American High School Football Games in Ireland 2012-Present

Global Football Logo 2018 [Reference: 9]

Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012-2020

GIFT 2012Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin
31.08.2012Jesuit Prep (Dallas, TX)30Loyola Academy (Willmette, WI)29
31.08.2012John Carroll U (U Heights, OH)40St. Norbert’s Coll (De Pere, WI)3
GIFT 2012Parnell Park, Dublin
31.08.2012Kent School (Kent, CT)26National School of American Football (UK)2
31.08.2012Notre Dame (Sherman Oak, CA)27Hamilton HS (AZ)15
GIFT 2012Pairc Tailteann, Navan
31.08.2012Oak Park HS (Winnipeg, MN)18Villanova Coll (King City, ON)9
31.08.2012Notre Dame (Scottsdale, AZ)20Father Judge (Philadelphia, PA)6
GIFT 2014
2014Penn Manor (PA)27Cedar Cliff (PA)20
American Football Showcase Dublin 2016Trinity College Dublin
02.09.2016Westminster School (Atlanta, GA)42Community School Naples (Naples, FL)21
02.09.2016Blessed Trinity (Atlanta, GA)28St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)41
02.09.2016Marist School (Atlanta, GA)27Belen Jesuit (Miami, FL)0
Dublin High School Football Schowcase
Global Ireland Football Tournament / High School Football Showcase 2012-Present [References: 1-5]



As part of the weekend of the College Football Classic between Notre Dame Fighting Irish & Navy Midshipmen in 2012, 12 High Schools and Colleges played as part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament, attracting a total of 13, 000 spectators to two venues in Dublin and one in Navan, Co. Meath. The weekend features a Parade through Dublin City Centre, a Pep Rally at Trinity College, Educational Tours of various Dublin and Meath sites, practices at Uniuiversity College Dublin, the GAA Semi-Finals at Croke Park, and interactions with local sports teams. [Reference: 1-2; 4]

In the matches, Jesuit Prep from Dallas, Texas, and John Carroll University from University Heights, Ohio won at Donnybrook Stadium; Kent School, from Kent, Connecticut and Notre Dame from Sherman Oak in California, won in Parnell Park; and Oak Ridge High School, from Winnipeg in Mantoba, Canada, and Notre Dame, from Scottsdale, Arizona, won in Paric Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath. [1-2; 4]

31 August 2012; A general view of the game. Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Arizona v Father Judge, Philadelphia. Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***


Three High School games marked the opening of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College & Georgia Tech in 2016. Three High Schools from Atlanta, Georgia, were in action against two from Florida, and one from New Jersey, as Westminster School and Marist School picked up wins for the Atlanta schools, and St. Peter’s Prep won for New Jersey in the other game. The games were played in the grounds of Trinity College, Dublin [Reference: 5-6]


Global Football has provided over 17,000 Amateur American Footballers, along with their families, from more that 370 schools the opportunity to play abroad, and experience the cultures of other peoples and nations, whilst competing internationally [Reference: 6]

Kent School, from Kent, Connecticut and Community School Naples, Florida, will return in 2020. [Reference: 7-8]



[1] Irish American Football Association (2012) GIFT 2012[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[2] Global Football (2015) GIFT 2012 Final Recap[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[3] Global Football (2014) GIFT Ireland [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 8 December 2016]

[4] Global Football | Michael Preston (2015) When Global Football, the Irish & Midshipmen Rocked Dublin [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 January 2020]

[5] Global Football (2016) America Football Showcase Dublin[Internet] Available from:[Accessed 17 January 2020]

[6] Trinity College Dublin (2016) [Internet] Available from: Trinity Announced as Official Welcome Village for Aer Lingus American College Football Classic [Accessed 17 January 2020]

[7] American Football International (2020) Dublin High School Football Showcase set for this summer [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 January 2020]

[8] Global Football | Michael Preston (2016) Kent School Returns To Ireland[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 January 2020]


[9] Global Football (2019) Global Football Logo 2018 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 January 2010]

[10] Global Football | Michael Preston (2015) When Global Football, the Irish & Midshipmen Rocked Dublin [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 January 2020]


Thanks to Sean Douglas, Dublin Rebels & University College Dublin.

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