American Football Ireland Winter 1984


Dublin Celts Green
Dublin Celts White
Irish American Football Winter 1984 [Reference: 1]


DateHome TeamAway Team
Week ?Phoenix Park
17.03.1985Dublin Celts GreenDublin Celts White
Irish American Football 1984-85 [Reference: 1]


The Dublin Celts were American Football Ireland’s first official team, founded in 1984, after an advertisement was placed in the Evening Herald [Reference: 2]. About two dozen Regulars met at the Phoenix Park in Dublin for an American Football practice session and a short game [Reference: 1], presumably wearing their two different shirt colours: Green and White.

The game was new to Ireland following the influence of the UK’s Channel 4 Sunday evening programmes showing games from the United States of America. The Irish Times of 16th March 1985 reported there were apparently the start of teams in Coleraine, Co. Derry; and Blanchardstown, Foxrock and University College Dublin, all Co. Dublin. [Reference: 1]



[1] Anon. (1985) “Football Crazy” Irish Times. Saturday, March 16, 1985. pg. 16 [Internet] Available from the Irish Times Archive at: [The Irish Times Archive is a subscripttion service.


[2] Kevin Sharkey “The-Dublin-Celts History” 18 October 2020. Shared with permission by John Gunning via Facebook Messenger 18 October 2020.


Thanks to Kevin Sharkey (Dublin Celts, Dublin Lightning and North Kildare Reapers).

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