- Emerald Isle Classic
name = Emerald Isle Classic/Shamrock Classic
years = 1988, 1989, 1996,
The Emerald Isle Classic was the first NCAA-sanctioned American
college footballgame played on the European continent. The game was played on the pitch at Lansdowne Roadin Dublin, Irelandin the years 1988and 1989. The first game featured a 2-7 Boston Collegeteam lead by Mark Kamphausagainst the 8-1 Cadets of West Point.
The game was intended to be an annual event to attract some of the 40 million Americans of Irish descent back to their
motherland. College teams with particularly Irish or Catholicbackground were chosen in an effort to attract Irish nationals to the games as well. After poor attendance in 1989, the Emerald Isle Classic was discontinued.
In 1996, Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy began a second American football event in Ireland called the Shamrock Classic. The event drew a slightly smaller crowd than the first Emerald Isle Classic. The game was played on the pitch of
Croke Park. Notre Dame won the game over Navy, setting the record for the longest winning streak over an annual collegiate opponent at 33 wins—a streak that would reach 43 years before a dramatic Navy win in 2007. A 2012 return trip is planned for Notre Dame and Navy.
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