Dundalk FC to host race night next month

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Dundalk FC will hold a race night in Dundalk Stadium on Saturday May 16th.

Hospitality packages, which include a four course meal, are available for €50, with general admission, including finger food, costing €20.

The first race gets underway at 7.50pm, with live music afterwards.

For sponsorship opportunities email stephen.neary@dundalkfc.com or call 087 7460263.

RTÉ to broadcast Dundalk’s trip to face Cork City on Friday week

DundalkCrest2010RTÉ have confirmed they will be showing the clash between Cork City and Dundalk on Friday April 24th live from Turner’s Cross on RTÉ Two.

The match will now kick-off at 7.35pm to accommodate the TV schedule, with coverage commencing at 7.30pm.

Last season, Dundalk won 2-1 at Turner’s Cross en route to the title, with Stephen Kenny’s side beating the Rebels three times – including 2-0 on the final day at Oriel Park – to clinch the Premier Division crown by a point.

Documentary on one-armed former Dundalk striker Hasty now available via podcast

Hasty scoring one of his 103 goals for Dundalk

Hasty scoring one of his 103 goals for Dundalk

A radio documentary on former Dundalk FC striker Jimmy Hasty aired on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday, with those who missed it able to listen back to the podcast here.

‘A Diamond in the Rough’ tells the story of the one-armed striker, who was shot dead in Belfast in October 1974.

Hasty had signed with the Lilywhites in November 1960, helping the club to their first league title in 31 years in the 1962-63 season when he scored 19 goals. The following season he would score 35 goals, two of which came in the European Cup game against FC Zurich when Dundalk became the first Irish club team to win an away European tie.

In the 170 games he played with Dundalk, Jimmy scored 103 goals, a remarkable record. He left Dundalk in 1966.

Tragically in 1974 he became the innocent victim of the sectarian troubles when, at the age of 35, he was murdered as he walked to work on the streets of Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries in a tit for tat killing.

The documentary features input from Jimmy’s family, as well as many people associated with Dundalk FC both past and present.

Late Towell strike decides Louth derby in Dundalk’s favour

DundalkCrest2010A Richie Towell strike three minutes from time proved the difference as Dundalk seen off neighbours Drogheda Utd 1-0 at Oriel Park last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side looked like they would be in for a night of frustration in what was the 157th Louth derby until Towell rifled home from six yards out in the 87th minute following a cross from the left by Dane Massey.

Towell, Daryl Horgan and Stephen O’Donnell had all earlier gone close to breaking the deadlock, with a very defensive minded Drogheda looking like they would hang on for a point.

However, the late winner means Dundalk are now three points clear of nearest challengers Bohemians, with a trip to Tallaght Stadium to face Shamrock Rovers next on the agenda on Friday night.

Jimmy Hasty documentary to air on BBC Radio Ulster this Sunday

Hasty scoring one of his 103 goals for Dundalk

Hasty (number 9) scoring one of his 103 goals for Dundalk

A radio documentary on former Dundalk FC striker Jimmy Hasty will air this Sunday at 12.30pm on BBC Radio Ulster.

‘A Diamond in the Rough’ tells the story of the one-armed striker, who was shot dead in Belfast in October 1974.

Hasty had signed with the Lilywhites in November 1960, helping the club to their first league title in 31 years in the 1962-63 season when he scored 19 goals. The following season he would score 35 goals, two of which came in the European Cup game against FC Zurich when Dundalk became the first Irish club team to win an away European tie.

In the 170 games he played with Dundalk, Jimmy scored 103 goals, a remarkable record. He left Dundalk in 1966.

Tragically in 1974 he became the innocent victim of the sectarian troubles when, at the age of 35, he was murdered as he walked to work on the streets of Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries in a tit for tat killing.

Sunday’s documentary features input from Jimmy’s family, as well as many people associated with Dundalk FC both past and present.

Dundalk’s David McMillan named Player of the Month for March

David McMillan SWAI Player of the Month for March

Dundalk striker David McMillan has been named the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for March.

The 25-year-old overcame doubts over whether he could fill the void left by Pat Hoban’s departure by scoring four goals throughout the month to send the Lilywhites soaring to the top of the table. This is the second time McMillan has won the monthly prize, having previously scooped it in May 2010 when he played with UCD.

McMillan seen off competition from his colleagues Daryl Horgan and Gary Rogers for the award, with the pair finishing second and third respectively. Also nominated were Cork City pair Alan Bennett and Mark McNulty, Shamrock Rovers’ Keith Fahey and Adam Evans of Bohemians.

Mountney goal sees Dundalk advance in EA Sports Cup

DundalkCrest2010Holders Dundalk booked their place in the last eight of the EA Sports Cup with a 1-0 victory over Shelbourne in Oriel Park last night.

John Mountney scored the game’s only goal in the 12th minute with a low drive to the bottom left hand corner.

Stephen Kenny’s side, showing 11 changes from the weekend’s draw with Limerick FC, bossed the game after that but couldn’t add to their early advantage.

It still proved enough to see out the game though, with club captain Stephen O’Donnell coming through the full 90 minutes unscatched on his return from injury.

O’Conor goal ends Dundalk’s winning run

DundalkCrest2010A late Paul O’Conor goal earned Limerick a 1-1 draw with Dundalk in Jackman Park on Saturday, bringing to an end the Lilywhites’ 100% start to the season.

A Richie Towell strike before the break looked like it would give a sixth straight win to Stephen Kenny’s side but O’Conor managed to beat Gary Rogers for the first time in the league this season when he flicked a long throw to the net in the 89th minute.

The result means the Lilywhites still lead the Premier Division table but only by two points from Cork City and Shamrock Rovers.

Dundalk host Shelbourne in the EA Sports Cup on Tuesday before neighbours Drogheda Utd visit Oriel Park on Friday night.

Dundalk could bag over €1m from Champions League

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC will collect almost €1.2m in prize money if they win their Champions League second round qualifier in July.

That is after UEFA confirmed earlier this week a huge increase in rewards for competitors from smaller leagues.

The Oriel Park outfit are already guaranteed €550,000 even if they exit the competition at the first hurdle. That would be an increase of €175,000 on the amount St Patrick’s Athletic earned last year.

The new amount is comprised of a €300,000 fee for teams who depart at the first stage of the competition and a €250,000 solidarity payment which goes to all league champions that fail to advance to the Champions League group stages.

That makes the European competition five and a half times more valuable than the €100,000 that the SSE Airtricity League is worth.

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.