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13 Photos Of American Football In Ireland To Get You Psyched For This Weekend

13 Photos Of American Football In Ireland To Get You Psyched For This Weekend
By Ben Kiely

Irish American football fans will be packing into Croke park this weekend to watch UCF take on Penn State in the Croke Park Classic.In order to mentally prepare for the match, take some time out of your day to check out these stunning photos from Sportsfile of past gridiron football events that graced Irish shores.

On November 19 1988 the pigskin was thrown around Landsdowne Road.

Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Boston College took on Army in the Emerald Isle Classic, which was the first NCAA sanctioned American college football game in Europe.

Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Over 40,000 fans packed into the stadium to witness Boston overcome Army 38 - 24.

Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The tournament was discontinued in 1989.

Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

On November 2 1996, Croke Park played host to the Shamrock Classic.

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Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Navy faced Notre Dame in Ireland's largest stadium.

Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Notre Dame ran out 54 - 27 winners over Navy.

Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

It took six years after the Shamrock Classic for the next sanctioned major American football game to be held in Ireland.

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Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

In 2012, the Emerald Isle Classic was held in Dublin's Aviva stadium.

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Notre Dame took on Navy again. There was a strong naval presence in the stadium.

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Notre Dame defeated Navy 50-10 in front of 48,000 fans.

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Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

The game garnered considerably more media coverage than its predecessors.

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

The success of the Emerald Isle Classic ultimately led to the Croke Park Classic which takes place this weekend.

Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
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