Irish American Football Association Pick-Up Games 1985-86


Dublin Celts Green100166.500
Dublin Celts Orange100166.500
University College Dublin
Marlay Chargers
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DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1St. Paul’s Park Raheny
05.01.1986Dublin Celts Green6Dublin Celts Orange6
[References: 1-2]


In the early days of American Football in Ireland, before pads and helmets, pick-up games were organised in University College Dublin, Marlay Park (Rathfarnham) and St. Paul’s Park, Raheny. Dublin Celts became the first team in Ireland to become fully kitted in 1985, and while not playing International matches against Wirral Wolves and Newcastle senators from England, played matches among their own members in Raheny. One such match, just after New Years Day in 1986, featuring Irish Press reporter Sean Mannion, ended one Touchdown each.


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[2] Sean Mannion (1986) “Touchdown, Dublin Celts” Irish Press. Monday, January 6, 1986. pg. 9.


Thanks to Brian Manning & Anthony “Pippo” O’Grady

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