Shamrock Bowl Results 1986-Present
|1986||Belfast Blitzers||7||Dublin Celts||0|
|I||1986||Craigavon Cowboys||6||Dublin Celts||2|
|II||1987||Dublin Celts||43||Craigavon Cowboys||25|
|III||1988||Dublin Celts||34||Belfast Blitzers||6|
|IV||1989||Dublin Celts||7||Antrim Bulldogs||6|
|Irish League Final|
|1990||Craigavon Cowboys||54||Belfast Spartans||3|
|V||1990||Dublin Celts||40||Craigavon Cowboys||0|
|VI||1991||Dublin Celts||66||Antrim Bulldogs||6|
|VII||1992||Craigavon Cowboys||14||Antrim Bulldogs||6|
|VIII||1993||Dublin Tornadoes||22||Dublin Celts||2|
|IX||1994||Dublin Tornadoes||21||Carrickfergus Knights||15|
|X||1995||Dublin Tornadoes||44||Carrickfergus Knights||12|
|XI||1996||Dublin Lightning||26||Dublin Tornadoes||8|
|XII||1997||Carrickfergus Knights||21||Dublin Bulls||0|
|XIII||1998||Carrickfergus Knights||22||Dublin Tigers||14|
|XIV||1999||Dublin Tigers||22||Carrickfergus Knights||6|
|XV||2001||Dublin Rebels||28||Carrickfergus Knights||7|
|XVI||2002||Carrickfergus Knights||66||University of Limerick Vikings||0|
|XVII||2003||Dublin Rebels||24||Carrickfergus Knights||12|
|XVIII||2004||Dublin Rebels||24||Carrickfergus Knights||22|
|XIX||2005||Dublin Rebels||26||Belfast Bulls||19|
|XX||2006||Dublin Rebels||44||University of Limerick Vikings||12|
|XXI||2007||University of Limerick Vikings||22||Cork Admirals||14|
|XXII||2008||University of Limerick Vikings||14||Dublin Rebels||12|
|XXIII||2009||University of Limerick Vikings||9||Dublin Rebels||6 (OT)|
|XXIV||2010||Dublin Rebels||15||University of Limerick Vikings||0|
|XXV||2011||Dublin Rebels||14||University of Limerick Vikings||13|
|XXVI||2012||Belfast Trojans||16||University of Limerick Vikings||14|
|XXVII||2013||Belfast Trojans||48||Dublin Rebels||18|
|XXVIII||2014||Belfast Trojans||7||Trinity College Dublin||0|
|XXIX||2015||Belfast Trojans||28||Trinity College Dublin||14|
|XXX||2016||Dublin Rebels||12||Belfast Trojans||7|
|XXXI||2017||Dublin Rebels||12||Carrickfergus Knights||6|
|XXXII||2018||Cork Admirals||18||Dublin Rebels||16|
|XXXIII||2019||Belfast Trojans||24||South Dublin Panthers||10|
Note 1: The 1986 season featured two Finals; The All-Ireland League and Championship based on an Irish / British League and Cup system were both won by Belfast Blitzers. Two months later in October 1986 sponsors decided there should be a big American-style Bowl game to finish the season, to which Belfast Blitzers and Dublin Celts – the top two teams – were invited, but the Blitzers as both League and Cup Champions declined to take part as they condsidered themselves already Champions. Craigavon Cowboys took their place and won Shamrock Bowl I by a score of 6-2 against the Dublin Celts.
Note 2: The 1990 Shamrock Bowl is disputed between the Craigavon Cowboys & Dublin Celts. There was a separate Irish League (Northern Ireland) & League of Ireland (Republic of Ireland) with the Dublin Celts electing to play in the NCMMA (British Second Level) as well as playing matches against Irish Teams. At the end of the Season a match was organised between the Winners of the Irish League (Craigavon Cowboys) & the Dublin Celts, which the Celts won 40-0, according to the AFI website.
Note 3: There was no League in 2000 or 2020
Composite Table 1986-2019
|University of Limerick Vikings||8||3||5|
|Carrickfergus Knights *||9||3||7|
|South Dublin Panthers||1||0||1|
|Trinity College Dublin||2||0||2|
|Antrim / A26 Bulldogs||3||0||3|
Note: * Carrickfergus Knights are now the Belfast Knights.
The Craigavon Cowboys won the first Shamrock Bowl in 1986, after that the Dublin Celts won 5-in-a-row from 1987 to 1991, a record winning streak that is still there today. Craigavon Cowboys won their second in 1992, before the Dublin Tornadoes won three in-a-row from 1993 to 1995, before being stopped short of four in-a-row by the Dublin Lightning in the Shamrock Bowl in 1996. The Carrickfergus Knights appeared in seven Shamrock Bowls in-a-row from 1997 to 2004, winning in 1997, 1998 and 2002, with the Dublin Tigers winning in 1999, and the Dublin Rebels in 2001.
From 2003 to 2006 the Rebels were Champions, with the University of Limerick Vikings winning their first of three-in-a-row in 2007. The Dublin Rebels then won in 2010 and 2011, before the Belfast Trojans won 4-in-a-row from 2012 to 2015, then it was another Rebels brace, winning in 2016 and 2017. The Cork Admirals won their first Shamrock bowl in 2018, before the Belfast Trojans won their fifth in 2019.
 Irish American Football Association (2019) Shamrock Bowl Winners [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/home/kitted-football/shamrock-bowl-history/ [Accessed 11 August 2019]
 American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFI-Logo-200.png [Accessed 10 February 2020]
 Anon. (1991) “Bowl back in Dublin”Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 30, 1991. pg. 18 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.
 Dublin Celts American Football Team | Facebook (2017) [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213260818544676&set=gm.457477981311995&type=3&theater&ifg=1 [Accessed 21 January 2019]
 Anon. (1986) “Sport in Brief: American Football” Sunday Press. August 17th, 1986. pg. 25.
 Anon. (1986) “Dublin Celts are Blitzed” Sunday Press. August 17th, 1986. pg. 25.
 Lucky Show (2016) Irish American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]
 Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, August 12-17, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940 [Accessed 17 August 2019]
 Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, September 7, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2286790341432108?comment_id=2287705898007219&reply_comment_id=2292185984225877¬if_id=1568031304420635¬if_t=feed_comment [Accessed 9 September 2019]
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Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association;| Tony McDevitt; Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws); Joe Grey (Dublin Dragons); Sean Douglas (Dublin Rebels & UCD); and John Gunning (Tokyo Times, Inside Sport Japan and American Football International).
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