Irish American Football League 2005


Final Standings

*Belfast Bulls87101445614
*Dublin Rebels85212349011
*Carrickfergus Knights852129111411
*Cork Admirals83501741886
University of Limerick Vikings8350961746
Dublin Dragons808083010
Irish American Football League Standings 2005 [Ref: 2]

Playoff Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
14.08.2005Belfast Bulls31Cork Admirals0
14.08.2005Dublin Rebels26Carrickfergus Knights20
Shamrock Bowl XIX (Grafton Arena, Belfast)
28.08.2005Belfast Bulls19Dublin Rebels26
Irish American Football League Standings 2005 [Ref: 2]

Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
20.02.2005UL Vikings0Dublin Rebels30
Week 2
06.03.2005Belfast Bulls16UL Vikings8
Week 3
13.03.2005Belfast Bulls22Dublin Rebels14
13.03.2005UL Vikings26Cork Admirals22
Week 4
20.03.2005Dublin Dragons0UL Vikings28
Week 5
03.04.2005Cork Admirals22Carrickfergus Knights46
03.04.2005UL Vikings20Dublin Dragons0
Week 6
10.04.2005UL Vikings0Belfast Bulls14
Week 7
17.04.2005Cork AdmiralspUL Vikingsp
17.04.2005Dublin Rebels8Carrickfergus Knights8
Week 8
24.04.2005Dublin Dragons0Belfast Bulls23
24.04.2005Carrickfergus Knights54UL Vikings14
Week 9
22.05.2005Carrickfergus Knights0Belfast Bulls30
22.05.2005Dublin Rebels34Cork Admirals20
Week 10
29.05.2005Dublin Rebels50Dublin Dragons0
Week 11
05.06.2005Belfast Bulls20Cork Admirals0
Week 12
12.06.2005Carrickfergus Knights32Dublin Rebels20
Week 13
19.06.2005Dublin Dragons0Cork Admirals6
Week 14
03.07.2005Belfast Bulls19Carrickfergus Knights8
Week 15
10.07.2005Dublin Dragons8Dublin Rebels52
Week 16
17.07.2005Cork Admirals54Dublin Dragons0
Week 17
24.07.2005Dublin Rebels26Belfast Bulls0
24.07.2005Cork Admirals12Carrickfergus Knights62
Week 18
31.07.2005Carrickfergus Knights68Dublin Dragons0
31.07.2005Cork Admirals38UL Vikings0
Irish American Football League Standings 2005 [Ref: 2]

Note: 2 Pts Win, 1 Pts Tie, 0 Loss


The 2005 IAFL season featured the same 6 teams as in 2004.

The Belfast Bulls showed how far they had come in such a short time, going 7-1 to claim the league title, ahead of the Dublin Rebels & Carrickfergus Knights on 5-2-1. Joining them in the playoffs were the Cork Admirals, who finished ahead of the much improved UL Vikings on tie-breaker after both teams had finished 3-5. Dublin Dragons propped up the table, losing all 8 matches.

Belfast Bulls won through to the Shamrock Bowl with a relatively easy win over the Cork Admirals, while the other Semi_Final was a thriller yet again between the Carrickfergus Knights and Dublin Rebels, with the Rebels winning 26-20.

The Shamrock Bowl itself was to prove a case of experience over youth, with the Rebels coming out on top 26-19 in another thriller against the Belfast Bulls.

Shamrock Bowl XIX Logo [Ref: 4]
Shamrock Bowl XIX Dublin Rebels 26 Belfast Bulls 19 [references:



[1] Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 11 December 2017]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2005) 2005 LEAGUE TABLE, FIXTURES & RESULTS [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 September 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2018) Shamrock Bowl History [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 April 2018]


[3] American Football Ireland Facebook (2020) Photo, May 6, 2020: Shamrock Bowl XIX Logo “This weeks Shamrock Bowl throwback will be the 2005 nail bitter between the Dublin Rebels and the Belfast Bulls which was played at Deramore Park in Belfast. “ [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 15 May 2020]


[4] You Tube Belfast Harlequins RFC Channel (2020) Shamrock Bowl XIX [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 January 2021]


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association, and Sean Douglas, Dublin Rebels.

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 15 May 2020

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