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Boston College vs. Georgia Tech In Ireland Won't Be Happening In 2016

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The GAA confirms the Croke Park Classic won't be happening next season

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

According to various Irish media reports, including this one from The42.ie, the Gaelic Athletic Association has pulled the plug on the proposed Boston College vs. Georgia Tech Croke Park Classic football game, originally rumored to be held next fall, possibly as the first game of the 2016 college football season.

In the GAA's official statement, they said that the increasing strength of the U.S. dollar relative to the euro made the game financially unfeasible without support from government agencies, which was not forthcoming. The42's report stated that the official announcement of the game was supposed to happen during Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny's trip to the U.S. for St. Patrick's Day; when it didn't happen, suspicions were aroused that the game wouldn't go forward.

This is somewhat disappointing news as I know I wasn't the only one looking forward to the excuse to travel to Ireland. Boston College famously played in the Emerald Isle Classic in 1988, the first of five official NCAA football games to take place in Ireland.

On the bright side, Boston College was giving up a home game to participate in this, so this means an ACC contest is returning to the official home slate in 2016. Hopefully the opportunity will present itself to have another game in Ireland in the future, as it would have been an excellent opportunity for exposure for the program.