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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are having a season to remember right now as they sit at No. 3 in the nation heading into Week 9 of the college football season, but they may not be reserving themselves for just domestic games. 

While we're still right in the middle of the 2018 season, there's been some looking ahead to 2020 this week as Irish publication reports have surfaced of the possibility of Notre Dame returning to Ireland to play the Navy Midshipmen.  

So the Fighting Irish are returning to Ireland for the first time since 2012, or so we thought.

This was reported by "The Sunday Business Post" in Ireland and then referenced by multiple other Irish publications using this excerpt from the Business Post as a source:

"American football giants Notre Dame are on their way back to the capital for the first time in eight years. The Ivy League team known as ‘The Fighting Irish’, faced off against rivals Navy in the Aviva Stadium in 2012. Over 35,000 Americans jetted into the capital for the last game, boosting our economy by up to €60 million, according to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The US Navy even docked a warship in Dublin before the 2012 clash - and sources say they’ll do the same thing again for this match. And while no date has yet been set, the Sunday Business Post reports that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is likely to announce it as soon as next week. The game looks set to take place in the autumn of 2020."

Ignoring the fact that Notre Dame is referred to as an "Ivy League Team," this is an odd way for us to find out about the game. The oddest part of all of this is the fact that Notre Dame has already released its 2020 schedule and has the Navy game as the season opener at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Irish newspapers are saying the game will be in Ireland, Notre Dame is listing it as East Rutherford and, hopefully, we get some clarification soon so people can start planning their trips to Europe. Or to New Jersey. 

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