Irish American Football League Festivals & Exhibition Matches 1986-Present

American Football Ireland Logo 2020 [Reference: 22]


DateTeam 1Team 2
Jack Daniels Summer BowlBelevedere RFC, Dublin
04.07.1986Dublin Celts
20.07.1986Belfast Blitzers53Aldergrove Hawks22
Jack Daniels Summer BowlBelvedere RFC, Dublin
04.07.1987Dublin Celts26Belfast Blitzers0
Acgragar GAA, Co. Laois
16.08.1987Dublin Celts26Belfast Blitzers14
Jack Daniels Summer BowlBelvedere RFC, Co. Laois
04.07.1988Dublin CeltsNorthern Hordes
1988Dublin Tornadoes46Antrim Bulldogs0
17.07.1988Labatt Spartans??A26 Bulldogs8
Birr Vintage FestivalBirr, Co. Offaly
21.08.1988Dublin TornadoesAntrim Bulldogs
Jack Daniels Summer BowlBelvedere RFC< Dublin
ExhibitionBreffni Park, Co. Cavan
19.08.1989Belfast GiantsCraigavon Cowboys
ExhibitionAthy RFC, Co. Kildare
24.05.1992Dublin TornadoesDrogheda Vikings
July 4th FestivalWestport, Co. Mayo
04.07.1993Dublin Tornadoes33Belfast Spartans0
04.07.1993*Ardee Falcons0Dublin Tornadoes0
InternationalWicklow RFC, Co. Wicklow
12.08.1995IAFL All-StarsBritish Bulldogs
ExhibitionMelvin Park, Co. Tyrone
ExhibitionJennings Park, Newry, Co. Down
05.10.2008*Craigavon CowboysEdenderry Soldiers
Blarney BowlBlarney, Co. Cork
04.07.2010Cork Admirals40Dublin Dragons6
Moneygall American FestivalMoneygall, Co. Offaly
04.07.2012*Trim Bulldogs28Drogheda Lightning26
Rivals BowlDeramore Park
04.07.2014+Belfast Trojans50Carrickfergus Knights0
Friday Night LightsNavan, Co. Meath
04.07.2014+Meath Bulldogs29Mullingar Minotaurs22
Stars & Stripes EventPeople’s Park, Portadown
07.2016Craigavon CowboysWSouth Kildare SoldiersL
Marcel Seeley Alumni GamePeople’s Park, Portadown
17.06.2018Craigavon CowboysNI Razorbacks
Marcell Seeley Memorial CupPeople’s Park, Portadown
06.2019Craigavon Cowboys27Wexford Eagles13

References: [1-8]

Note: *8v8 Exhibition Match. + Regular Season Match


There have been Festival Matches and Exhibition matches held during the season in Irish American Football since 1986. Often held on American Independence Day, or during Festivals in small towns or villages throughout Ireland, they can be a highlight of the year for many, as up to 5,000 can turn up to watch, as was the case in the July 4th Festival in Westport, Co. Mayo in 1993.

Craigavon Cowboys Team Photo versus South Kildare Soldiers at Stars & Stripes Event 2016 [Reference: 21]



[1] (2019) 1986 Results [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 August 2019]


[1] Anon. (1986) “New Ball-Game for Tony Ward” Irish Press Tuesday, July 1, 1986. pg. 16.

[2] Anon. (1987) “American Football” Irish Press. Monday, July 6, 1987, pg. 13.

[3] Anon.(1988) “Incredible Hulks – just like a herd of Buffalo” Irish independent Monday, July 4, 1988. pg. 3.

[4] Anon. (1988) “Birr Vintage Festival” Nenagh Guardian. Saturday, August 13, 1988. pg. 15.

[5] Anon. (1988) “Sports Diary | American Football” Sunday Independent Sunday, July 2, 1989. pg. 29.

[6] Anon. (1989) “American Football featured at Cavan Festival | Picture Caption” Anglo-Celt. Thursday, July 27, 1989. pg. 24.

[7] Sheridan, Barbara (1992) “Tight breeches, but no glamour” Nationalist and Leinster Times. Friday, May 29, 1992. pg. 7.

[8] Anon. (1998) “An Srath Ban, Cumann Mhic Sioghair C.L.G.” Strabane Chronicle. Thursday, July 2, 1998. pg. 31.

[9] Naughton, Lindie (1995) “American Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, July 13, 1995. pg. 73 [Pg. 79 Irish Newspaper Archive]

[10]O’Doherty, Caroline (1995) “Feast of entertainment at American Football Blitz” Wicklow People. Thursday, August 10, 1995. pg. 5.

Note: Past copies of the Evening Herald are available to view online at the Irish Newspaper Archive: and British Newspaper Archive:, both of which are subscription services. Past copies of the Wicklow People are available at the British Newspaper Archive:


[11] (2008) Post by TITAN #1, 3 October 2008 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 April 2018]

[12] Irish American Football Association | Wayback Machine (2018) Blarney Bowl, 4th July, Cork [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 June 2018]

[13] Irish American Football Association (2010) 2010 IAFL Standings/Schedule [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 March 2014]

[14] Monegall GAA (2012) Trim Bulldogs v Drogheda Lightning [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 30 July 2018]

[15] Meath Bulldogs Fan Group | Facebook (2012) Post by Garland Drake, July 9, 2012 “ Trim Bulldogs win a dramatic exhibition game against Drodghea Lighting in Moneygall 28-26 “ [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 February 2019]

[16] Britball Now (2016) Historical Results [1988][Friendlies] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 January 2020]

[17] Craigavon Cowboys (2016) Cowboys beat Soldiers at Stars and Stripes Event [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 February 2020]

[18] Craigavon Cowboys | Scribd (2018) 2018 Game 7 Preview: Cowboys v Razorbacks [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 February 2020]

[19] Craigavon Cowboys (2019) Cowboys Triumph in Marcell Seeley Memorial Cup[Internet] Available from:[Accessed 10 February 2020]

[20] Irish American Football Association (2014) IAFL Action on Independence Day [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 30 April 2020]


[21] Craigavon Cowboys (2016) Cowboys beat Soldiers at Stars and Stripes Event [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 February 2020]

[22] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 February 2020]


Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Brianna Wallace & Heather Foust (Dublin Bay Raptors) and Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws)

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