This year’s Shamrock Bowl will see the presentation of inaugural Terry Lynch MVP Award to the game’s most valuable player. It’s fitting that the game’s MVP Award is named after a man who was regarded by many as the MVP in terms of his contribution to Irish American football in recent years. As League Commissioner and IAFA Board member, Terry made a significant contribution to the sport over the past number of years particularly on the development front. He was also heavily involved in the organisation of the Shamrock Bowl which without him it would not be the event it is today.
Off the field, he was a kind hearted friend to many and a dedicated family man. Regrettably he passed away suddenly on the eve of last years Gathering Bowl held in this stadium. Terry’s influence and spirit is still with us all and there is no doubt that he’s looking in on today’s game.