Tom Prior Announced as Head Coach

Tom Prior

Tom Prior was named the Head Coach for the 2014 Men’s Lacrosse World Cup

Dublin, Ireland – John Cavanaugh, Ireland Lacrosse National Team Director, is proud to announce that Tom Prior will be the Head Coach of the 2014 Ireland Men’s Lacrosse Team. The team is set to compete at the year’s Federation of International Lacrosse’s World Championships in Denver, Colorado. Tom brings with him decades of Lacrosse coaching experience, including prior stints as Ireland’s top coach.

“Tom Prior’s service to our National Team Program is exemplary” said John Cavanaugh, National Team Director. Mr. Cavanaugh went on to say that, “we are fortunate to have a head coach with Tom’s dedication, commitment & experience leading us in Denver.”

Following the official nomination as Head Coach, Prior gave he own words of thanks:

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the Head Coach for Team Ireland for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships. It is also great to work with legendary coach Richie Moran and a top notch staff that is building on momentum gained from our 2nd place finish at the 2012 European Championships, and from our recent win against Israel over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.”

He went on to say that, “I have been involved in Ireland lacrosse since 2001. The opportunity to teach & coach lacrosse in Ireland has been a tremendous experience and it is most rewarding to see the development and progress of our players, coaches & referees. I look forward to the competition in Denver this July and representing Ireland Lacrosse.”

Ireland defeats Israel 11-10

Ireland & Israel Representatives before the international exhibition during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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In an international exhibition match held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, The Ireland Men’s National Team defeated team Israel 11-10 in an exciting and tough battle. Held on the neutral grounds of Centre Island Town Park in Bayville New York, these two teams faced-off in what can be described as a warm-up match leading up to this years World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

The game featured some big hits from both teams while each trading scores back and forth. Both teams fought hard, but in the end it was team Ireland that came out on top. After the match, the Irish Lacrosse Foundation held a fundraiser & reception @ the beautiful Wall’s Wharf restaurant on the Long Island Sound in Bayville, NY.

Michael Kennedy, chief executive of Ireland Lacrosse, said Sunday’s game came together by chance after his team planned its training camp for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. After talking to Scott Neiss, executive director of the Israel Lacrosse Association, and realizing the holidays were in such proximity, the cross-cultural game day was born.

“We know there’s a huge Jewish community in New York and a huge Irish community in New York, and it’s great for both teams to be able to connect to those communities on major days for both countries. It’s absolutely special,” Kennedy said.

Funds were raised to support the National Team and the growth of lacrosse in Ireland. Many thanks to all of those who attended and donated their time and contributed to the cause.

Ireland Lacrosse at Doc O’Grady’s

Lacrosse Hall of Fame Coach Richie Moran hosted the event for the Irish Lacrosse Foundation

To kick of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Irish Lacrosse Foundation held a fundraiser at Doc O’Grady’s in Garden City, New York. The spirited affair featured Irish National Team players & coaches, along with local supporters all gathering for fun and drinks for the cause of Ireland lacrosse. The Men’s National team will be competing in the 2014 World Championships in Denver, Colorado.

With a local traditional bagpipe player leading the festivities, the crowd enjoyed food & drinks while Ireland lacrosse gear was featured in the raffles & auction. The Irish Lacrosse Foundation thanks all of those wonderful supporters who came down and celebrated with us!

Men’s World Team 30 Man Roster

Ireland Lacrosse

We are pleased to announce the 30-man roster that will compete at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. After an intense tryout that featured the best players that Ireland has to offer, the coaches and National Team Director John Cavanaugh made their decision and trimmed the roster down to 30. Congratulations to the following players who have been chosen to represent Ireland!

Kevin Quinn G
Connor Sweeney G
Conor Walsh D
Joseph Prior D
Jerry Nevin D
Ryan Licht D
Chris Byrne D
Dan Leidl D
Patrick Ferry LSM
Brian Fahy LSM
Zak Jordan M/FO
Kevin Owens M/FO
Sonny Campbell M/FO
Paddy O’Leary M
Martin Scanlon M
Tadhg Bolger M
John O’Connor M
Thomas Burke M
Aaron Cahill M
Tom Riley M
Michael McTernan M
Michael Shea M
Brian Gill M
Robert Byrne A/M
Paul Murran A
Sean Gibson A
Cillian Murphy A
Brian Gillis A
Kris Prior A
Garrett Kerr A

Men’s Team Holding Training Camp in New York

The Ireland Lacrosse Men’s Team is coming to New York to hold a training camp during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The festivities will include exhibition games, youth clinics, fundraising events and an Irish Lacrosse Banquet. There will be a ton of activities going on from 3/13- 3/17, including the team & supporters marching in the NYC St. Patricks Day Parade.

Here is a rundown of the festivities:


Thursday, March 13th

Fundraiser & Reception 7:00pm start
Doc O’Grady’s Irish Pub
273 Nassau Blvd S. Garden City South, NY 11530
Doc O’Grady’s Website


Friday, March 14th

Team Practice
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Centre Island Beach Park, Bayville


Saturday, March 15th

Youth Clinic
12:00pm – 1:00pm
St Mary’s High School Manhasset, NY

Exhibition Game: Ireland vs. North Shore Lacrosse Club
5:00pm Port Washington High School

Reception hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Chapter 19
Location & Time TBD


Sunday, March 16th

Youth Clinic
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Centre Island Park, Bayville

Exhibition Game: Ireland vs. Israel
2:00pm Centre Island Park, Bayville

Reception – Wall’s Wharf, Bayville
Following the exhibition game


Monday, March 17th

The National Team will be marching in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Irish Government Honors 2012 National Teams


The 2012 Irish Men’s and Women’s National Teams were congratulated by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. In a letter sent from his office, President Higgins praised the hard work and dedication of the teams, exclaiming that they had made the country of Ireland proud. Ireland and its lacrosse teams were honoured again with a letter of congratulations from Enda Kenny the Taoiseach (head of government) of Ireland.

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has also given his congratulations the Irish men’s lacrosse team for achieving a silver medal in the 2012 European Championships. In an official press release on the Ministry website, Mr. Ring said that:

“This is a great achievement for the Irish men’s lacrosse team, who were awarded a silver medal in Amsterdam following an exciting game. The women’s team also played valiantly and came in eight place overall.

“Both teams have put in a huge amount of effort and resources into reaching these championships.”

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in lacrosse in Ireland. As a minority sport, it relies on the support and dedication of a large number of volunteers. It’s great to see their efforts being rewarded with this achievement.”

Men Eliminate Sweden, Advance to Championship vs. England

Ireland takes down Sweden by a score of 13-8 in the semifinal round of the 2012 European Championship Tournament. They are on a remarkable 5 game winning streak to enter the championship game after starting the tournament 0-3. The Men had a strong first half in this game, building up a three goal lead going into halftime (6-3). The team came out of halftime strong by quickly posting up goals. They controlled the entire game in the thiRd quarter and went into the fourth leading the game 11-4.

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Men fall to Germany in O.T. Thriller

The Irish Men’s National Team lost to Germany 12-11 in what was arguably the most exciting game of the tournament thus far.

The Irish came into the game looking to rebound after a tough opening round loss to England, the defending European Tournament Champions. Germany had won their first match against the Netherlands in the opening game if the tournament 9-8 .

Patrick Johnston - Ireland Vs. Germany 2012

Patrick Johnston

The teams played very evenly to start the game with the score tied at two after the first quarter, but Germany pulled ahead with a second quarter run of goals to gain a 7-3 halftime lead. Similar to their first match against England, Ireland would mount a strong comeback during the second half. The offense picked up the pace and the defense solidified which resulted in the Irish closing to within two goals (8-6) after the third.

Ireland continued to rally and ultimately tied the game at 9. Ireland outscored Germany 6-2 in the second half. The European Championship calls for two, four minute overtime periods, after which a sudden death overtime would ensue if the score is still tied.

Both teams traded goals during the first few minutes of the extra period. Down 11-10 with less than a minute left in overtime, Matt Walsh scored an unassisted goal coming around from the back of the cage to tie the game at 11.

With only seconds now remaining in the overtime period, J.T Prior intercepted a German pass and quickly pushed the ball to the offensive end. On a last second shot Ireland got the ball on cage and into the net as time expired, but the goal was ultimately waved off by the officials, and the two teams went into a final sudden death period. Ireland would not see the ball again, as Germany won the first face-off of the sudden death period and quickly scored.

Ireland will next face the tournament host team, the Netherlands.

Comeback falls short vs. England

The Irish Men’s National team fell to England 11-8 in the opening round of the 2012 European Championship Tournament.

After a tightly contested first quarter that had the two teams knotted up 1-1, England sparked a run of goals in the second quarter, and the Irish went into halftime down 7-2.

Team Ireland made some halftime adjustments and began a second half comeback. They scored quickly to close the gap and played a very competetive 3rd quarter. The Irish continued the comeback by outscoring the English in the fourth quarter.

“The guys played very tough and the effort was great” said Head Coach Tom Prior after the game. “We have to continue to play tough throughout the entire tournament.”

Connor Sweeney

Connor Sweeney

Connor Sweeney played solidly in net, recording 15 saves, many of which were on shots that came from within 5 yards. Colin O’Donoghue and Kris Prior led the attack with two goals each. Longpole defenseman Patrick Johnston scored an unassisted goal that helped spark a rally by the Irish. Brendan Walsh and Paddy O’Leary also found the back of the net.

Irish Exhibition game in New York


The following players have been chosen to represent Ireland on June 8th in Middletown, New York. They will face-off against a NY Section IX All Star Team comprised of current and former college players. Over 70 men tried out for a chance to play against team Ireland. Click Here for Game Details

# Name Position Ireland Connection
3 Mike Conway LSM/D Roscommon
4 Matt Sharkey M/FO Sligo/Donegal/Galway
5 Chris Cook A/M Dublin/Kerry
7 George Calvert M Kerry/Roscommon
9 Tom Riley M Kerry/Donegal
11 Connor English A/M Dublin
12 Kris Prior A Leitrim/Donegal
14 Kyle Ewanouski D Mayo
15 Colin O’Donoghue A/M Listowel/Kerry
16 Matt Walsh A Cork/Leitrim
17 Patrick Johnston D/FO Donegal/Galway
18 Connor Entenmann A/M Donegal
20 Connor Sweeney Goalie Cork
21 Chris Byrne D/LSM Mayo
22 Billy Donovan A Cork/Drimoleague
26 Rick Iacopelli M/FO Limerick
27 Brian O’Donnell Goalie Mayo
28 Brendan Walsh M
29 Chris Finn A Roscommon
30 Danny Jacobsen D Leitrim/Roscommon
31 J.T. Prior D Leitrim/Donegal
32 Kevin Owens M/FO Tipperary/Donegal
33 Pat English D/LSM Dublin
34 Gil Swenson D/LSM Galway
35 Brendan Treanor D Armah
36 John Mulligan M Mayo/Dublin


Coaches: Tom Prior, Richie Moran, Bob Deegan, Tim Weir
Official: Dick Pepper
Trainer/Physical Therapist: John Cavanaugh
Administration: Jimmy Carroll, Larry Carroll