Saturday’s NCAA Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and the Navy at the Aviva Stadium turned into a one-sided affair, Notre Dame winning 50-10.

But, as part of the Global Football spectacle, the game which prompted what Taoiseach Enda Kenny called “the biggest ever overseas mobilisation of US citizens” was a roaring success.

Everett Golson was given the nod to start at quarter back for Notre Dame and, in front of a crowd of almost 50,000 noisy spectators, the Fighting Irish scored touchdowns with their first three possessions.That set the tone for a game they totally dominated.

The Irish led 27-3 at half-time and extended that advantage all the way to secure a 40-point victory.