Sep 1, 2012; Dublin, IRELAND; Notre Dame fans celebrate before kickoff of the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Navy Midshipmen at Aviva Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Irish To Return To Ireland?

A trip to Ireland was one of the most unique things a Notre Dame Football fan ever had. They may have a chance to do it again. “The Score”, an Irish webpage, reported yesterday that Croke Park is set to host ‘multiple’ college football games. The games will include Boston College, Alabama or Notre Dame in 2016 or 2018. A game between Penn State and Central Florida is expected to be announced on Sunday for the 2014 season.

The Boston College Eagles could be an opponent for the Fighting Irish. Both Catholic institutions have strong ties to the country and are rivals. The only issue in scheduling a game against each other would be how it would work into the current ACC tie-in games.

According to “The Score” last year’s game between Navy and Notre Dame had a tremendous impact on the local economy:

Though it was widely reported that last year’s Emerald Isle Classic raised €100 million for the local economy – thanks in large part to 35,000 fans travelling from the US for the game – documentation from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport seen by indicates that figure was actually closer to €25 million.

It is definitely an experience that Notre Dame and Navy can only boast at the moment. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen have played twice in Ireland in 1996 and 2012.

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