- "The Irish are another strong defensive team, especially against the run, and with Aiden [sic] Lynch in the air, the offence put as many points on the board as nearly every team in the World Cup. Their running game is suspect, but Lynch always seems to find a way to keep the chains moving. Bulgarians brace yourselves..."
- —Description on promotional material for the 1994 Quidditch World Cup[src]
In the summer of 1993 the Irish side placed an order in Quality Quidditch Supplies (where a prototype Firebolt was on display) for seven new Firebolt Broomsticks. They were favourites to win the next year's Quidditch World Cup.
They played in the final match of the 1994 Quidditch World Cup against Bulgaria. Troy scored the first goal of the
match. After another two Irish goals, Bulgaria registered their opening score. Then Ireland's Seeker Aidan Lynch was fooled by Krum's Wronski Feint, but managed to continue play after the aid of some mediwizards. Fifteen minutes later Ireland had stretched their lead to 130-10, when their Chaser Mullet was fouled by the Bulgarian Keeper and was awarded a penalty. This led to anarchy, with another penalty being awarded to Ireland and referee Hassan Mostafa being distracted by the Veela (Bulgaria's mascots). Quigley sent a Bludger towards Krum which broke his nose. Lynch then spotted the Snitch, but was beaten in the race for it by Krum. Despite this, Ireland still ran out the victors. The final score was 170-160.
The Irish team performed a lap of honour before being presented with the Quidditch World Cup in the stadium's Top Box (Lynch had to be supported by Moran and Connolly). Troy and Quigley lifted the trophy. All of the members of the team were riding new Firebolts. The team is probably well-renowned for their superb Chasers, having apparently crushed the Peruvian National Quidditch team in the Semi-Finals before taking on the Bulgarian team.
|Irish National Team|
|Barry Ryan||Aidan Lynch|
Behind the scenes
- J. K. Rowling showed that all the team members have names of friends of the author.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, all seven players released fireworks to create the giant form of one Leprechaun, instead of having multiple real ones spelling words.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Irish team wear predominantly green robes, but with a large proportion of white.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry appears to support Bulgaria; however, in the book Harry, along with all the others, supports Ireland. and also, Ron appears to be wearing both colours (possibly as a split decision between the Irish "team" and the Bulgarian "seeker")
- In the film and book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Death Eaters are mistaked for the Irish.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Mentioned only)
Notes and references