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Ireland v England – Memories From Enemy Territory

lansdowne2Stuttgart, 1988

Psychiatrists will often focus on the traumas of childhood – those moments when our cosy kiddywink world is brutally introduced to reality. “Hello,” says reality, “Guess what, you are not the centre of the universe. In fact the universe is chaos, and basically out to destroy you. Have a nice day.”

One such psychological wound is the sudden realisation that our parents are not gods, and in my case paternal authority crumbled at exactly 5:20PM on 12 June 1988. As a nine-year-old I had the vague knowledge that football did not always go well (Maradona’s hand of God had previously introduced me to the concept of injustice), but when an omnipotent father-figure proclaims in assured tones that “England will stuff Ireland this afternoon” the match itself becomes a mere formality – the gracious unfurling of a pre-ordained fact. Continue reading

American Football Returns To Dublin

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the historic return of American football to Ireland.

This September marks the return of The Emerald Isle Classic which will pit Notre Dame against the United States Naval academy at the Aviva stadium.

American football first arrived on these shores in 1988 when Boston College ran out winners over Army Black Knights. A year later and American football was back at Lansdowne Road when 45,525 watched Pittsburgh beat Rutgers 46-29.

Despite successive crowds exceeding 45,000 the Irish public would have to wait a further seven years before the NFL returned to Ireland. On that day Notre Dame toppled Navy in front of 38,651.

But now with the popularity of American football at an all time high amongst the Irish public, the NFL is returning to Dublin for the first time since 1996. Navy will take on Notre Dame in a repeat of their 1996 clash. The Maryland outfit will be looking to avenge their previous defeat when The Emerald Isle Classic resumes.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow starting at €35.

In addition to this NFL games will also take place at Páirc Tailteann in County Meath and Parnell Park and Donnybrook stadium in Dublin. Each venue will host two games, kicking off at 4pm and 7.30pm on Friday, August 31.

Tickets are on sale through priced €15 for adults and may be printed from home after purchasing.  Admission is free for children aged 12 and under and a €10 student ticket will be available at the venues on game day.

Participating teams and fixtures:

Páirc Tailteann:  7.30pm Notre Dame Prep (Arizona) vs. Father Judge (Pennsylvania)
4pm:  Game TBA
Parnell Park:  7.30pm Notre Dame High School (California) vs. Hamilton High School (Arizona)
4pm Game TBA
Donnybrook Stadium: 7.30pm John Carroll University (Ohio) vs. St Norbert College (Wisconsin)
4pm Loyola Academy, Chicago (Illinois) vs. Jesuit Prep Dallas (Texas)