Five from five for Dundalk following victory over Sligo Rovers

DundalkCrest2010Champions Dundalk made it five wins from five with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers in Oriel Park last night.

David McMillan set the home side on their way after just 17 minutes when he rifled to the net after latching on to a Daryl Horgan pass.

Richie Towell then doubled the advantage nine minutes later with a low volley from the edge of the area before wrapping up the win five minutes from time with the simplest of tap-ins from Ronan Finn’s pass.

Next up for the Lilywhites is a trip to face Limerick next Saturday.

Dundalk see off Bohs to make it four wins from four

How things stand after four matches

How things stand after four matches

Dundalk continued their 100% start to the season with a 3-0 victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park last night to make it four wins from four games so far.

Both sides went into the game with maximum points and no goals conceded but it was Stephen Kenny’s side who had to weather an early storm before David McMillan headed them in front in the 27th minute.

Bohs’ cause suffered a blow at the start of the second half when Anto Murphy was sent-off for a second bookable offence and that allowed Dundalk to go on to claim a rather flattering victory with substitutes Jake Kelly and Darren Meenan getting on the scoresheet in the closing stages.

Next up for the Lilywhites is the visit of Sligo Rovers to Oriel Park on Friday night, a game which will be televised live on RTÉ Two from 7.35pm.

Dundalk make it three wins from three with victory over St Patrick’s Athletic

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk continued their perfect start to the new campaign with a 3-0 victory over nine man St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park last night.

The Lilywhites opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Brian Gartland headed home from a corner kick.

St Pat’s then had Bellurgan man Conor McCormack sent-off just before half-time for a second bookable offence before being reduced to nine just after the hour mark when Killian Brennan was shown a straight red for an altercation with Richie Towell.

With the numerical advantage, Dundalk doubled their lead five minutes later when David McMillan volleyed home from a corner.

The striker then added his second and Dundalk’s third five minutes from time when he headed home a Dane Massey cross.

It makes it three wins from three for Stephen Kenny’s side with a trip to face Bohemians in Dalymount Park next up on Tuesday.

Dundalk to host Shelbourne in EA Sports Cup

DundalkCrest2010Holders Dundalk have been drawn at home to Shelbourne in the second round of the 2015 EA Sports Cup.

Stephen Kenny’s side will host the Drumcondra men in Oriel Park on April 6th/7th.

The draw in full is as follows…

  • Pool 1: Waterford United v Cork City, UCC v Cobh Ramblers.
  • Pool 2: Sligo Rovers v Derry City, Galway United v Cockhill Celtic.
  • Pool 3: Crumlin United v St Patrick’s Athletic, Dundalk v Shelbourne.
  • Pool 4: Cabinteely v Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians v Longford Town.

The winners of the eight pool matches will advance to the quarter-finals where there will be an open draw.

Dundalk won the trophy last September by beating Shamrock Rovers in the final at Oriel Park.

Meanwhile, the FAI have confirmed that the club’s league match at home to Sligo Rovers on Friday March 27th will now have a 7.35pm kick-off to accommodate TV coverage on RTÉ Two.

Number of local events lined up for inaugural PolskaÉire festival

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.24.05The inaugural PolskaÉire 2015, Ireland’s first Polish-Irish national festival, will have a number of local events over the next week when it gets underway this Saturday.

The first national Polish-Irish festival organised by Minister for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhan O’Riordain, aims to celebrate the Polish community and culture in Ireland.

Supported by RTE, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Polish Embassy, the Irish-Polish Society and Dublin City Council, PolskaÉire 2015 will host the following events in Louth:

  • An ‘Easter Crafts Workshop with Polska Szkola Dundalk, hosted by Louth County Libraries and Polska Szkola Dundalk, will begin on Saturday 21st March at 11am in Dundalk Library.
  • A ‘Workshop and Q&A session with members of Dundalk FC’, hosted by Louth County Libraries’ will take place on Wednesday 25th March at 4pm in Dundalk Library.
  • A ‘Polish Irish Storytelling’ event, hosted by Louth County Libraries and Polska Szkola Drogheda, will take place on Saturday 28th March at 10.30am in Drogheda Library.

The festival has been welcomed by local Senator Mary Moran, who said: “I am glad that, as a local community, we are participating in the festival and it will be an opportunity to celebrate the strong Polish-Irish relationships which exist in our locality, and to focus on how we can strengthen them even further.

“The latest figures show us that there are approximately 1,880 Polish people living in Louth, who make a valuable cultural contribution to our community. It is through cultural activities and events such as the UEFA qualifier and the PolskaÉire events, which bring the Polish and Irish communities together.

“I am delighted that there are three fantastic cultural events in Louth from literature to sport, to provide a space for Irish people and Polish people alike to come together, appreciate our cultural differences and similarities and get to know one another better.

“I would like to encourage everyone in our community to join in the national celebration of PolskaEire and attend our community events. I would also like to thank the hard work done by Louth County Libraries, Polska Szkola Dundalk and Polska Szkola Drogheda in setting up the events.”

More details about the national PolskaEire 2015 programme can be found at www.polskaeirefestival.com

Dundalk v Sligo Rovers match to be televised

DundalkCrest2010The Dundalk v Sligo Rovers match in Oriel Park on Friday March 27th will be televised live on RTÉ Two.

This will be the first time this season that the champions have featured live on television.

Stephen Kenny’s side host St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night before travelling to face Bohemians in Dalymount Park the following Tuesday.

The side also advanced to the last four of the Leinster Senior Cup with a 3-0 win away to Wexford Youths on Monday night.

With 11 changes to the side that beat Derry City a few days earlier, Ciaran O’Connor opened the scoring for the Lilywhites in the 17th minute before a Shane Grimes double in the second half made sure of the win.

New route for tomorrow’s St Patrick’s Day parade

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This year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dundalk will have a new route.

The parade will commence at 1pm from the Carroll Village Shopping Centre car park and finish at the Tesco Extra megastore at Hill Street bridge.

It will travel up Clanbrassil Street, on to the Market Square, Crowe Street, Francis Street and Park Street before breaking up at the end of Dublin Street.

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny is this year’s Grand Marshal, with sponsors including Horseware Products Ltd and Moffett Engineering Ltd.

A family fun zone will be operating at the Market Square and Earl Street from12 noon to 4pm on the day with a fun fair also open at the Marshes Shopping Centre from 12 noon to 10pm.

Dundalk FC release statement in relation to attack on supporters’ buses in Derry

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk Football Club have released a statement in relation to the incident which occurred outside the Brandywell on Friday following the club’s 1-0 victory over Derry City, in which three supporters’ buses were attacked.

Windows on the buses were broken while at least a handful of supporters received injuries.

Dundalk say that they have been in touch with Derry City to ensure it does not happen again.

The statement read: “Everybody at Dundalk FC would like to thank the fans who made the trip to the Brandywell on Friday night. Stephen Kenny and the team really appreciate the loud passionate support that you provided the lads throughout the match.

“We were alarmed at the events that took place after the match and have discussed the issue at length with Derry City FC who have informed us that they are taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again.

“We hope everybody who made the trip home on damaged buses has recovered from what was obviously a distressing incident.”

Massey strike makes it two from two for Dundalk

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC made it two wins from two in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division courtesy of a 1-0 win away to Derry City in the Brandywell last night.

The crucial breakthrough came in the 65th minute when left back Dane Massey latched on to a Ronan Finn pass to steer a first-time shot past Ger Doherty.

Earlier both David McMillan and Finn had been denied by Doherty with the Lilywhites having to weather a mini-storm at the start of the second half before Massey’s breakthrough – a blow which the Candystripes never recovered from.

That means it’s the perfect start for Stephen Kenny’s side, following on from their 1-0 victory over Longford Town on the opening day.

Dundalk are next in action in the league on Friday night when they host 2013 champions St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park.

Youth injured as three Dundalk buses are stoned in Derry

The window of one of the Anchor Tours buses last night

The window of one of the Anchor Tours buses last night

A youth sustained an eye injury after three Dundalk supporters’ buses were attacked with stones in Derry last night. Derrycity2

The incident happened outside the Brandywell following Dundalk FC’s 1-0 victory over Derry City last night with a woman also injured.

In total three buses had their windows broken. The incident happened just outside the ground, just minutes after the final whistle with local teenagers said to be the culprits.

This is the second time in two years such an incident has occurred.

One supporter tweeted last night: “A great trip away spoiled for all Dundalk fans by what can only be described as filthy scum. I for one won’t be back.”

Meanwhile, Dundalk centre back Brian Gartland hit out at those responsible. He said: “After seeing 1 of the 3 supporters buses bricked and smashed In by little scumbags up in Derry, young lad injured too…. brutal!”