American Football Association of Ireland | Associations & Members 1997

Governing Body

American Football Association of Ireland (AFAI)

Seaghan Sutton, Chairman.

Associated Bodies

Irish National American Football Team

Kurt Smeby, Head Coach

Irish American Football Referees Association

Des Farrelly, President

Irish American Football Coaches Association

Stewart Smith, Chairman

Irish National Youth Team

Francis Loughlin, Chairman

Regional Development Bodies

Irish Council of American Football

Alan O’Brien, Chairman.

Associated Bodies: Irish Flag Football Association

Registered Members (1997): Dublin Bulls, Dublin Tornadoes, Dublin Lightning

Northern Ireland American Football Association

Alan Doak, Secretary

Associated Bodies: None.

Registered Members (1997): Carrickfergus Knights, Portadown Panthers

Reference: [1]

AGM Delegates 11 May 1997

AFAI Executive (1)Jim Hutton
ICAF (3)Alan O’BrienCillian SmithAndrew Flynn
NIAFA (3)Alan DoakFrancis LoughlinBill Orr
Officials (4)Mike SmithMichael BrophyDes FarrellyEnda Mulcahy
National Team (4)Doug PlattenStuart SmithRobert McCormack
Ballymena Wolfhounds (2)Ian McIlroyJeffrey Gormley
Carrickfergus Knights (4)Mark BanksPaul WoodsMark HarrisTBA
Dublin Bulls (4)Jonathan WilsonTBATBATBA
Dublin Tornadoes (2)Seaghan SuttonTBA
Dublin Lightning (4)Daragh WalshMichael RochfordEoin QuinlivanPaul Whelan
Portadown Panthers (4)Wesley BellIris BurnsideDarren Burnside
Drimnagh Cycos (2)Stephen DunneLiam Farrell
Rebels (2)John DurradAlan Burke
DCU (2)Graham ColemanTBA
Delegates to American Football Association of Ireland AGM 1997 [Reference: 2]


Internet Archive

[1] Dublin Tornadoes | Wayback Machine (1998) Irish Clubs Index [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 January 2020]


[2] Jim Hutton (1997) “Annual General Meeting Agenda” American Football Association of Ireland. Sunday, 11 May 1997.


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

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