Irish Wolfhounds U20s to play home & away vs ‘The Pride’ (Filton College Football Academy)

The Irish Wolfhounds are pleased to announce the friendly fixtures this Autumn with the Filton College Football Academy for two games, firstly, welcoming ‘The Pride’ Academy to Ireland on *5th October and a return fixture on November 9th away to Bristol (*Venue & KO TBC).

Alan Orr, General Manager of the Irish National Teams remarked. “We are delighted to have these games confirmed for the youth team which will be a fantastic opportunity in our progress of the national programme with the young Wolfhounds. Bristol are a well founded football Academy with great pedigree and are well respected across Europe. Ben Herod who leads the Academy is totally invested in the development of youth football and over the years they have produced a lot of talented athletes. These games will be a great assessment of our own talent and simply it’s just great for our young guys to get the chance to play, learn and develop against quality opposition and another first for the junior squad to have an away game, should be fun and no more than they deserve.”

Coach Ben Herod of The Pride, Bristol commented on the news. “We have been waiting a long time to come back to Ireland and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to build on a strong relationship with IAFA and the Wolfhounds staff and team, which I hope matures into a strong rivalry and continuing encounters in our Academy’s development and programming. There are some great people involved in Irish football and rebuilding the national programme and we are delighted to be considered to be part of this.

This will be the second time ‘The Pride’ have come to our shores, the first time they played here was in The Gathering Bowl in 2013 against Greendell Falcons from Manitoba, Canada at Tallaght Stadium. We look forward to seeing them back here and have no doubt it will be another competitive performance.

Return Fixture with Belgium – Sept 7th

The Irish Wolfhounds are pleased to announce the return friendly fixture with the Barbarians in Belgium on Saturday 7th September 2019 (venue to be confirmed).

The Wolfhounds are looking forward to the trip and another step towards the development of Irish football in the International arena and playing in the European competitions.

Alan Orr (Wolfhounds General Manager): “We are delighted to be travelling to Belgium to play the Barbarians in this return fixture and look forward to meeting up with the coaches, staff and players again. I’m sure this will be another gripping game, which went right down to the wire in Ireland and I am sure the Barbarians will be hungry for the win in preparation for their IFAF qualifying games.”

Wolfhounds Mascot: Candy

Candy’s pedigree name is Chinara of Shantamon, born in Janurary 2016. Shantamon is the kennel name, established in 1973 by Gerard and Pauline Clarke.

Some of Candy’s wins:

  • Best in Show – Tralee 2019
  • Best in Show – The Hound Association 2018
  • Reserve Best in Show – Carlow 2018

She is currently Ireland’s top winning wolfhound and we would like to thank Gerry and Pauline for bringing her to Navan to be the mascot to the Wolfhounds and we are sure a star in her own right!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all are American supporters and friends from The Irish Wolfhounds Management Team and Players. We appreciate all your support and hope you have a great day!

Special thanks also to Clann Hospitality.

Paddy Pigskin – Ireland v Belgium Preview

Paddy Pigskin dedicated episode 46 of his podcast to the upcoming Wolfhounds game.

I spoke to Wolfhounds Head Coach Ciaran O’ Sullivan and Barbarians General Manager Christophe Olenaed about their preparations for this weekend’s clash and the state of the game in their respective countries.

Ireland Head Coach Ciaran O’ Sullivan – 3:52
Belgium General Manager Christophe Olenaed – 33:55