|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|14.06.1997||North Down Warriors||Dublin Blues|
|Challenge Cup Final||Tigers Park, Tallaght|
|13.08.1997||Tallaght Tigers||16||Dublin Blues||24|
History was made in early June 1997 when the Tallaght Tigers Rugby League team travelled to Clonmel, Co. Tipperary to take on Kilkenny in the first ever Irish Challenge Cup match, which the Dublin side won 52-44, going on to meet Clonmel in the next round. The Tigers went all the way to the Final where the met original Irish Rugby League team Dublin Blues, who won 24-16., with tries by D. McCartney, D. McNamara, E. Hendy and D. Stanley, as well as four conversions by G. Kinane.
Venue: Tigers Park, Greenhills, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Date: 13 August 1997
Dublin Blues 24 (D. McCartney, D. McNamara, E. Hendy, and D. Stanley Tries. G. Kinane 4 Cons.)
Tallaght Tigers 16 (S. Tighe, N. Tremane, M. Sheehy Tries. M. Browne 2 Cons.)
 Naughton, Lindie (1997) “In a League of their own” Evening Herald.Thursday, June 12, 1997. pg. 78 [pg. 62 Irish Newspaper Archive]
 Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Rugby League” Irish Independent. August 14, 1997. pg. 14.
 Anon. (1997) “Rugby League” Evening Herald. Friday, May 16, 1997 pg. 112.
 Anon. (1997) “Rugby League” Evening Herald. Thursday, May 22, 1997 pg. 117.
 Anon. (1997) “Rugby League” Evening Herald. Thursday, June 12, 1997 pg. 106..
 Rugby League Ireland (2019) Competition Winners [Internet] Available from: https://www.rli.ie/content_page/10044369/ [Accessed 5 December 2019]
Thanks to Vinny Kingston and Brendan Farrell
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