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.”

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

2014 Celtic Open U19 Tournament Registration

celtic cup lacrosse

In conjunction with Sports Tours Ireland & and Limerick 4th of July Celebration (, Ireland Lacrosse is hosting the 2014 Celtic Open, an U19 Boys Lacrosse Tournament for High School Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and just graduated in the University of Limerick from July 2nd – 5th 2014.

Celebrate 4th of July playing lacrosse in Ireland!

When: July 2-5, 2014

Where: University of Limerick, Ireland


Tours and other excursions are also available for teams wishing to add to the lacrosse experience.  Accommodation and meals will be offered at the start-of-the-art facilities at the University of Limerick, where all tournament games will take place. 

For further information, including sample itineraries, see Sports Tours Ireland – Celtic Open/ or contact Anthony Neville at for further details.

Ireland Women’s Team Finishes as #10 Team in the World



Oshawa, Ontario Canada – The 2013 Ireland Women’s National Team played with pride and honor, representing their country in the 2013 FIL World Cup. After a strong showing in pool play, the Irish earned a spot in the championship playoff bracket. Ultimately Ireland would finish as the #10 team in the world.

The championship playoff bracket results.

2013 womens lacrosse world cup results

Women’s World Cup Update – Ireland Aims for Championship Bracket

At the end of day 5 of the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup, the Ladies of Ireland are continuing to play strong and are making a push for a spot in the Championship Playoff Bracket.


They are currently in pool play, in ‘Pool B’ along with New Zealand, Netherlands, Latvia & Finland. Following Pool play teams will be seeded into a Championship Bracket of 12 teams and a Diamond Consolation Bracket of 7 teams. The Championship Bracket will be the teams in Pool A, the top 2 teams in Pools B, C and D and the next highest ranked team. The seven (7) teams in the Diamond Consolation Bracket will be reseeded into two new pools, X and Y, based on rankings and teams previously played in the pool play.

Ireland and New Zealand are at the top of Pool B with an equal record, however New Zealand hold the tie-breaker advantage, having handed Ireland their only loss so far in the tournament. The Irish did however post wins against the other three teams in the pool, putting them in great position to make a run in the Championship Bracket. Below is a graphic with the current standings as of Monday, July 15th.

Women's Lacrosse World Cup Standings

Team Ireland will next face-off against Germany.

2013 Celtic Open Cup



The Celtic Open Men’s Lacrosse Tournament is looking for men’s teams from the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe to take part in this year’s competition. This 4-day tournament will run alongside the Celtic Cup 2013, an international lacrosse tournament showcasing the skills of the national teams of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France, ensuring that there will be plenty of first-rate lacrosse on offer!

To be part of the action, contact Anthony Neville at or +353 (0)87-695-7843. Sports Tours Ireland can help you with your itinerary, including transport to and from the tournament venue, as well as assist with adding extra excursions to add to the experience.

This event is being run in conjunction with The Gathering 2013 and Tourism Ireland.


Upcoming Events

Irish Lacrosse Foundation



October 21 (Sunday) Bruce Allison Tournament at Union College – ILF team, Union College, and two other colleges


January 11 – 13 US Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia

July 11 – 20 Women’s FIL World Championship in Oshawa, Ontario

August 1 – 10 Police and Fire International Olympics in Belfast (no Lacrosse)

August 3 and 4 John Pepper Memorial Lacrosse Tournament in Camillus, NY

August 5 – 11 Lake Placid Tournament

August 15 – 18 Celtic Cup in Dublin

Ireland Captures Silver Medal

Ireland Men take Silver Medal


The Men’s National Team earned the Silver Medal at the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships. England took home the Gold Medal and Sweden finished in third for the Bronze . The Irish Women’s Team battled hard and finished in 8th. The Irish Team Éire finished in 4th place in the European Festival Tournament as the top European team, finishing only behind 3 American based teams.

The Irish attack made up of Matt Walsh (14 goals), Kris Prior (18 goals) and Colin O’Donoghue (14 goals) combined for 46 of the team’s 92 goals, exactly 50%. Paddy O’Leary (8 goals) and Kevin Owens (6 goals) lead the midfield in scoring along with Sean Gibson, Sean O’Shaughnessy & Brendan Walsh (4 goals each).

LSM Patrick Johnston (7 goals) and Defenseman JT Prior (5 goals) both showcased their stick skills by combining for 12 long-stick goals in the tournament.

Netminder Connor Sweeney finished 12th in save percentage (55%) out of 32 goalies that appeared in the tournament. Connor finished the tournament with 89 total saves. Ireland dropped their first 3 games but never looked back, going on to win every game leading into the championship matchup with England.

The Irish Women’s Team was lead by Caroline Peters who had 19 goals, Sarah Walsh with 15 goals and Vanessa Bridge with 11 goals. The ladied finished in 8th place with a tough finish losing both of their last two games by the same score and by only 1 goal (13-12 to Sweden in Overtime, 13-12 to Netherlands).  The Women played their hearts out and were well respected by all teams in the tournament.


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.