antrim Bulldogs 3-0 with a last second field goal).
I offered to try out for the Tornadoes, but didn’t get on the team, and joined the Trinity Gridiron Society instead. They didn’t have a team then, but I ended up playing Flag Football for the South West Jets based in Knocklyon, before volunteering to do the statistics for Shamrock Bowl X.
There was no need for a statistician in the Irish League back then so I got roped into doing Line Judge, and was a delegate to the AGM in 1996. I was lucky enough to be on the sidelines for the NFL game in Dublin between the Pittsburgh Steelers & Chicago Bears. I was chosen to do the chains as I was one of the Irish League’s officiating crew.
Around 2003-04 I took a break from American Football and got involved in Baseball-Softball, trying out for UCD Softball team, before going to watch Dublin City Hurricanes & Dublin Black Sox in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin & Shanganagh Park, Shankill.
I ended up playing Softball for 3 years for the Marlay Mustangs in the Leinster Softball League and winning one Championship. Through this I again got involved in American Football, going to watch the Shamrock Bowl in Tallaght Stadium, and offering to do the stats for Dublin Bay Raptors, before becoming their Team Manager and a delegate to the IAFA Flag Football AGM in 2019.
Other Sports Activities
I played Basketball & Olympic Handball for my School (St. Colmcille’s Knocklyon), plenty of Street Soccer, Badminton (Knocklyon Social Badminton Club), Ran the Belfield Mile (UCD) and played Chess for Trinity College in the Annual Colours Match with UCD.
I have also gone to watch American Football (Dublin Tornadoes, Dublin Rebels & the big College games), Basketball (Denny Notre Dame 1990s, Dublin Inter 2000s, Templeogue & Eanna 2010s), Baseball (Ireland, Dublin City Hurricanes & Dublin Black Sox), Soccer (Ireland, Shamrock Rovers & Knocklyon United), GAA (Ballyboden St. Enda’s), Rugby Union (Leinster, St. Mary’s & Templeogue College), Rugby League (Tallaght Tigers), Athletics (The Dublin Marathon). Motorsport (The Rally of Ireland) and the Royal Dublin Society Horse Show.
Other than the team ball sports I also take a small interest in Stock Car Racing, Rallying, Snow Sports, Orienteering, the Liffey Swim & Harness Racing, have watched some Combat Sports (Martial Arts, Sumo, MMA, WWE, Boxing) and have played numerous Board Games, Card Games as well as Table Football (Subbuteo), some RPG/Wargames, and a lot of Computer Games. I have played some Darts and would like to see some Country Games such as Bog Snorkelling & Jousting.
I have played most of the sports on this website at least twice.
I have a BA in International Development from the Development Studies Centre @ The Holy Ghost College, Kimmage and have worked in Restaurants, Retail, Computers, Community Development and am currently caring for my elderly parents.
Outside of Sport my main interest would be music, both attending gigs and listening to CD’s. All types of music, but especially 1990s Indie/Alternative, New Wave/Miscellaneous, Breakbeat/Electro & Americana/Outlaw Country. I also read a bit of Ancient & Medieval Archaeology/History, 19th-20th Century History and Indigeneous Culture/Anthropology, as well as Science Fiction, and some Alternative History Novels. I have also enjoyed reading Nick Hornby’s books.
I have tried (unsuccessfully!) to learn French, Irish, Japanese, Finnish, Quechua & Pre-Indo-European Languages of Europe, as well as the Guitar & Banjo.