O’Donnell 1 Trolls 0 – Dundalk captain has last laugh

The Twitter exchange today

The Twitter exchange today

Stephen O’Donnell’s return from injury to score the goal that set Dundalk on their way to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title on Friday night has already secured the midfielder legendary status at Oriel Park.

However, he has certainly gone up in the estimations of all of us here at Talk of the Town today after hitting back at two St Patrick’s Athletic supporters who celebrated his potentially career-threatening knee injury, which he sustained against Shamrock Rovers on Good Friday.

At the time Anto Hayes and Aaron Alford took delight in O’Donnell’s misery. The former described the Galway man as a “dirtbird” while his friend added that it “couldn’t of happened to a nicer bloke’.

O’Donnell would ultimately have the last laugh though.

He took to Twitter today saying: “And now for a tweet that I have been waiting to send since the final whistle last Friday night.”

He then messaged Anto and Aaron directly, saying: “thank you to these gents for the motivation of getting back before the season finished. Much appreciated!!!”

It’s fair to say it’s O’Donnell 1 Trolls 0

The Dundalk captain is a winner on and off the field.

Five Dundalk players sign up for title defence in 2015

DUNDALK2014Just days after winning the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title, Dundalk FC have secured the signatures of five players for the 2016 campaign.

Darren Meenan, Chris Shields, Dane Massey, David McMillan and Andy Boyle have all committed themselves to Oriel Park for next season and fans will undoubtedly be delighted to see them back.

Boyle captained the side for much of the season in the absence of Stephen O’Donnell and helped the club to the best defensive record in the league.

Holding midfielder Shields and left back Massey also contributed to that stat, with the latter picking up the SWAI’s Player of the Month award for September after grabbing a brace in the club’s EA Sports Cup triumph over Shamrock Rovers last month.

Despite long spells on the bench last season, McMillan – who ended the campaign on the sidelines with an ankle injury – hit a hugely impressive 15 goals in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Meenan was arguably one of Dundalk’s finest players in the run-in, contributing 32 assists in what was a brilliant campaign.

Dundalk will hold a victory parade this Saturday through Dundalk, starting at approximately 3.30pm from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The club will then host their Player of the Year awards that night in the Lisdoo, starting at 8pm.

Dundalk FC victory parade and awards night this Saturday

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Dundalk FC’s title-winning team will hold a victory parade through the town this Saturday afternoon.

The parade will get underway from the Crowne Plaza Hotel at approximately 3.30pm and travel towards Hill Street Bridge before going through the town on the way to the Market Square.

Later that night the club will host the 2014 Player of the Year Awards in The Lisdoo, starting at 8pm.

Tickets for this event go on sale today from Oriel Park and cost €15 each.

There will be music, a buffet and the presentation of the awards on the night.

Dundalk midfielder Towell training with Cardiff City

Richie Towell with his Player of the Month award, which he picked up in July

Richie Towell with his Player of the Month award, which he picked up in July

Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell could be set for a move to Cardiff City just days after helping the Lilywhites to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title.

According to reports in Wales, the 23-year-old is training with the Bluebirds with a view to signing for Russell Slade’s side.

It is believed the midfielder, who joined Dundalk after a spell in Scotland in December 2012, will play in a friendly match against Chelsea this Thursday.

“Richie is an attacking midfielder, a very athletic and fit lad. We’ve had him training and he’s found it pretty intense, to be honest,” said Slade.

“He’s got an eye for goal. I think he was in double figures from midfield for Dundalk as they won the title, so we are really looking forward to working with him.

“Premier League sides and other Championship sides have been monitoring him, but we’ve decided to dive in and he will play for us in a game with Chelsea.”

Towell’s contract with Dundalk is believed to be up at the end of this month and he will become a free agent, so the Bluebirds would be able to sign him should they want, despite the transfer window in England not currently being open.

Win one of five Dundalk FC wall crests, courtesy of WallBuddy

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The Dundalk FC wall crest that you could win, courtesy of WallBuddy

The celebrations of Dundalk’s Premier Division title success are still ongoing throughout the town following Friday night’s victory over Cork.

To mark the occasion, Ravensdale company WallBuddy have added a new mini Dundalk FC Crest to their range. Discounted to €9.99 with FREE shipping to anywhere in Ireland this week. It’s a perfect gift for any Dundalk fan young or old.

Check out the crest here.

Talk of the Town have teamed up with WallBuddy to give away five of the crests HERE today.

To enter simply answer the following question correctly: Who scored Dundalk’s first goal on Friday night against Cork City?

To enter visit WallBuddy’s website here, get the competition code and post your answer along with the code on our Facebook page.

The five winners will be picked out on Tuesday morning.

Dundalk v Cork match to be screened live on big screen at Market Square tonight

Cllr Jennifer Green

Cllr Jennifer Green

Sinn Féin Councillor Jennifer Green has delighted Dundalk FC fans who were left disappointed when they failed to get a ticket for tonight’s Dundalk v Cork City title decider match.

Hundreds of supporters had queued outside Oriel Park on Wednesday morning hoping to get tickets but many were left disappointed when they sold out very quickly.

Jennifer said “My husband and I were hoping to take our boys to the match but weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets so I thought, wouldn’t it be great if it could be shown at the Town Square? I imagined there were other families in a similar position to us so I set about trying to make it happen.”

“What we want to do is to recreate the atmosphere at Oriel Park, which will be electric tonight. We want everyone in Dundalk to witness and share in, hopefully the success, of our football team. Come to the Market Square this evening. C’mon the Town!”

Councillor Green continued “This is a big event for Dundalk and we are all part of it. Let’s join together and celebrate. Bring your families and watch Dundalk FC make history tonight.”

Cllr Green concluded by saying: “I want to thank everyone who helped me make this a reality. RTÉ, Airtricity, Dundalk Tourist Board, the Screen Operator and even the people in Norway who operate the stream.”

She laughed as she said: “After all this, Dundalk FC better win tonight.”

Today is the day

The view from the temporary stand erected behind the Carrick Road end goals at Oriel Park

The view from the temporary stand erected behind the Carrick Road end goals at Oriel Park

The day is finally here. After what must have felt like one of the longest weeks of the year, it’s finally game night.

The destination of the 2014 SSE Airtricity Premier Division title will be decided at Oriel Park tonight as Dundalk and Cork City go head to head.

Stephen Kenny’s side need to win the sold-out affair to ensure a first league success since 1995, while the visitors need just a share of the spoils to clinch glory.

It promises to be a memorable affair no matter what the outcome.

Before the game, Dundalk have issued some vital match information. Please read it below.

  • The match is sold out. There are absolutely no tickets left for this match.
  • The match is live on RTE2 and will also be shown on the big screen in Dundalk Town Square.
  • You will not gain access to the area surrounding Oriel Park unless you have a match ticket.
  • Oriel Park will be locked down from very early in the afternoon. Apart from people working at the match, nobody will gain access to the area surrounding Oriel Park from that point without a match ticket.
  • This match will have upwards of 5,000 people in attendance. We are asking all supporters to please co-operate with all security personnel at the match. They are there to ensure that everybody can enjoy the game safely.
  • We are requesting that all supporters make a major effort to be in your seat one hour before the 7.45 kick-off.
  • Not only will this help create the type of atmosphere we desire before the match, but also will significantly reduce delays for supporters entering the match.
  • The Lilywhite Lounge will be opened from 6PM for pre-match refreshments. A Match/Season ticket will be needed for entry into the clubs bar.

Entry Points

  • All Dundalk fans enter via the normal entrance beside the garage.
  • All Cork fans enter via the away supporter lane way on the Carrick Road side of the ground
  • Message For Supporters who wish to watch the match from the Shed.
    • If you want to watch the match from the shed we are advising that you, in particular, should be as early as possible before the match.
    • Restrictions exist for the capacity for each part of the stadium, and it is likely that the Shed will fill up first. So, again, be there one hour before the match.

    For Supporters who purchased tickets for the Hiney Park Temporary Stand

    • Dundalk FC went to great expense to install a temporary stand in order to accommodate an extra 900 supporters.
    • We are asking people who purchased tickets for this stand to not attempt to go to other areas of the ground.
    • Stewards will be checking tickets in the ground and ticket holders will not be able to base themselves in the Shed.
    • This stand probably offers the best seats and views in the stadium! So please again arrive in good time to take your seat.
    • Supporters with tickets for this stand enter via the normal turnstiles for home supporters and must walk around past the Shed – Security will assist you in this regard.

    Are you a Cork fan with a ticket to the Dundalk end?

    • As this is a Category A match strict segregation is in place.
    • Regardless of how you got your ticket, you will not gain entrance to the Dundalk section of the ground if you are a Cork supporter. Please go to the away section with other Cork fans for admission to the match.
    • Any Cork supporters that manage to get into the Dundalk section of the crowd will be escorted to the away supporter area.

    Are you an adult or a teenage Dundalk fan who has a juvenile ticket?

    • You will not gain admission to the match if you have the wrong category of ticket.
    • However, there will be a hatch that will allow you to pay the difference and enter into the match. Juvenile tickets are STRICTLY for children of 12 years and under.

    Message for Cork Fans

    • All Cork City supporters, for both ground and stand, enter via the Carrick Road side entrance (see map above).
    • Stand Ticket holders gain access to the stand via the entrance by the away supporter terrace. Security personnel will assist you in this regard. You will need your stand ticket to enter the stand.
    • Toilet facilities for Cork fans will be located beside the away terrace and near the stand entrance. Cork fans in the stand can avail of the facilities at in the terrace area and must show their stand ticket to gain re-admission to the stand.
    • The weather forecast appears to be good tomorrow. However, Oriel Park is an old stadium and does not offer covered terraces for away fans. Please bring a raincoat!

    No Flares!

    • There is going to be an incredible atmosphere at this match and there absolutely no need for any pyros. There has been a major improvement with the use of flares but since we are close to Halloween we feel we need to repeat that want all fans to be able to watch this match safely and under no circumstances should any flares or pyros be used.

Dundalk-Cork City build-up continues

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There’s just one more sleep to go (unless you take regular naps daily) until tomorrow night’s crunch title decider between Dundalk and Cork City in Oriel Park.

Naturally enough, the game is getting plenty of publicity with TheScore.ie putting together this excellent (and rather humourous) 17-step guide to prove whether or not you’re a hardcore Dundalk fan.

The RTÉ cameras were also in town yesterday to gauge the build-up to the big game and you can view the report here.

Meanwhile, LMFM have also caught up with the legendary Tom McNulty, who scored the winner in Turner’s Cross in 1991 when Dundalk needed a victory to pip Cork City to the title. You can listen to it here.

Finally, the Irish Examiner has an interview with Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond about just how far the club have come in the last two years. Check it out here.

UPDATE: Cork City have also held their pre-match press conference with reporters speaking to manager John Caulfield and players John O’Flynn, John Dunleavy and Liam Kearney. You can view it below:

Maxi confident of Dundalk success on Friday

Maxi with his new tattoo

Maxi with his new tattoo

As the build-up continues to Friday night’s title decider between Dundalk and Cork City at Oriel Park, it would be understandable if fans from both sides were getting a little nervous.

One local fan, Mark ‘Maxi’ McAllister, has little doubt that Stephen Kenny’s side will finish the job by beating the Rebels though after getting ‘League Champions 2014’ tattooed onto his arm.

Maxi posted the picture on his Facebook page yesterday after getting it done by Fergus Cullen of Cuchulainn Tattoos and vowed to get the words ‘Cork City’ added to the tattoo if his side fail to win on Friday.

“Dundalk can’t lose or draw on Friday, we all believe that here,” Fergus told The Irish Examiner.

“I approached him on the street this morning and said I’d do it free of charge and he said,   ‘come on let’s do it’. It was done in 12 minutes,” he added.

The new tattoo is below an existing one of the club’s crest and a remembrance of Lilywhites legend Tommy McConville.

Maxi will no doubt be hoping McConville will act as a guardian angel for the side on Friday, with the one year anniversary of his passing the next day.

A video of the procedure can be seen here.