Blessed Trinity, Buford And Marist Will All Play In Dublin As A Curtain Raiser To

The Aer Lingus College Football Classic Between Georgia Tech And Boston College

 Three Atlanta-area high school football teams will play a 2016 regular season game in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, September 2 next year.

Atlanta-area schools Blessed Trinity, Buford and Marist will travel overseas to participate in the tournament that is an official event of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, which will be played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the following day, September 3, when Georgia Tech takes on Boston College.

 The traveling teams will participate in a traditional American Pep Rally and Parade in Ireland’s capital, while also undertaking educational tours during their stay to prepare for the Dublin Friday Night Lights matches.

In expanding established Irish-American relations, as many as 3,000 travelers associated with the high school games are expected to visit Dublin.

Six high school teams from the United States and Mexico have so far committed to play on Irish soil, the others coming from Florida, New Jersey and Mexico City.  Additional teams will be confirmed in the coming weeks, when details of each school’s opponent and Dublin host venues will also be announced.

High school teams heading to Ireland in 2016:

Belen Jesuit, Miami, Florida

St Peters Prep, Jersey City, New Jersey

Marist High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Blessed Trinity High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Buford High School, Buford, Georgia

Prepa Tec, Mexico City, Mexico

“We are excited to have some of America’s top high school teams go over to Ireland for one of the most memorable experiences of their lives,” said John Anthony, CEO of Anthony Travel and a Director of Irish  American Events Ltd.  “This is a game they will be telling their grandchildren about someday.  We look forward to thousands of American football fans traveling across the Atlantic to join local fans and share this amazing educational, cultural and sports experience.”

Marist School president Rev. John Harhager, S.M. said: “We are so pleased that Marist School’s varsity football team and cheerleaders as well as our marching band will be able to participate in this event in Ireland next year.  It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have an once-in-a-lifetime experience abroad.

“This opportunity is especially meaningful for our school, as we have connections to both Boston College and Georgia Tech.  We have alumni playing on both teams, a former Marist band director is marching band director at Georgia Tech, and a Marist alumnus is the Jesuit chaplain of Boston College’s football team.  Additionally, we hope during our time in Ireland that we may visit with students from three Marist schools in and near Dublin.”

Blessed Trinity head coach Tim McFarlin said: “The trip to Ireland gives the boys a chance to play the game they love in front of a whole new audience.  The opportunity to be immersed in a different culture makes it all that much more special.  Our team, coaches and the Blessed Trinity community are excited and grateful for the experience.”

Buford head coach Jess Simpson said: “Buford High School, our community, and our football program are excited to be a part of the 2016 Ireland event.  This is an incredible opportunity for our players; an once-in-a-lifetime chance to play the sport they love on an international stage.  We pride ourselves on a tradition of excellence in our program and look forward to this as another key chapter in the storied history of Buford football.”

Further information is available at or from the media contacts listed above.

High schools interested in playing in Ireland in 2016 should contact Patrick Steenberge: / 817-219-7274

The event follows successful tournaments played in association with American college football games in 2012 and 2014 when more than 12,000 spectators watched 14 visiting high school teams in action.

Keough-Naughton College Football Trophy Travels to Atlanta

Georgia Tech and Boston College will face off in 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin


ATLANTA (November 12, 2015) –  The Keough-Naughton College Football Trophy was unveiled to the Georgia Tech media for the first time Thursday before the Yellow Jackets’ nationally televised game against Virginia Tech. Neil Naughton and Michael Keough were joined by Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski at the event and the trophy was also unveiled during the first quarter of Thursday night’s game in front of more than 50,000 fans at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Boston College and Georgia Tech will compete for the inaugural Keough-Naughton Trophy during Aer Lingus College Football Classic which will be played Sept. 3, 2016, at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be the third college football game in Ireland in the last five years.

The event is ‘More Than a Game’ with several Atlanta high-schools travelling to play games the day before the main event and several Irish-American business events organized around the game in Ireland. Demand for tickets will be high as the previous game at the 48,000-seat Aviva Stadium (Navy vs. Notre Dame in 2012) sold out six months in advance.

All game and ticketing information is available at Fans can also follow the game on Twitter (@CFBIreland) and Facebook (

The House of Waterford Crystal manufactured the game trophy, which was designed by Matt Kehoe, Head of Design at Waterford Crystal and hand crafted at the Waterford factory based in Ireland. The trophy is an American Football mounted on three individual sculpted pillars of crystal, resting on a beautiful base and plinth. Matt’s concept for the trophy was a ball in flight and the pillars represent the players’ arms catching the ball. The trophy is a fantastic addition to Waterford Crystals collection of World Famous sports trophies.

Neil Naughton, Chairman of the steering group created to maximise the business opportunity between Ireland and the United States around future College Football games in Dublin commented; “Don Keough was a charismatic leader, often described as the best president America never had. As leader of Coca Cola, an iconic global brand, Don was a vigorous and visionary presence in American business for over half a century. He was also a dynamic presence in Irish-America, where he supported Irish business, education and culture in multiple ways.  Don brought wise counsel, good humour, and vigour to strengthening the relationship between Ireland and America.”

He continued; “One of the legacies that Don was most proud of was the Irish Studies program that he founded in Dublin, which has brought thousands of young Americans to Ireland.  Because he believed strongly that the Irish-American partnership only worked well if it was equally supported on both sides of the Atlantic, he invited my father to co-chair this Irish Studies initiative. The Keough and the Naughton families have worked closely together in the last two decades to foster a strong link between Ireland and America.”

Mr Naughton then concluded with; “One ambition that the families share is to bring major American College football games  to Dublin every two years, where elite universities will bring the spectacle and the drama of their sport to Irish turf. These games offer huge publicity potential, practical economic benefits, and a genuine expression of the close ties between our two countries. We hope to add an exciting international chapter to the rich narrative of American College Football, which brings famous franchises like Boston College, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Navy to Dublin.”

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An Taoiseach Edna Kenny (Ireland Prime Minister) announces the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech football at the launch event in Dublin, Ireland on 4 June 2016.



The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury private residences, is pleased to be returning to Dublin this morning for her third visit in five years, 2010, 2013 & 2015

This impressive 644-foot luxury Ship embodies a distinctive, one-of-a-kind lifestyle of exclusive luxury travel where its Residents explore every corner of the globe, experience myriad different cultures and gain privileged access to the planet’s most beautiful destinations, all from the comfort of their own home.

The World arrived into the Port of Dublin this morning for a 3 day visit, the highlight event, a gala dinner at Dublin’s Mansion House as part of the venues 300th year anniversary. The visit has been in planning for over 12 months by Irish hospitality and event specialists,; winners of the Event Industry Awards (EIA) Best Corporate Event for the World’s visit to Ireland in 2013.

“We are honored to represent the Residence of the World once again in 2015, the program of events are bespoke and developed with the Residents in mind including feedback from previous visits for different things that the Residents have requested to do and visit while in Ireland” Padraic O’ Kane, CEO –

The World sails into Dublin after completing a tour of Europe which included Saint- Malo, La Rochelle, Bilbao, Porto, Valencia, Tunis, Kerkyra, Trieste and Venice.  On Monday evening at 6pm, The World departs for Iceland, Canada and onto the United States, arriving in Portland in mid -September.

On-board The World

This private community offers the ultimate combination of thrilling and enriching travel with world-class amenities and facilities including impeccable culinary mastery in its six restaurants, exceptional golf facilities with onboard putting greens and a state-of-the-art golf simulator, the only full-size tennis court at sea, swimming pools, a spa, a fitness center, expert destination lecturers, library, cinema and more.


This strikingly beautiful Ship promises gracious and personal service in a warm, inviting ambience much like that of a private yacht, well-staffed private home or exclusive country club.  The average occupancy at one time is 150-200 Residents and Guests so the atmosphere is quite intimate.  There are some Residents who live on the Ship year-round, with the majority continuing to be active in their professional lives and spending three to four months onboard.


Dublin Port

The World will be the 68 Cruise Visit of 2015 into Dublin Port of a scheduled 100 calls from across the globe, making 2015 the busiest year for Cruise Tourism for the City and Port of Dublin. According to Pat Ward, Head of Corporate Services Dublin Port Company, ‘The number of cruise ships visiting Dublin will grow significantly in the next decade as Dublin Port Company commences work on the Alexandra Berth Redevelopment project which will enable Dublin Port to cater for the largest cruise ships in the world, which will enhance Dublin’s reputation as a marquee destination / city for cruise lines to call to – we are delighted to welcome the World back again to Dublin so soon after its last visit of 2013.’


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About The World

Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences.  A diverse group of Residents from 19 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations.  They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service.

At FIRE Restaurant and Lounge we have a reputation for taking great pride in educating our staff about the dishes we produce.

The team headed to the Ceide Fields in Co. Mayo where they learned about the land and livestock. This innovative team-building experience was set up to inspire, excite and motivate our staff.

While in Mayo, the team cut turf, ground flour and learnt more about the farm–fresh produce. Educating the staff can in turn educate the guests about the variety of fresh, local ingredients that go into FIRE’s original recipes.

Taking tours with the back-of-the-house staff together with front-of-the-house employees builds teamwork, which boosts morale .

This is one of the many way’s FIRE continues to lead the way in the hospitality industry.

Padraic O’Kane of Irish American Events sits down with ACCDN host Jeff Fischel to discuss Georgia Tech and Boston College’s matchup in the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin, Ireland. O’Kane calls it the European home of college football and the Irish people can’t wait for the event!

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA’s) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions’ athletic programs held in high regard nationally. ACC teams and athletes have claimed dozens of national championships in multiple sports throughout the conference’s history. Generally, the ACC’s top athletes and teams in any particular sport in a given year are considered to be among the top collegiate competitors in the nation. The ACC is considered to be one of the six collegiate power conferences, all of which enjoy extensive media coverage and automatic qualifying for their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC will be one of five conferences with a contractual tie-in to an “access bowl”, the successors to the BCS.

Founded in 1953 in Greensboro, North Carolina, by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, the conference added additional members in late 1953, 1979, 1991, 2004, and 2013. The 2004 and 2013 additions extended the conference’s footprint into the Northeast and Midwest. The most recent expansion in 2013 saw the additions of the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, and Syracuse University. In 2012, the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference. On November 28, 2012, the ACC’s Council of Presidents voted unanimously to invite the University of Louisville as a full member, replacing Maryland.

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For the 3rd time in five years, a high profile American college football game will take place in Ireland, with the announcement today that the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech will take place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016.

The game was announced at a reception in Dublin attended by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny TD, which was followed by a reception in Boston College in the U.S. attended by the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh.

Aer Lingus was also announced as Title-Sponsor for the game that will see the Boston College Eagles kick off their 2016/17 NCAA Division I College Football Season in an Atlantic Coast Conference game against the formidable Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council are also supporting the game.

Event organisers are confident the game will be a 48,000 ticket sellout. It is expected that 25,000 will travel from the US and Europe to the game. While general ticket sales are still some months away, tour packages in the US have gone on sale today and are expected to sell quickly while corporate hospitality facilities at Aviva Stadium have also gone on sale and they too are likely to sell out. Further details can be found on

Speaking at the announcement An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was delighted that College Football was returning to Ireland; “This is great news for Irish tourism and the economy; in 2012 and again last year, we witnessed a huge surge of US visitors to our shores for the Emerald Isle Classic and the Croke Park Classic and I have no doubt, particularly given Boston College’s close links with this country, we will see another spectacular success in 2016. Sports tourism and events like this College Football game have become increasingly important as we build and develop our tourism industry and I want to thank Boston College President Fr. William Leahy for his support in making this game a reality”.

Commenting on the game sponsorship, Aer Lingus Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh said, “We are very proud to partner with Boston College and Georgia Tech for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in 2016.  Aer Lingus operates three daily services from Boston connecting to Ireland and beyond and we are delighted to support our local team. 2016 is a very special year for Aer Lingus as we will celebrate our 80th anniversary. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights, and we wish the organisers all the best in their preparations for what promises to be a great sporting event.”

Boston College will be making its second football visit to Ireland; in 1988 Boston College played and defeated Army 38-24 in front of a 42,000 crowd in the old Lansdowne Road. Speaking about the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic, Fr. William P Leahy expressed his delight at the opportunity for Boston College to return to Ireland for another College Football game “Our history and our connections with Ireland are well known, we are very proud of our campus on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. 2016 is a very special year in Ireland’s history and we are particularly pleased that we will be travelling with hopefully tens of thousands Boston College supporters to share in those celebrations and enjoy this important conference game with Georgia Tech”.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This game will provide a further, very welcome boost for tourism next year, with up to 25,000 people expected to travel here from the US and Europe. It will undoubtedly be another wonderful college football event for Dublin, bringing wider benefits to the island as a whole. Tourism Ireland in the US is working closely with Anthony Travel, the official travel company for both colleges, and other travel partners, to maximise the tourism benefits of the game. Sports-related tourism has emerged as a very significant element of the global travel business in recent years and the Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be another great opportunity to showcase Dublin and Ireland, and more generally the many attractions that the island of Ireland offers as a holiday destination.”

The game is being organised by a new entity called Irish American Events Ltd which is a joint venture between and Anthony Travel who have been involved in the recent college football games in Ireland.

See for details on the Aer Lingus College Football Classic and follow the game on social media: Twitter (@CFBireland), Facebook (, and Instagram (@CFBireland).

A month of hosting Dublin’s most prestigious gala dinners, charity balls and award ceremonies

The Conference and Events Venue at the Mansion House rapidly growing reputation for top class service, cuisine and creative event management has brought some of the highest profile events in Dublin to Dawson Street this month including Pat Kenny In the Round, the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, The Pride of Ireland


Our Venue Management expertise includes one of Dublin’s most popular restaurants, Fire Restaurant & Lounge , and the Conference & Events Venue at The Mansion House, as well as a number of non-executive roles in many leading Hotels and Hospitality Venues throughout Ireland.

Christmas comes to town early for the launch of ‘I Believe in Christmas’

This evening Wednesday, 3rd December 2014, at The chq Building in Dublin’s Docklands prominent figures from business, politics, arts, media and social justice will gather for the new launch of “I Believe in Christmas”.  The purpose of the event is to encourage public and corporate participation for the campaign in 2015.

This new festive initiative aims to bring the true spirit of Christmas back to the capital for the month of December 2015 and ensure every child in Dublin has a quality of life and the basic right to live in a warm and safe environment.

An iconic Christmas tree representing protection, shelter and love will be at the core of this new concept. The hope is that each day Dubliners can bring a gift to support Santa and those in need whilst enjoying traditional Christmas stories and post their letters in North Pole post office. In addition, an Irish food and craft market will also be created bringing the opportunity to support Irish goods and offer a festive retail outlet.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke will discuss the serious situation of homelessness and dark reality of poverty for those in the city before introducing a video featuring the real children of Dublin who desperately need warmth, shelter, food and a gift from Santa at Christmas. Representing ‘Inner City Helping Homeless’ the video will feature Anthony Flynn highlighting the latest figures of over 700 children and 2,500 families in Dublin currently living in emergency accommodation. Monica Rowe from Childline also states in the video they expect over 1,400 daily calls from children during the Christmas period.

“I believe in Christmas” aspires to be a magical month-long inclusive event that encourages all Dubliners to give, share and believe. MC on the night Alan Short will urge all attendees to consider pledging their support for “I Believe in Christmas” and make a miracle in Dublin happen for Christmas 2015.

With 386 days until the festivities in 2015, Mervyn Greene, Director, CHQ Dublin Ltd. and a leading force behind this initiative commented: “‘I believe in Christmas’ aims to make a big impact and ensure everyone in the city experiences the true spirit of Christmas. With Dublin’s most vulnerable in dire need of a Christmas miracle we decided to launch extra early to ensure potential donors and corporate partners have enough time to make this Christmas miracle a reality in 2015 and hopefully many year’s after.”

Other supporters behind “I believe in Christmas” include Lucy McCaffrey, Chairperson, Dublin Port and Paul Clegg, Executive Manager, Dublin Docklands Development Authority as well as Padraic O’Kane, CEO,