IAFA Appoints New People to Administration

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) are pleased to announce the appointments of the following, both at Board and Administration level;

Our new External Board Member Colum Cronin is originality from Cork. Colum has been living in Dublin for over a decade. He works as the International Student Adviser at University College Dublin, having previously been in a similar role at Trinity College Dublin.

A lifelong Denver Broncos fan, Colum is delighted to have been appointed as an external board member with IAFA. He is looking forward to working with the other members to help develop and grow the sport in Ireland.

New Director of Coaching Emma Burrows arrives in Irish American Football on the back of 10 years in the sport, health and wellbeing sector. She completed a BSc. in Sports Science and Health in 2013 during which time she conducted award-winning research on coaches’ attitudes towards mental health issues in athletes. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on sport and human performance and is currently completing a PhD on the career transitions of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Ethan Fitzsimons joins us as IAFA Administrator. He is a graduate of Sports and Leisure Management in DIT from Dublin. He previously worked in a similar role for the FAI, and he is now looking forward to a new challenge, and becoming part of the team at IAFA.

Gerard Mulreaney takes up the role of Communications Officer. Gerard comes to IAFA with a journalistic background, having worked with the League of Ireland. He is a Green Bay Packers fan. The Galway native is looking forward to getting his teeth into the new role at IAFA.

Michal Kazio is our new Finance Officer. He is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) with 9 years of experience in both financial services and operations outsourcing sectors. He said, “Being passionate about American football, I’m excited to put my accountancy skills to use in developing this great game in Ireland.”

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join the Association’s administration team and I look forward to working with the IAFA board.”

Conor Gibney joins the team as our new Director of Finance. Conor has just returned from living in London for three years but is originally from Dublin. Conor qualified as an accountant with KPMG in Dublin and now works as the Fundraising and Investor Relations Manager in NTR plc.

These new appointments come on the back of the election of Orla McAleese as president in January of this year. She was joined on the newly elected board by Liam Ryan, from University of Limerick Vikings, Stuart Donaldson of the Cork Admirals, Stevie McCrystal of the Belfast Knights and Donncha Ó Conmhuí, of the Dublin Rebels.

Full details of IAFA Management can be found here.

Impact Gumshields

IAFA Partnership with Impact Gumshields

On the 31st of March at the Under 20’s game in Navan Impact Gum Shields will be present to fit people for their advanced gumshields. Booking this fitting is essnetial. Please fill out your name and contact email on this form to be added to the list. Impact Gumshields are offering discounted prices to IAFA Members. All information below! Don’t miss this great opportunity!

About Impact Gumshields:

We at Impact have stepped away from messy old-fashioned dental impressions and moved our company into the amazing world of 3D.

With our newly developed software, it allows us to develop a much more accurate custom fit product. Not only is the fit more accurate, the product will also protect your teeth by absorbing upwards of 17.% of an impact to the face, which is more than any other gumshield currently being sold on the market.

This is the best choice available to young adults who want to protect their adult teeth. We have heard some incredible stories recently of incidents occurring when an ill-fitting gumshield has been chewed into a sharp edge and has lacerated the player’s mouth, resulting in surgery. Obviously, these are the things as parents and coaches we want to avoid happening.

Whats good about our gumshields?

  • You will not see our athletes flicking them in and out of there mouth
  • 3D scanning/printing gives our gumshields a way more accurate, snug fit.
  • They clip onto your teeth and do not move when you are playing
  • Recommend for use with adult teeth.
  • No use of putty, and no burning you’re gums or the hassle of trimming to size
  • Great choice of colours
  • Quick and easy payment links
  • 7-day turnaround

Team Ireland vs AFW Elite Details Announced

The Venue and Kick Off time for Ireland under 20’s vs the AWF Elite Highschool Team have been announced. 

The game will take place at Navan Rugby Club on Saturday, 31st of March. The Under 20’s held their first practice session on Saturday the 17th of February in Dublin. General Manager Alan Orr, overseeing the young team take to the field for the first time, said –

‘This is a great opportunity for IAFA and the international youth team to showcase the talent of players and coaches in our League. It also gives us a great platform to build a sustainable future on the International stage and help to promote and develop the game throughout Ireland and I am personally looking forward to the challenge in achieving these goals set by our new President.’

The game will kick off at 1 pm and will feature players from teams throughout Ireland, north and south, and from both divisions, SBC & IAFL 1.


For queries contact enquiries@americanfootball.ie

Ireland Under 20’s seeks Players

Ireland Under 20’s 

Ahead of March 31st game v AFW the first Team Ireland U20’s training session will take place on Saturday, February 17th in Westmanstown Garda Rugby Club, near Lucan in Dublin.  Eligible players will be:

  1. Registered with an IAFA Team (Senior or Junior).
  2. Be between 16 & 20
  3. If under 18 have played at least one season of Junior Football. 

Sign-up desk opens on the 17th of Feb at 10 am.  Interested players are asked to bring their kit (IAFA rules cover playing kit – Helmet/Shoulder Pads/ Soft Pads) and Team Jersey & Football Pants.  Dress code for the sign-up meeting is Black pants/tracksuit ends & plain white T/Polo shirt.  Players should bring a packed lunch & a minimum of two litres of water. 

Session 1 as above Feb 17th

Session 2 March 3rd

Session 3 March 10th

Session 4 TBC March 19th

Game March 31st.  

All sessions will finish at 4:30 pm 

All players meeting the above criteria are encouraged to attend.  Questions on any details you need to know should be emailed directly to Head Coach Ciaran O’Sullivan at ciaran@americanfootball.ie  .   Team Ireland Under 20’s sessions are open for all IAFA Members to attend.  Coaches are welcome to visit from all of our clubs. 

Ireland U20’s Head Coach and GM Appointed

Shamrock Bowl Winning Coaching Duo take charge of Ireland U20’s. 

Ireland Senior Team Head Coach, Ciaran O’Sullivan has been appointed interim Head Coach of the Ireland U20’s team. Alan Orr of the Belfast Trojans has been appointed interim General Manager.

On the 31st of March, Easter Saturday, Ireland face American Football Worldwide Elite High School Team in Dublin. Venue and Kick Off details to follow. 

Given the time pressures, an expedited recruitment process resulted in these interim appointments. Coach O’Sullivan said that he is looking forward to continuing the good work on the junior programme and building upon the solid foundation for the future when a permanent staff can be appointed.

President Orla McAleese said ‘these appointments allow us to get the National Programme back on track and will put it on a strong footing for when we invite candidates to apply for these roles in the future‘ 

Enquiries regarding the team click here.

Coaching Courses Level 1

Level 1 coaching courses in february 

The IAFA is pleased to announce Level 1 Coaching Courses will take place on the 17th & 24th of February

These courses will take place in Dublin at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.

We appreciate the demand throughout the country for these courses and it is our ambition to roll out more but given the proximity of the season and the demands placed on the tutors at present we are endeavouring to supply courses so people in need of the qualification can at least have the opportunity.

Team Managers should email enquiries@americanfootball.ie with your club name and the names and contact information of those intending to take the course. The necessary booking information will follow.

Annual General Meeting

AGM of Irish American football association

The AGM was held on Sunday the 28th of January at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin. A full report on topics discussed and outcomes of submissions by teams, board members & officials will come in time.  A number of new people were elected to the Board of Managment and as a result, there has been a significant change to the makeup of the governance of the organisation. 

First, it is important to acknowledge the contributions of those outgoing members and the service provided to the Association this year and in years past. Particularly Cillian Smith, who stepped down as Commissioner of the League, for his long and faithful service in that role. Cillian will continue as an ordinary Board Member. Also, thanks must go to outgoing President Michael Smith, following the expiration of his term.

The new members of the Board are, Liam Ryan, from University of Limerick Vikings, who was elected to a three-year term after topping the poll. Stuart Donaldson of the Cork Admirals, who was also elected to a three-year term. Stevie McCrystal of the Belfast Knights, who was elected to complete the remaining two years of one of the vacated seats and Donncha Ó Conmhuí, of the Dublin Rebels, who was also elected to complete the remaining two years of one of the vacated seats. 

Orla McAleese, previously Team Ireland General Manager and of the North Kildare Reapers was elected as President to serve a three-year term, the first female President of IAFA. President McAleese had the following message for the membership.

My plan for the association is very simple and has three key components. The first is communication. It is important that you are being heard. I will answer my phone and my emails. I am eager to hold conversations and I listen to hear, not to merely answer. As President, I can guarantee you that you will be heard and you will be answered. Nobody in this association will be ignored or forgotten about.

The next component is the Board of IAFA. The Board works for you, the membership. We will be accountable to  you. We are just the custodians of your association and we will remain so at your discretion. The Board should lead by example and by what the membership wants, not the other way around. As President, I will guarantee that board meetings will be productive, positive and professional. We are all individuals, from varied backgrounds and skillsets, we all have the same priority; football on this Island. 

Last but not least, Transparency. Now that I am your President. IAFA will be transparent in its operation. If the board works for you then they are accountable and accountability is reliant on transparency. From our finances to national and international matters, we will be clear in our dealings. The age of secrecy has ended. 

I firmly believe that if we work together on these three key components that everything else we work for will come together. It will make a difference to how football is perceived and played on this Island, Everyone involved in this sport, be it coaches, players, admin, officials and board members will get the support they need to help make their club or organisation better. Whether it is education for coaches and players, administrative or fiscal knowledge to run a club. We can go back to grassroots to help our clubs be strong and football will be strong as a result. 

We need to remember what this association is based on, football and the love people have of the game. 

Thank you for electing me your president and your time in reading this message. 

– Orla McAleese,
Irish American Football Assocation.

Notice of Annual General Meeting of IAFA

The Annual General Meeting of the Irish American Football Association will take place on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 2pm. The venue is the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin – close to Red Cow Junction of M50.

Proposals for inclusion on the Agenda must be received at least 14 days in advance of the meeting.

Nominations for Elections must be received, on the Candidate for Election form (sent to each club/appended to By-Laws) at least 14 days in advance. The following positions are due for election:

  1. President – the current President has reached the end of his second term and cannot run for re-election.
  2. Board Elections  – 5 positions as follows:
    1. Two positions for a full 3 year term as part of the regular rotation. (Previously occupied by Declan McNally and Derek Ward/Fergal O’Hanlon)
    2. Replacement for Janice Ward (Russell Kerley was co-opted to temporarily replace, but also resigned) – remaining 2 years of term.
    3. Replacement for Emma Burrows (was ineligible to run for election due to not meeting minimum length of membership criteria) – remaining 2 years of term.

The document pack including the Agenda and other documents will be sent out seven days in advance of the meeting.

Yours sincerely,

Cillian Smith


Irish American Football Association

Battle of the Rebels – Dublin Rebels win 2017 Atlantic Cup.

Irish Champions, Dublin Rebels had a comprehensive 42-14 victory over their Romanian namesakes, Bucharest Rebels to win the 2017 Atlantic Cup in ALSAA on Saturday. In spite of the very cold weather, the Rebels had a lot of success through the air with touchdown receptions by James Kalis (x2), Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Peter Keely. Three were thrown by veteran quarterback Andy Dennehy and the fourth by backup Jack Fagan. Shamrock Bowl MVP Wello Omorodian continued his good form with a rushing touchdown. A second rushing touchdown was added by Pete McMahon.

Bucharest acquitted themselves well, in what was the first ever European final involving a Romanian team – scoring two touchdowns. This was the Rebels first ever Atlantic Cup victory, having played in the finals tournament on two previous occasions. The Rebels maintained Irelands unbeaten record for finals played in Ireland.