Trinity Bowl 1992 Poster

American Football Association of Ireland Trinity Bowl 1992-1995

Trinity Bowl 1992 Poster [Reference: 1]

Trinity Bowls 1992-1995

DateWinners Runners-Up 
26.04.1992Dublin Tornadoes3Antrim Bulldogs0
25.04.1993Dublin Tornadoes22Antrim Bulldogs0
1994Dublin Tornadoes45Belfast Spartans6
1995Dublin Tornadoes44Dublin Lightning22


The Trinity Bowl was a pre-season game played in Trinity College Dublin from 1992 to 1995, and although not involving College teams, were the first American Football events played in Universities in Ireland. The first Trinity Bowl was in 1992, and was the first game of American Football ever played in Trinity’s College Park, although an unconfirmed report has a game being played there in the late-19th Century.

Dublin Tornadoes won all four Trinity Bowls versud the Antrim Bulldogs (1992 and 1993), Belfast Spartans (1994) and Dublin Lightning (1995). The first Trinity Bowl was only decided by a last-second Field Goal, the only score of the match, whereas in the other three Bowls the Tornadoes ran out easy winners, by 20 or more points.



[1] Trinity Bowl 1992 Poster (Personal Collection of Author).


[2] Naughton, L. (1993) “Tornadoes top dogs!” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 29, 1993. pg. 103 (59)

[3] Naughton, L. (1993) “US Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 15, 1993. pg. 100.

[4] Naughton, L. (1994) “American Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, May 5, 1994. pg. 91.

[5] Naughton, L. (1994) “US Football: Tornadoes blow hot” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 28, 1995. pg. 68.

Internet Archive

[6] Irish American Football Association – Wayback Machine Web Archive (2016) A brief History of American football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 July 2017]


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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