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Fantasy Draft Preview 2014

Over the next couple of weeks, NFL Ireland will cast an eye over an event that will affect the next 5 months of so many lives around the world. Of course, I’m talking about the fantasy football draft. Some of us bury ourselves in statistics and rankings in the weeks before the draft, some turn up on the day hoping …

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Don’t Discount the Dolphins

Tannehill reacts to the news that he will have 5 new offensive linemen in 2014 From 1970-2002, the Miami Dolphins were one of the most consistent and popular teams in the NFL. Over that stretch the Dolphins had a just two losing seasons. Legendary head coach Don Shula led the team to four Superbowl appearances, winning in 1972 and 1973. …

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Shamrock Bowl XXVIII Final Match Report

Shamrock Bowl Final: Trinity College Dublin 0 – Belfast Trojans 7   The coveted Waterford Crystal Bowl made its way back to Belfast as the Trojans overcame a tough and spirited Trinity College side, as the defending champions grinded out a 7-0 win in front of 1,500 fans in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin this Sunday. The Trojans were aiming to clinch …

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The Sleeping Steelers

Big Ben and the Sleeping Steelers could be a giant in 2014. Following two 8-8 seasons the suggestion could be made that the Pittsburgh Steelers are quite an ordinary football team.  Perhaps they have been blinded by a feeling of content; after all, they have won the Super Bowl more times in the last ten years (2) than 20 teams in the …

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Shamrock Bowl XXVIII Preview

Shamrock Bowl Final Preview: The biggest game in Irish American Football is nearly upon us. This Sunday, two of the countries best teams will compete for the Shamrock Bowl at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin to be crowned the 2014 National Champions. Who will prevail? The reigning and defending Champions, The Belfast Trojans will be heading to Dublin to take on Trinity …

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NFL Hall of Fame Game 2014

Hall of Famer Michael Strahan ‘Stomps it out’ before the 2014 Hall of Fame game. New York Giants v Buffalo Bills Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio August 3rd 2014 The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills kicked off the 2014 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game. In front of a packed house of 22,000 football fans in Canton, Ohio, …

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John Stewart on Ray Rice & the NFL

Rice is set to miss the opening 2 games of the 2014 season On Valentines Day this year Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens punched his Fiancé (now wife) and knocked her out at a casino in Atlantic City. Here is the video released by TMZ of Rice dragging his unconscious wife to be from an elevator. Unfortunately your browser …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 4: Dublin Rebels

7 time champions, Dublin Rebels in action against the Craigavon Cowboys. Photo by Media 401 Productions The Breakdown series has reached the last chapter of the semi final previews, but it is by no means the least. The fourth and final team competing for the Shamrock Bowl this year is none other, than the Dublin Rebels. As the most dominant …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 3: Trinity College Dublin

Rob McDowell & Dan Finnamore in action in Santry this season. Photo by Charisse Mae Ducao With the first semi final preview done and dusted, we move swiftly  on to the remaining two teams, beginning with the undefeated, Trinity College Dublin. TCD have had a terrific year, winning each of their 8 games and putting up some impressive scores on offence. They have …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 2: University of Limerick Vikings

QB Glenn Carr in action against the West Dublin Rhinos. Photo by Dexter O’Thuithear The second part (see part 1 here) of the Shamrock Bowl Breakdown series looks at the historic and talented, University of Limerick Vikings. The Vikings booked their place in the semi-finals with a hard fought 20-6 victory against a tough as nails, West Dublin Rhinos side. The …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 1: The Belfast Trojans

Neil Montgomery fights his way through the Rhinos defence. (Cover Photo by Dave Bradshaw Photography) Once again we reach the pinnacle stages of the Irish footballing calendar, where four teams will battle it out to cement their place in the biggest game of the year; The Shamrock Bowl. This four part series will look at the teams vying for a …

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Rookies React to their Madden Rating

What would you rate Johnny Manziel at? EA have released a preview of the upcoming Madden 15 game. Instead of a list of features or some heavy hitting base drums, they’ve shown us how high profile rookies have reacted to seeing their Madden rating. The actual rating of each player hasn’t yet been released just yet as those crafty folks …

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What’s going on with Andre Johnson?

The Star Wide-Out is facing being forced to sit out the entire season. Andre Johnson has been to the Pro-Bowl 7 times in his 10 year career. He sits at 17th in the all time list of receiving yards and is the 2nd leading active receiver (behind Reggie Wayne). He has spent his entire career at the Houston Texans and …

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This week in the NFL , suspensions suspensions and more suspensions.

With a year long ban hanging over him, Josh Gordon got arrested again this week. Seemingly every piece of News in the NFL this week focused on players receiving suspensions for substance abuse. On Monday reports came out of Philadelphia that starting Right Tackle, Lane Johnson, had tested positive for PEDs. News of the Oklahoma products failed test was broken …

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Fantasy Draft Preview 2014

Over the next couple of weeks, NFL Ireland will cast an eye over an event that will affect the next 5 months of so many lives around the world. Of course, I’m talking about the fantasy football draft. Some of us bury ourselves in statistics and rankings in the weeks before the draft, some turn up on the day hoping …

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Don’t Discount the Dolphins

Tannehill reacts to the news that he will have 5 new offensive linemen in 2014 From 1970-2002, the Miami Dolphins were one of the most consistent and popular teams in the NFL. Over that stretch the Dolphins had a just two losing seasons. Legendary head coach Don Shula led the team to four Superbowl appearances, winning in 1972 and 1973. …

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Shamrock Bowl XXVIII Final Match Report

Shamrock Bowl Final: Trinity College Dublin 0 – Belfast Trojans 7   The coveted Waterford Crystal Bowl made its way back to Belfast as the Trojans overcame a tough and spirited Trinity College side, as the defending champions grinded out a 7-0 win in front of 1,500 fans in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin this Sunday. The Trojans were aiming to clinch …

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The Sleeping Steelers

Big Ben and the Sleeping Steelers could be a giant in 2014. Following two 8-8 seasons the suggestion could be made that the Pittsburgh Steelers are quite an ordinary football team.  Perhaps they have been blinded by a feeling of content; after all, they have won the Super Bowl more times in the last ten years (2) than 20 teams in the …

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NFL Hall of Fame Game 2014

Hall of Famer Michael Strahan ‘Stomps it out’ before the 2014 Hall of Fame game. New York Giants v Buffalo Bills Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio August 3rd 2014 The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills kicked off the 2014 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game. In front of a packed house of 22,000 football fans in Canton, Ohio, …

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John Stewart on Ray Rice & the NFL

Rice is set to miss the opening 2 games of the 2014 season On Valentines Day this year Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens punched his Fiancé (now wife) and knocked her out at a casino in Atlantic City. Here is the video released by TMZ of Rice dragging his unconscious wife to be from an elevator. Unfortunately your browser …

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Rookies React to their Madden Rating

What would you rate Johnny Manziel at? EA have released a preview of the upcoming Madden 15 game. Instead of a list of features or some heavy hitting base drums, they’ve shown us how high profile rookies have reacted to seeing their Madden rating. The actual rating of each player hasn’t yet been released just yet as those crafty folks …

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What’s going on with Andre Johnson?

The Star Wide-Out is facing being forced to sit out the entire season. Andre Johnson has been to the Pro-Bowl 7 times in his 10 year career. He sits at 17th in the all time list of receiving yards and is the 2nd leading active receiver (behind Reggie Wayne). He has spent his entire career at the Houston Texans and …

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This week in the NFL , suspensions suspensions and more suspensions.

With a year long ban hanging over him, Josh Gordon got arrested again this week. Seemingly every piece of News in the NFL this week focused on players receiving suspensions for substance abuse. On Monday reports came out of Philadelphia that starting Right Tackle, Lane Johnson, had tested positive for PEDs. News of the Oklahoma products failed test was broken …

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HBO Releases (Brief) Hard Knocks Trailer

Atlanta Falcons set to feature on Season 9 of Hard Knocks On the 19th of June the Falcons announced they would be featured on the 9th season of HBO/NFL Films Show Hard Knocks. Yesterday HBO release a very brief teaser trailer….and here it is! Buzz: Hard Knocks Atlanta Falcons

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Tyler, Texas is now Cleveland Browns Territory

Formers Aggies QB Johnny Manziel was on the board when Americas Team had the pick…and they passed. It seemed like fate didn’t it. Johnathan Paul Manziel, born in Texas, went to Texas A&M and both Texas teams needed a QB and one of them had the first pick! The Texans could be forgiven for not taking Manziel, you can’t pass …

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Neck Injury Ends Franklin’s Career

Promising young Running Back Johnathan Franklin looks to have had his career ended by injury   Green Bay invested heavily in the running back position in recent drafts and it looks now as though one of those investments football career has been cut short. 24 year old Franklin, was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and was …

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Jadeavon Clowney has (very minor) surgery!

Texans Coach Bill O’Brien reported that the number one pick in this years draft went under the knife on Thursday. Not expected to miss much, Clowney should be available come training camp in July, having suffered a minor sports hernia. O’Brien went on to say We’re looking forward to seeing him in training camp Anyone who has had a hernia …

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Have we seen the last of Beast Mode in the NFL?

Is this just ‘Marshawn being Marshawn’ or do Seahawks fans have something serious to worry about? There is some uncomfortable rumours surfacing in the North West. Could Marshawn Lynch really be contemplating retirement? Lynch is due to sit down with the Seahawks before training camp to discuss a contract extension. The tone of that discussion could shape Lynch’s decision wheather …

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Notre Dame head into National Championship as underdogs

Football fans won’t expect much sleep this weekend, after two days of NFL playoffs, Tuesday morning at 01.30am will see Notre Dame playing for their first national championship since 1988 against reigning champions Alabama. In a season that started with the Fighting Irish thumping Navy 50-10 in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Notre Dame finished the regular season undefeated and …

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Irish punter still has NFL dreams

Irish born University of Colorado punter Darragh O’Neill, who we previously featured, still has his sights set on entering the NFL.

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Notre Dame win in triple overtime

Third ranked Notre Dame moved to 9-0 with a controversial win over the University of Pittsburgh in South Bend, Indiana.

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Notre Dame 41 – 3 Miami Hurricanes

Notre Dame are now 5-0 after demolishing the 4-1 Miami Hurricanes in Soldier Field Chicago. This season is the Irish’s best start since 2002 when they went the first eight unbeaten.

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Le’Veon Bell hurdles Indiana defender

Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell hurdled a defender for the second time this year, this time against Indiana.

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The one point safety!

Ever heard of the one point safety? This college football rule states that if a safety is scored on a point-after attempt then it’s worth only one point.

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Shamrock Bowl XXVIII Final Match Report

Shamrock Bowl Final: Trinity College Dublin 0 – Belfast Trojans 7   The coveted Waterford Crystal Bowl made its way back to Belfast as the Trojans overcame a tough and spirited Trinity College side, as the defending champions grinded out a 7-0 win in front of 1,500 fans in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin this Sunday. The Trojans were aiming to clinch …

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Shamrock Bowl XXVIII Preview

Shamrock Bowl Final Preview: The biggest game in Irish American Football is nearly upon us. This Sunday, two of the countries best teams will compete for the Shamrock Bowl at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin to be crowned the 2014 National Champions. Who will prevail? The reigning and defending Champions, The Belfast Trojans will be heading to Dublin to take on Trinity …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 4: Dublin Rebels

7 time champions, Dublin Rebels in action against the Craigavon Cowboys. Photo by Media 401 Productions The Breakdown series has reached the last chapter of the semi final previews, but it is by no means the least. The fourth and final team competing for the Shamrock Bowl this year is none other, than the Dublin Rebels. As the most dominant …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 3: Trinity College Dublin

Rob McDowell & Dan Finnamore in action in Santry this season. Photo by Charisse Mae Ducao With the first semi final preview done and dusted, we move swiftly  on to the remaining two teams, beginning with the undefeated, Trinity College Dublin. TCD have had a terrific year, winning each of their 8 games and putting up some impressive scores on offence. They have …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 2: University of Limerick Vikings

QB Glenn Carr in action against the West Dublin Rhinos. Photo by Dexter O’Thuithear The second part (see part 1 here) of the Shamrock Bowl Breakdown series looks at the historic and talented, University of Limerick Vikings. The Vikings booked their place in the semi-finals with a hard fought 20-6 victory against a tough as nails, West Dublin Rhinos side. The …

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Shamrock Bowl Breakdown Part 1: The Belfast Trojans

Neil Montgomery fights his way through the Rhinos defence. (Cover Photo by Dave Bradshaw Photography) Once again we reach the pinnacle stages of the Irish footballing calendar, where four teams will battle it out to cement their place in the biggest game of the year; The Shamrock Bowl. This four part series will look at the teams vying for a …

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Top 5 ‘Big Man with the Ball’ Moments

Mavericks Nose Tackle, Shane McNulty, Rumbled for a 93 Yard Score on Sunday. Photo Dundalk Mavericks Facebook On Sunday the 15th of June in the Irish American Football League 3rd Tier, IAFL2, the Dundalk Mavericks faced off against the Galway Warriors. The Mavericks triumphed 27-0 as they continued an impressive debut campaign. Playing football in Ireland truly feels like partaking …

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Defence wins Championships

Trojans Defence fighting their way to 3rd Successive Shamrock Bowl – Cover photo by Dave Bradshaw Photography As the saying goes, ‘Defence wins Championships’ and there is no shortage of people who would agree with such a statement. Great teams are built on a productive offence and a solid defence; with these two ingredients coming together, you have the makings …

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IAFA Schedule 18th of May 2014

Shamrock Bowl Conference Dublin Rebels @ Criagavon Cowboys 2pm, Chambers Park, Portadown, Co. Armagh, NI North Kildare Reapers @ Waterford Wolves 2pm, Waterford RSC, Waterford, Co. Waterford  IAFL1 Cork Admirals @ Drogheda Lightning St. Olivers Community School, Drogheda, Co. Louth IAFL2 South Kildare Soldiers @ Galway Warriors 2pm, GMIT, Galway  

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IAFL Fixtures Sunday 12th May

2013 Shamrock Bowl Conference Fixtures – Week 11 Craigavon Cowboys @ West Dublin Rhinos – Castleknock College – Kick Off 2pm Dublin Rebels @ Belfast Trojans – Shorts S&R Club – Kick Off 2pm 2013 IAFL-1 Fixtures – Week 7 North Kildare Reapers @ Dublin Dragons – Garda RFC, Westsmanstown – Kick Off 2pm

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IAFL 2013 Week 6 Fixtures

The weather is finally clearing up so we should see the full set of four fixtures going ahead in the Shamrock Bowl Conference.

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IAFL 2013 Week 4 Fixtures

All four pitches have been declared unplayable this weekend so all games have been postponed unfortunately.

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IAFL 2013 Week 3 Fixtures

With the IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference well under way, the IAFL-1 kicks off this week with a number of new teams making their IAFL debut.

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IAFL Week 2 Results

The Rebels, Trojans and Vikings all take a win out of their opening fixture. Dublin Rebels 22-0 Dublin Rhinos Craigavon Cowboys 13-46 Belfast Trojans UCD 0-11 UL Vikings

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