Category: Dublin Lightning (1995-1999)

Dublin Lightning American Football Ireland Team Roster and Game Summaries 1996

Dublin Lightning Logo [Reference: 3]

1996 Results

25.08.1996HBelfast Spartans
SB XI15.09.1996NDublin TornadoesW26-6
[Reference: 2[

Dublin Lightning Team Roster 1996

Derek WardCoach
Tom WallsCoach
Martin RodgersCoach
1Cillian SmithWide Receiver
2C. McDermottKicker
5D. NeidellKicker / Defensive Back
11C. RoussetWide Receiver / Defensive Back
12R. MCullachWide Receiver
13Eoin GogginsQuarterback / Safety
22R. AndrewsRunning Back
28G. StanleyDefensive End
32Derek WardQuarterback / Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back
33N. McCabeFullback / Outside Linebacker
34D. CashRunning Back
36P. SingletonDefensive Back
38C. WardCornerback / Running Back
44R. McCabeRunning Back / Inside Linebacker
45M. RochfordCornerback
46G. McManusOutside Linebacker
47Al BurkeTight End
48J. O’NeillDefensive Tackle
50E. BruntonOffensive Line / Defensive Tackle
51D. WalshDefensive Tackle
56M. RodgersOffensive Line / Inside Linebacker
61B. McEvillyOffensive Line / Defensive Tackle
63T. WallsOffensive Line / Inside Linebacker
65S. MooneyOffensive Line
67Kevin SharkeyOffensive Tackle / Defensive Tackle
71 E. QuinlivanDefensive End / Guard
81P. WhelanWide Receiver
82 R. KieranWide Receiver
[References: 4]


Dublin Lightning caused a shock in Shamrock Bowl XI in 1996 triumphing 26-8 against three-times Champions Dublin Tornadoes in the Final Game. The strategy all game was for the defense, led by Tom Walls, to shut down the Tornadoes offense led by Brian Sutton and Brian Dennehy, and apart from a brief period in the first half it worked. The Lightning had knocked out the Carrickfergus Knights 7-0 in the Semi-Finals.


[2] Naughton, L. (1996) “American Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, 22 August 1996, pg. 67.

[3] Naughton, L. (1996) “US Football”Evening Herald. Thursday, 9 September 1996, pg. 65.

[4] (1996) “US Football”, Evening Herald, Thursday, September 19, 1996, pg. 79


[5] Dublin Lightning (1999) Lightning Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 July 2018]

[6] Kevin Sharkey Facebook (2012) Photo, April 12, 2012 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 May 2020][Cropped and Resized]


[7] American Football Association of Ireland Shamrock Bowl ’96 Dublin Lightning v Dublin Tornadoes


Thanks to Cillian Smith and Kevin Sharkey

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