Carrickfergus is transformed to an independent state
Carrickfergus will turn American to celebrate Independence Day.
Not only will the local American Football team, the Carrickfergus Knights, play a season-defining game against the North Kildare Reapers, they are also hosting a free family fun day at Carrickfergus Rugby Club on Saturday July 4, starting at 1pm.
That will also be a second enthralling clash, with three-time defending national champions, the Belfast Trojans, facing local rivals, the Craigavon Cowboys, at 4pm.
"As an American, living in Northern Ireland, I wanted an opportunity for my family and our football family, to celebrate 4th July on this side of the Atlantic," said Matt Craig, chairman of the Carrickfergus Knights.
"The teams have worked hard all year and we're looking forward to ending our regular season in style, surrounded by supporters, family and friends.
"Whether it be Americans living here and wanting a sense of home, those curious about American Football, or those just wanting a fun day out for the whole family, the 4th promises to be a great day in Carrickfergus."
American Football has been growing rapidly in recent times and 22 teams now playing senior level in IAFA leagues.
"Anyone interested in playing American Football should call down on 4th July to see our guys in action, and find out more about the sport, which is the fastest growing in the UK," said Knights' Head coach Adam Devenney.
"We're putting on lots of activities to keep kids entertained, while four teams will demonstrate the highest level of American Football in Ireland."