Dundalk v Rovers to be shown on TV

DundalkCrest2010The FAI have confirmed that the Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers clash at Oriel Park, scheduled for Monday October 13th, will now be shown live on RTÉ Two.

To accommodate TV coverage the match – which could prove massive if Stephen Kenny’s side wants to win the league – will now have a 7.05pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, Athlone Town insist that their clash against Dundalk in Lissywoolen on Friday week will not be televised, meaning that kick-off will remain at the scheduled time of 7.45pm.

Xtra-vision open until midnight for FIFA 15 launch

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Xtra-vision Dundalk will be one of many stores open at midnight tonight for the launch of the FIFA 15 game from EA Sports.

The local store will also have the unique sleeve available featuring Dundalk FC midfielder Richie Towell, who won this year’s vote to appear on the cover alongside Lionel Messi and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy.

Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell to appear on cover of FIFA 15

Barry Murphy and Richie Towell will appear on the cover of this year's FIFA 15 game

Barry Murphy and Richie Towell will appear on the cover of this year’s FIFA 15 game

For the second year running a Dundalk FC player will appear on the cover of the popular FIFA 15 game.

This year’s cover stars were revealed earlier today as Lilywhites favourite Richie Towell and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Barry Murphy.

Towell’s appearance on the cover alongside Barca superstar Lionel Messi comes just 12 months after team-mate Pat Hoban was selected to appear on last year’s cover.

The pair were selected following a vote on extratime.ie

The exclusive cover will be available to download from easportsfootball.com from this Friday and is available for both the XBox One and Playstation 4.

FIFA 15 goes on sale this Friday.

McGee suffers brutal attack at hands of Shamrock Rovers fan

Paul's injuries

Paul’s injuries

A local man was attacked outside a wake at the weekend by thugs from Shamrock Rovers FC, who were in Dundalk for Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final, which the home side won 3-2.

Fitness guru Paul McGee was left with a number of facial injuries after being attacked by Hoops supporters outside a house in Pearse Park.

Paul was with his wife Dara at the wake of her grandmother Maura Coleman (77), when he says he was struck in the face with a beer can.

The 37-year-old suffered a broken nose, a fractured eye socket and had to receive six stitches in his face following the attack.

Paul was with the deceased’s son Eddie Coleman at the time when a group of more than 70 Rovers fans walked past the house en route to Oriel Park.

Video footage shows them walking from Clanbrassil Street towards the Carrick Road chanting the likes of ‘Shamrock Rovers, we’ll do what we want” and “We hate Dundalk.” The same video expires just minutes before the brutal attack while fans were congregated on Mulholland Avenue outside the Magnet.

Paul told The Irish Daily Mirror that “what happened was disgraceful and unreal. The can was smashed into my face without any warning and it was completely unprovoked.”
Mrs Coleman’s Funeral Mass and burial occurred yesterday.

Bar One have first goalscorer special for Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final

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Local bookmakers Bar One Racing have a special offer running for this Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final between Dundalk FC and Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park.

If you bet on the first goalscorer, the bookmaker – which has offices on the Ramparts, Park Street and Bridge Street – will automatically double your odds should he score again with the 90 minutes.

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 5.45pm and is also live on Setanta Sports. Graham Kelly will referee the match.

WallBuddy selling large Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

An example of the Dundalk FC crest

Ravensdale-based company wallbuddy.ie have a large scale Dundalk FC crest for sale.

The crest, which is made using PhotoTex the best wall graphic material in the world, is fully licensed by the club and is 96cm x 96cm in dimension.

The crest would be perfect for any home, office or pub looking to support the club as they aim for EA Sports Cup glory this Saturday and the league title next month. You can view and purchase it here.

WallBuddy is run by Rory Callan, with the company selling premium quality wall graphics through their website. They are perfect for decorating rooms, offices, clubrooms or gyms.

WallBuddys can be stuck on, removed and hung again over 100 times without marking the wall or leaving any residue behind so they are totally safe for your walls!

For further details log on to www.wallbuddy.ie or call 085 8723684.

Rovers end Dundalk’s treble hopes

DundalkCrest2010Substitute Karl Sheppard hit a late double as Shamrock Rovers came from behind to see off league leaders Dundalk 2-1 in last night’s FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay at Oriel Park.

The home side’s treble dream looked very much on when leading scorer Patrick Hoban fired them in front five minutes before half-time.

However, Sheppard’s goals in the 81st and 87th minutes rocked Oriel Park.

Just as in the first game, which finished 0-0 in Tallaght last Friday, Dundalk were left to rue a series of misses when they were on top with Barry Murphy excelling for Pat Fenlon’s side in goal.

Hoban deservedly headed them in front in the 40th minute when he headed home from Darren Meenan’s delivery.

Murphy was superb though to twice deny Hoban on the restart before doing likewise from Andy Boyle.

Having weathered the storm, Rovers began to pile on the pressure and it finally told as they grabbed an equaliser nine minutes from time when Sheppard raced onto Sean O’Connor’s pass to slot past Peter Cherrie.

The real drama was yet to come, however, as three minutes from time Sheppard broke clear on the right to fire his side into the last four.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Gannon, Rossiter (Higgins 88), Boyle, Massey; Meenan (McMillan 88), Shields, Towell, Horgan; Byrne (Mountney 68), Hoban. Subs not used: Ward, Griffin, Kaguako, Sava.

Shamrock Rovers: Murphy; Madden, Kenna, McGuinness, Byrne; Brennan (Waters 53), Robinson (McPhail 62), Cregg, Finn, O’Connor; Kelly (Sheppard 77). Subs not used: Cornwall, Bayly, McCabe, Hyland.

Referee: D McKeon (Dublin).

Dundalk and Rovers must meet again after Tallaght stalemate

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers must meet again on Monday night to determine which of the two sides will advance to the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup after playing out a goalless stalemate in Tallaght Stadium last night.

In a game of few chances, Pat Fenlon’s side thought they had opened the scoring midway through the first half when Karl Sheppard headed home only to see his effort chalked off for offside.

Richie Towell had Dundalk’s best opening of the half soon after when he latched onto a Sean Gannon pass only to be denied by Barry Murphy.

The best opening of the second half also fell the Lilywhites’ way when substitute Kurtis Byrne was slipped through by David McMillan only to curl his effort just wide.

A deep free kick from Daryl Horgan then had to be finger-tipped over by Murphy right at the end as a replay was required.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, Jason McGuinness, Luke Byrne; Shane Robinson, Patrick Cregg, Ronan Finn; Kieran Marty Waters (Ciaran Kilduff, 88), Karl Sheppard (Dean Kelly, 66), Gary McCabe (Ryan Brennan, 74).

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland, Dane Massey; Richie Towell, Donal McDermott (Kurtis Byrne, 54), Chris Shields; Darren Meenan(John Mountney, 83), David McMillian (Patrick Hoban, 74), Daryl Horgan.

Referee: Padraigh Sutton

Dundalk FC to ban supporters who have cost the club financially

One of the club's anti-flare posters

One of the club’s anti-flare posters

Dundalk FC are set to issue lifetime bans to a number of individuals who have been identified as being involved in a “number of incidents” in recent weeks.

The lighting of a flare at the end of the defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park last Friday has cost the club an additional €500. The latest figure brings to over €5,000 the amount the Oriel Park outfit have been fined this season domestically, while it also comes hot on the heels of an €18,000 fine from UEFA for supporters standing and waving Palestinian flags during the Europa League game at home to Hajduk Split in July. The club insist they are weighing up their options at present before deciding whether or not to appeal that penalty.

In a statement on the matter, the club said: “Dundalk FC received confirmation that we have been fined a further €500 for the use of a flare at the St Patrick’s Athletic match. The culprits have been identified and bans are being issued. We would like to send our appreciation to those Dundalk supporters who have helped us with this issue.

“We would also like to point out that this fine would be much worse if it wasn’t for Dundalk FC’s Anti-Flare campaign and the co-operation of the vast majority of Dundalk supporters.

“Dundalk FC were also recently fined for the behaviour of three supporters at the Sligo Rovers match. This issue is still under investigation.

“The club are also in the process of banning two more supporters who were on final warnings regarding their behaviour at the club.

“Total fines this season are now approximately €5000. Everybody agrees, apart from a minority of individuals who have done their best to undermine our efforts this season, this is unacceptable.

“We would like to thank Dundalk supporters for their support on this issue.

“With regard to the well-publicised UEFA fine, Dundalk FC has received further information from UEFA that simply re-affirms what we already knew. There was no breakdown of the fine between the two charges. We are currently receiving legal advice on a potential appeal,” said the statement.

Stephanie releases video for ‘Hard Living’

London-based singer Stephanie McCourt, whose dad hails from Dundalk, has recently released her debut video ‘Hard Living’.

Stephanie, who is signed to the Unstoppable Music Group, is the daughter of Christopher McCourt who moved to London in the 1980s but who still regularly returns home to Dundalk.

The McCourt family are well known in the town, with Stephanie’s grandfather Jim a lifelong Dundalk FC supporter, who is a popular figure in the area along with his wife Audrey (née Hande, originally from Cluan Enda).

Like her family, Stephanie has had a love of music from an early age and has quickly made her name as a talented soul singer with influences such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Adele, to name but a few.

Stephanie’s mum is from Zambia and she credits her Zambian and Irish roots to a diverse taste in music.

She insists though that it is form her dad that she inherited her melodic voice.

“A lot of people say I inherited my voice from my Dad. He is really into music. He’s a massive Elvis Presley fan and I remember having to go with him and my sister to these little obscure record shops to hunt for Elvis records.

“He comes to all of my gigs and hassles me everyday about what I’m doing with my music. I’m really close to my dad we are like best friends… I’m that way with my mum too, she like a best friend as well.”

A graduate of Brighton Institute of Modern Music, Stephanie has been busy writing and recording in recent years and is hopeful of making a breakthrough with her debut EP.

You can listen to some of Stephanie’s tracks via her website at www.mccourtofficial.com