The Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland come from the Republic of Ireland and the four countries of the United Kingdom – comprised of England, Scotland and Wales (collectively “Great Britain”), and Northern Ireland. The broom game of Quidditch, originating in England and written about in the eleventh century, is popular with Witches and Wizards around the world.
The British and Irish Quidditch League was formed in 1674 when it became difficult to keep the many teams and their matches hidden from the Muggles. The thirteen best teams formed the League and the others were asked to disband. The League teams compete annually for the League Cup.
Historical or disbanded teams
Banchory Bangers (Scotland)
Barnton Quidditch Team (England)
Ilkley Kwidditch Team (England)
Norfolk Quidditch Teams (England)
Although it is within Europe, the Irish team Kenmare Kestrels play Quidditch in the British and Irish League.
In the Muggle world, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland field distinct national teams for football and rugby. However, there are currently no canon references to a separate Northern Irish Quidditch side.
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
- The British and Irish Quidditch League
- British and Irish Quidditch teams to support
- Quidditch World Cup enhanced reading experience
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: http://imgur.com/a/AXutv