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Trinity Announced as Official Welcome Village for Aer Lingus American College Football Classic

Posted on 31 March 2016

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The launch event of the Aer Lingus College American Football Classic took place today at Trinity College Dublin.  Under the banner, “Much More than a Game”, the 2016 Classic organisers, Irish American Events announced that Trinity will be the venue for the official Welcome Village, hosting a variety of social, cultural and business activities. The College Football Classic will take place between Boston College and Georgia Tech in the Aviva Stadium on 3rd September.
Boston College and Georgia Tech will compete for the inaugural ‘Keough-Naughton’ Trophy which has been designed and crafted by Waterford Crystal.  US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley opened the launch event in Trinity this morning.  An update on the plans for game-week were also announced at a reception in Trinity College Dublin’s Dining Hall today.

With over 100 football squad members per team, Boston College and Georgia Tech will both travel with a 150 piece strong marching band and cheer-leading troops.  The renowned pre-game pep rallies and tailgate parties will be among the many highlights to take place at the 2016 Classic head-quarters at Trinity.

The Welcome Village will also play host to three profile High School games in the grounds of Trinity College Dublin. The games, which will take place on Friday 2nd September, are:
•    Westminster School, Atlanta, Georgia Vs Community School Naples, Naples Florida
•    Blessed Trinity High School, Atlanta Georgia Vs St. Peter's Prep School, Jersey City, New Jersey
•    Marist High School, Atlanta, Georgia Vs Belen Jesuit High School, Miami, Florida

Provost and President of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “We are delighted to be playing host to the official Welcome Village for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech that will also involve a range of  social and business activities, as well as a series of  American High School games. With more than 5,000 Trinity alumni living in the US, Trinity has extremely strong connections with the Irish community there. I look forward to welcoming American students, their families and friends to Trinity in September in what promises to be a fun filled sporting event.  This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our educational links with high schools and universities across the country.  Trinity has had a long history of receiving students from top institutions across the US. Ireland is the sixth highest receiver of American study abroad students in the world.  For most of our American students, the motivation to study at Trinity is rooted in a spirit of adventure and a desire for a truly international education at a world class University.”

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