For the first time in the history of the sport in Ireland, two unbeaten teams will contest the Shamrock Bowl, Irish American football’s showpiece event. The University of Limerick Vikings and Belfast Trojans, both of whom went 8-0 in their divisions, will meet in the postseason for the first time.
The two did not meet during the course of the regular season this year but their results against the rest of the IAFL suggest that this could be one of the closest Shamrock Bowls in history.
UL Vikings dominated the IAFL South and carried that supremacy into their semi-final against Carrickfergus Knights where they emerged with a comprehensive 63-3 victory.
For their part, Belfast Trojans defeated the two-time defending Shamrock Bowl Champions, Dublin Rebels, in a high scoring semi-final finishing on the right side of a 66-38 scoreline.
Shamrock Bowl XXVI will be played in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, July 14 2012. Kick-off is 16.00. Tickets are available on the gate, from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Prices: Adult – €6, Children – €4, Family Ticket (two adults and two kids) – €16
Travel & Parking Advice:
From Eden Quay & Templeogue: 49, 65, 65b
From Eden Quay & Harold’s Cross: 54a
From Ringsend, Dolphin’s Barn & Walkinstown: 50, 56a, 77, 77a
From Dún Laoghaire, Stillorgan & Firhouse: 75
From Ballyfermot & Clondalkin: 76, 76a, 76b
From City West: 50, 65b, 201, 202
From Milltown & Dundrum: 48a to Broadford Walk (terminus), then 75 to Tallaght
From Liffey Valley & Clondalkin: 210
From Connolly & Heuston Stations
– Leave M50 at junction 11 (Sign: N81 Tallaght, City Centre)
– From roundabout, exit onto N81 (Sign: Blessington, Tallaght)
– Continue on N81 to the stadium
Patrons are advised to park in The Square (2min walk from stadium) or at the Red Cow Luas Park and Ride.