Six high school football teams from Florida, Georgia and New Jersey were warmly welcomed at Dublin Airport as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. Before game day they were whisked away for a whirlwind trip across Ireland.

The schools’ players, coaches and cheerleaders — a contingent of around 800 people — ventured to ancient castles, traced familial roots, walked the streets of Dublin and participated in cultural exchanges throughout the trip.

The journey took Belen Jesuit of Miami and Blessed Trinity of Roswell, Georgia, to the Republic’s craggy western coast, while other groups enjoyed sightseeing more locally, with time spent at some of Dublin’s most important cultural heritage spots. The other teams taking part in the adventure were Atlanta’s Westminster School and Marist School, Community School of Naples, Florida, and St. Peter’s Prep School of Jersey City, New Jersey.

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A great evening was enjoyed by the large crowd who turned up at Malahide Castle and Gardens on Thursday evening last to watch Malahide’s Marching Band Classic. A crowd of 2,000 braved the weather and were enthralled by the colour, music and razzmatazz that all the bands provided.

Hosted by the County Council and set against the spectacular backdrop of the 900 year old Malahide Castle, this free event saw two of the USA’s finest College Marching Bands, Boston College’s Screaming Eagles and Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets play alongside a number of local bands including the Crumlin Community Youth Band, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin All Stars Marching Band and Vikings Drum Corps.

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Approximately 400 people attended the inaugural Boston College Chief Executives Club Global Forum in Dublin on Sept. 2. Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of the Coca-Cola Co., was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at The Mansion House.

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Three showcase games to be played at Donnybrook Stadium with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland

Donnybrook Stadium will play host to a triple-header of high school American Football games, on Friday 2nd September, with all proceeds from the day’s events being donated to Special Olympics Ireland.

The three games will mark the opening of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, taking place at the Aviva Stadium the following day, Saturday 3rdSeptember.

Ireland and Leinster rugby star, Jamie Heaslip, and Dublin’s three-time All-Ireland winner, Paul Flynn, will serve as Honourary Chairmen for the event and Ambassadors for ‘Game-Week 2016’, where they will attend a number of events in the lead-up to all the weekend action, including the parade, pep rally and the Boston College CEO Lunch at the Mansion House. The duo will also perform the pre-match coin toss and present awards at a dinner attended by all six high school teams.

The games at the 6,000-capacity venue will kick off at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Admission to the stadium is free of charge for children under 16, while adults may make a voluntary donation of €10 for their entry, with all proceeds being donated to Special Olympics Ireland.

American Football Showcase games:

  • 11am Westminster School (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. Community School Naples (Naples, Florida)
  • 2pm Blessed Trinity (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, New Jersey)
  • 5pm Marist School (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. Belen Jesuit (Miami, Florida)

Donnybrook Stadium is no stranger to American football, having hosted two matches in 2012.  United States Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney performed the coin toss before Loyola Academy (Illinois) faced Jesuit Prep Dallas (Texas) and two college teams, John Carroll University (Ohio) and St Norbert College (Wisconsin) did battle.

Under the banner, ‘Much More than a Game’, the six high schools’ players, coaches, bands and cheerleaders will take part in a parade through the streets of Dublin that ends with a pep rally at Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, 1st September. More than 3,000 visitors associated with the high school games are expected to travel to Dublin.

Special Olympics Ireland has been chosen as the official charity of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech which takes place on Saturday, September 3rd at 12.30pm in the Aviva Stadium.

The announcement was made at a photo call attended by Special Olympics Ambassador Jon Bon Jovi in Aviva Stadium along with Special Olympics Ireland athletes James Kelly and Fiona Bryson.

In one of numerous fundraising activities that will take place in the week prior to and at the game itself it was announced that from Saturday, 23rd July in celebration of the partnership, one euro will be donated to Special Olympics Ireland for every ticket bought for the game. Ticket prices range €45 to €110 for premium level. There are a number of family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) available from €120, all subject to booking fees via

Supporting the announcement Jon Bon Jovi said he was delighted that Special Olympics Ireland has been selected as the official charity, “I have been a supporter of Special Olympics for many years and I have seen the impact throughout the world in terms of driving its message of inclusion and tolerance. It was a real privilege for me to have been a part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Games and to see at first hand the superb job Special Olympics Ireland do for their athletes and families. I would encourage everyone to support this great initiative.”

Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland, also commented; “Special Olympics Ireland is thrilled and immensely proud to be selected as the official charity partner of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech. As a sports organisation first and foremost, we are delighted to be connected with such a prestigious event. Any money raised will be of great help to support the programme of sports and training we currently offer to 9,100 athletes in 360 clubs around the country. It is also very satisfying to be re-engaging with legend and Special Olympics Global Ambassador Jon Bon Jovi and Aer Lingus who continue to be our long term travel partner.”

Over 20,000 visitors from the US are booked to travel for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic on September 3rd for what promises to be a week long activity of events throughout Dublin. Trinity College will be the venue for the official Welcome Village and as such will host a variety of social, cultural and business-oriented activities. In addition to over 100 football squad members per team, Boston College and Georgia Tech are both travelling with a 150 piece strong marching band and cheer-leading troops and the renowned pre-game pep rallies and tailgate parties will be among the many highlights to take place at the Trinity College campus.
Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Executive, added; “Aer Lingus and Special Olympics Ireland enjoy a long standing partnership since the staging of the Special Olympics World Games in Ireland in 2003. We are very proud of this partnership and it’s fantastic to have our great friends in Special Olympics Ireland come on board as a partner for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.”

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A member of the team has headed over to Boston College in preparation for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.  Which  will see Boston college take on Georgia Tech in the Aviva Stadium on the 3rd of Sept

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