"To the jubilation of a packed crowd of black-clad Bat fans last night, Ballycastle beat League leaders, the Tornados...."
-- match report in the Daily Prophet (DP2)
Their fruitbat mascot Barny appears in the advertisements for Butterbeer: Batty says: I’m just batty about Butterbeer! (QA7).
Ballycastle, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has hurling and Gaelic football teams listed in its Wikipedia entry, and even mentions Quidditch (Wikipedia).
Lexicon list of British and Irish Quidditch teams
Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:
the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.
From the Web
Writing by J K Rowling on WizardingWorld.com (Pottermore): The Daily Prophet
WizardingWorld.com (Pottermore) features:
- The British and Irish Quidditch League
- British and Irish Quidditch teams to support
- Things you might not know about Quidditch
- Quidditch Through the Ages
Harry Potter Wiki: Ballycastle Bats