This is the Archive of Irish Lacrosse. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the – Irish, North American and World Sports Archives

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After the Irish Lacrosse Union disappeared around the First World War, and the Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association from 1926-1970 had also disbanded, the third wave of Lacrosse in Ireland was the revival of Ireland Lacrosse in the early 21st Century, featuring Men’s Women’s and Box (Indoor Lacrosse).

Ireland Lacrosse

Ireland Lacrosse

Ireland Lacrosse (Men’s) Standings:

Irish Lacrosse League 2009-2016

Ireland Lacrosse | Men’s Newtownards Cup 2010-2017

Irish Lacrosse League (Results):

2018 2016 2015 2014 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11

Men’s Newtownards Cup (Results):

2018 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11

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The Irish Lacrosse Union was the Men’s Lacrosse Association in Ireland from the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries. The Senior shield was the first level league competition.
Like the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Irish Lacrosse Union season was divided into an opening season (Shield – League Competition), and closing season (Flags – Knockout / Elimination Competition). The Irish Lacrosse Union had two Adult levels (Senior and Junior), and a representative competition (Shaftesbury Cup) between County Down and County Antrim. It was Men’s only. (see links to each competition and season for results, more information and references).

Irish Lacrosse Union (1870-1914)

Irish Lacrosse Union

Shaftesbury Cup (Co. Down v Co. Antrim – Seasons): 1900

Irish Lacrosse Union 1870-1914

Irish Lacrosse Union | Championship of Ireland 1890-1897 (pending Review)

ILU Senior Flags (1st Level – Knockout Championship – Seasons)1900

ILU Junior Flags (2nd Level – Knockout Championship – Seasons): 1900

ILU Senior Shield (1st Level League – Seasons)1900

ILU Junior Shield (2nd Level League- Seasons)1900

ILU Gibb Cup (All Teams Knockout – Seasons):  1895 1894 1893

ILU Preseason Friendlies (Seasons): 1900

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s Lacrosse was codified in Scotland, and is a 12-v-12 version of Lacrosse. There was an Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association in Ireland from the 1920s to 1970, that played in the Home Nations against England, Scotland and Wales, and also held a Schools Shield, with teams from Dublin & Belfast.It was resurrected in the early 2000s, with an International team, and the Irish women’s Lacrosse League.

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Women’s Lacrosse

Federation of International Lacrosse

FIL Women’s World Lacrosse Cup (Editions): 2017

European Lacrosse Federation

ELF Women’s European Lacrosse Championships (Editions): 2019

Home Nations Internationals

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association Home Internationals 1930-1970

Ireland Lacrosse (Women’s)

Ireland Lacrosse Irish Women’s Lacrosse League 2014-2016

IL Irish Women’s Lacrosse League (Results): 2018

IL Women’s Newtownards Cup (Results):   2019-20 2018 2017

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association (1922-1970)

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association League (seasons): 1925

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association School Shield (Roll of Honour):

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association School Shield 1934-1970

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Men’s Lacrosse is a 10-v-10 version of the game, originally played by Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands cultural region of Native North America (Eastern Canada & Upstate New York, New England).

The first known team in Ireland was in Newtownards, Co. Down, and there was a Championship in Ireland from the late 19th Century to World War I, and it was then resurrected in the early 2000s, with an International team, and the Irish Lacrosse League. The Newtownards Cup is also now played, named after the town with the first club.

Men’s Lacrosse (International)

Ireland Lacrosse; Irish Lacrosse Association; European Lacrosse Federation;

Federation of International Lacrosse

FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships (Editions):    2018 2006 2002

European Lacrosse Federation

ELF Men’s European Lacrosse Championships (Editions):  2004 2001 (Pending review)

ELF Men’s U20 European Lacrosse Championships (Editions): 2019

Celtic Cup

Celtic Cup (Editions): 2005 (pending Review) 2013 2009

International Lacrosse Union (1881-1899)

International Lacrosse Union Ireland v England 1881-1899

Irish Counties v South of England Representative Lacrosse Matches 1901 (pending Review)

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Irish Men’s Lacrosse Teams

Irish Men’s Lacrosse Teams

Team Histories (Including Results) and [ Season Rosters & Match Reports]

Ireland Lacrosse Men’s National Team 2002-Present (pending review)

Ireland Men’s Lacrosse World Championship

 [ Perth 2002 ][ London Ontario 2006 ] [ Manchester England 2010 ][ Denver, Colorado 2014 ][ Israel 2018 ] (Pending Review)

Ireland Men’s Lacrosse Celtic Cup:

Celtic Cup 2013

Dublin Bay Prawns: [ 2011-12 ] (pending Review)

Ireland Lacrosse Logo

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Indoor (also known as Box) Lacrosse is a 6-v-6 version of Lacrosse, played in an Indoor Arena. The National Indoor Lacrosse League matches were held in Loughlinstown, Co. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Indoor (Box) Lacrosse

Ireland Lacrosse

European Lacrosse Federation:

ELF European Box Lacrosse Championship (Editions): 2017

Ireland Lacrosse (Indoor) Standings:

National Indoor Lacrosse League 2011-2015

National Indoor Lacrosse League (Results):

2014 2013 2012

Jacksonville, Florida USA. February 2nd 2019. Jacksonville University and Duke University lacrosse players fighting for possession of the ball.

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The Victoria Shamrocks played in the Inter-City Lacrosse League (British Columbia) and in the British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League

World Lacrosse

National Lacrosse League; Pan-American Lacrosse Association

Pan-American Lacrosse Association Women’s World Qualifiers (Editions): 2019

National Lacrosse League (North American Major Indoor League):

Major Indoor Lacrosse League 1987-1990

National Lacrosse League Alterna Cup (Seasons): 2019-20

Canadian Senior Championship (Mann Cup)

Canadian Junior Championship (Minto Cup)

About Lacrosse and the Eirball Lacrosse Archive

Lacrosse has had three main eras of activity in Ireland: (1) c. 1870s to c. 1914 when the Irish Lacrosse Union (Men’s) was in operation. (2) Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association c. 1930 to 1970 which was mainly played in schools and (3) Ireland Lacrosse 2001 to Present which has both a Men’s and Women’s League as well as Box (Indoor) and International teams which compete in the World and European Championships. The Final Table of the Irish Lacrosse League (Men’s) 2010-11 as well as the Irish Women’s Lacrosse League and National Indoor Lacrosse League are shown below to give the reader an idea of what they will find in each article. just click on the links below in blue to be brought to the relevant articles.

There are four main versions of Lacrosse:

  1. Men’s Lacrosse (a 10 v 10 outdoor version of the game)
  2. Women’s Lacrosse (a 12 v 12 outdoor version of the game)
  3. Box Lacrosse (a 6 v indoor version of the game – mixed in Ireland)
  4. Polocrosse (Lacrosse on horseback)

Below you will find the results and standings,as well as some match reports and line-ups for all four versions of Lacrosse in Ireland, as well as results of International fixtures featuring Ireland and Irish Clubs and representative teams, and some World Lacrosse – the National Lacrosse League (The Major Indoor Lacrosse League – Canada’s National Summer Sport), and Major League Lacrosse (the Major Outdoor Lacrosse League in North America).

The sport was invented by Native North Americans, particularly in the Eastern Woodlands culture areas of Canada and North East USA, and was codified by European settlers, although the sport is still very popular among Native Americans and Canada’s First Nations, and is the only sport where Native Americans can represent their own country (Haudenosaunee is the Nativa American Women’s National Team, and Iroquois Nationals is the Men’s Native American National Team). [See the links in the articles below for references about the sport and its history].