Gridiron spectaculars in Ireland set to become an annual event

The next match of the college football series, founded by entrepreneurs Padraic O’Kane and John Anthony, will generate an estimated €63m in economic activity

Restaurant owner Padraic O’Kane and US businessman John Anthony, who founded the college football series in 2015: ‘We had some setbacks with Covid-19 but we’re hoping to start building momentum from this year.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

The businessmen who brought American football matches to Dublin are hoping to maintain a series of annual games.

Entrepreneurs Padraic O’Kane and John Anthony, who established the college football series in 2015, said they wanted a match to be played each year and they hoped it would foster trade and business connections between Ireland and the US.

This year’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic is due to take place in the Aviva stadium in August.