2012 Ireland Lacrosse Men’s National Team Announced

Press Release – Ireland Lacrosse


Dublin, Ireland

Ireland Lacrosse announced yesterday their 23 man roster and coaching staff for the 2012 European Championships to be held in Amsterdam, NL in June of this year.With 9 of the 23 man roster spots representing a USA “hometown”, the question that obviously comes up is “what really IS a National Team”? It’s a lengthy debate that has gone in circles for some time now…but seriously…what’s the answer? We want to hear your thoughts on National Team selections. Should there be a cap on “out of country” spots? How far back should the “roots” go in the family tree? Let’s hear what you got.



2012 Men’s Roster
Name Position Hometown
Sean Gibson Midfield/Attack Blackrock, Co. Louth, IRL
Patrick Johnston Defense Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA
Zak Jordan Midfield London, England, UK
Ryan Licht Defense Bridgewater, NJ, USA
Jacob Morris Midfield Canterbury, Kent, UK
Cillian Murphy Attack/Midfield Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL
Paul Murran Attack Waterford, Co. Waterford, IRL
Jerry Nevin Defense San Fransico, CA, USA
Kevin Owens Midfield Fairfield, CT, USA
John O’Connor Midfield Waterford, Co. Waterford, IRL
Colin O’Donoghue Attack Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Padraig O’Leary Midfield Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, IRL
Liam O’Mahoney Attack Chigwell, Essex, UK
Sean O’Shaughnessy Midfield Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL
Kristian Prior Attack Merrick, NY, USA
Joseph Prior Defense Rockaway Beach, NY, USA
Kevin Quinn Goalie Ballina, Co. Mayo, IRL
Martin Scanlon Midfield Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, IRL
Andrew Sloane Midfield Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL
Conor Sweeney Goalie South Salem, NY USA
Gil Swenson Defense Randolph, NJ USA
Conor Walsh Defense Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL
Matt Walsh Attack Dublin, Co. Dublin, IRL


  1. its actually much worse, if you did a bit of research,

    Matt Walsh actually is from New York, and lives in New York

    Sean O’Shaughnessy is from Mass and only goes to school in dublin

    John O’Connor is irish but lives in the neatherlands

    Sean Gibson is canadain, but has been Living in Ireland for 8 plus years

    I also don’t see the differance between UK and US address, the UK is not ireland so it is just as bad

  2. Same rules as always- although in fact the requirements have generally tightened in the past decade or so. All national team members must be citizens or legal residents of the country they represent. And just within the past 10(?) years a rule has been implemented that at least half of a roster must be current residents of that country. Whether the national governing body of a country’s lacrosse program chooses to do that or to take a roster composed entirely of country residents is up to that governing body.

    Ideally, most non-residents are giving back to the development of the sport in the country that they represent in some way (helping procure equipment for new players, coming over to help coach or lead clinics, or even just being mentor figures during tryouts & training camps to the less experienced players residing in the represented country). Again, that part is up to the discretion of the country represented.

    So why is the focus on the 9 players “representing a USA ‘hometown'”? Is that somehow more of a problem than the 3 with a UK “hometown”? And what about the non-citizen legal residents on this roster, living in Ireland & working to support the growth of the game there. 1 is Canadian and 1 is American. Can you even identify which players they are?

    Eligibility rules are in place and to the best of anyone’s knowledge they are checked by the FIL. For this to be a productive argument, direct any complaints or suggestions there.

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