Dundalk complete Finn signing

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC have announced the signing of Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers.

The midfielder, a former Irish U-21 cap, is the latest addition to Stephen Kenny’s squad ahead of the new season.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after signing for the club, Finn was pleased to finally get the deal done and pointed to his relationship with Kenny as a key factor in his move.

“I’m very happy to get it done finally. It was never in doubt really. It was going to happen but with holidays and work it just didn’t. It’s great to get it done and before Christmas as well is a plus. I can’t wait to get started and I am really happy to be at Dundalk.

“Stephen was the main reason I wanted to come here. I have a great relationship with him. I played really well for him before and I just want to get back to that again. He’s a really good person and he’s a great manager. It’s all positive and I am very excited about the year ahead now. Signing for the best club in the country is great and it’s a very exciting time for the fans and the town so hopefully we can push on and do well next year.”

Keep track of Dundalk FC’s 2015 fixtures with Talk of the Town

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2015 might be a few weeks away yet but the release of next year’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures yesterday has really whet the appetite of Dundalk fans for their league title defence.

Stephen Kenny’s side will be back in league action on Friday March 6th when they welcome First Division champs Longford Town to Oriel Park.

Over the course of the season there will be some mouthwatering fixtures both at home and away and a few fans have already began planning for them.

With that in mind, Talk of the Town has put together a handy graphic that can be saved on your computer or printed off to keep track of when all the big games are. Just click on the link below for the full-sized version.

On the other hand if you’d prefer to have the fixtures a bit bigger in A3 size why not pop into Devenney’s in Crowe Street where they will print your fixtures on an attractive glossy card for just €1.70. Just mention Talk of the Town and they will look after the rest.

To download and print yourself just click here Dundalk Fixtures (PDF File)

Old boys up first for Kenny as Dundalk face Longford in season opener

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk will be at home to Longford Town when they kick off their league title defence on March 6th.

The newly promoted side will prove a stern test as Stephen Kenny goes head to head with the club who gave him his start as a manager when he was just 27.

The first trip of the season is to face another of Kenny’s former sides, Derry City, a week later before 2013 champs St Patrick’s Athletic come to Oriel after that.

The full list of fixtures can be found here.

Dundalk to take on Everton in the New Year

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC will take on Everton as part of their pre-season preparations in the New Year, according to this week’s Argus.

The fixture with the Merseyside club was secured as part of the deal that took Ben McLaughlin to Goodison Park back in August 2012 with a fixture set to be finalised for either late January or early February in the coming weeks.

Stephen Kenny revealed to ‘The Argus’ on Tuesday that the 17 players signed up for next season had already been in to DCU for individual fitness assessments and to receive training and diet tips ahead of the return to pre-season training in mid-January.

He also said he hoped to finalise the pre-season fixture schedule shortly.

“I had a chat with the chairman and there is a deal with Everton for a game as part of the Ben McLaughlin deal and that will be an ideal one for us.

“We will also have the Jim Malone Cup and the President’s Cup and apart from that I’d say we are likely to play a few First Division and Irish League sides. We’ve discussed the possibility of a training camp too but nothing has been finalised.

“We want to be well prepared for the new season and to make sure we’re absolutely ready to go right from the off. Everyone is really hungry though and they have already been in to DCU to get their individual programmes which will make sure everyone comes back right next month,” said Kenny.

Dundalk quartet shortlisted for awards as Crawley is named Press Officer of the Year

soccer-writers-association-web-logoDundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny and players Richie Towell and Pat Hoban have all been shortlisted for the 2014 SSE Airtricity / Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland’s Personality of the Year award.

The prestigious awards will be presented at the SSE Airtricity / SWAI Annual Banquet in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel on Friday January 9th 2015 with the trio up against St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley (last year’s winner), Cork City boss John Caulfield and Pat’s striker Christy Fagan.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Peter Cherrie – who has since departed Oriel Park – has been shortlisted once again for the Goalkeeper of the Year award. He will be up against last year’s winner, Brendan Clarke of St Pat’s, and Cork City’s Mark McNulty.

The last Dundalk player or manager to win the Personality of the Year award was Peter Hanrahan in 1991 while no Lilywhites goalkeeper has ever won the Goalkeeper of the Year prize.

Dundalk have already scooped one award though with the club’s Media Officer Darren Crawley being named in the SSE Airtricity / SWAI Press Officer of the Year last night.

Dundalk boss Kenny shortlisted for RTÉ Sport’s Manager of the Year award

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Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been shortlisted for the RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year award.

The 43-year-old was nominated after guiding the Lilywhites to a league and EA Sports Cup double last season. His nomination comes after Dundalk FC were shortlisted for the Team of the Year award last week.

The winners will be revealed at the RTÉ Sport Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, on Sunday, 21 December at 9.30pm.

Also nominated for the Manager of the Year award are Brian Cody, Jim Culloty, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Paul McGinley, Aidan O’Brien, Joe Schmidt, Eamonn Ryan, Shane McGuigan and Pete Taylor.

Dundalk FC nominated for RTÉ’s Irish Sports Team of the Year

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Dundalk FC have been nominated for RTÉ’s Irish Sports Team of the Year awards.

The SSE Airtricity League champions will be up against the Irish men’s rugby team, the Cork ladies football team, the Cork camogie team, the Kerry football team and the Kilkenny hurling team for the prestigious award.

The award will be presented live on RTÉ One on Sunday December 21st and will be decided by a public vote on the night.

Nominees for the Sports Person of the Year and Manager of the Year award will be announced this weekend.

Mountney to remain at Dundalk next season

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC have announced that John Mountney has signed a deal to remain with the club next season.

This will be the Mayo native’s fourth season at Oriel Park having joined from Mervue United at the start of 2012.

Only 22, the midfielder played a key role in the success of 2014 where he picked up a league winner’s medal, EA Sports Cup and scored five goals in over 40 appearances, which included displays in the League Cup and the memorable European run where he featured in 3 of the 4 matches including a start in the win against Hajduk Split in Croatia.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after re-signing Mountney said he was happy to re-sign for the club before going on to speak about his ambitions for the new season.

“It’s great to be back. Going into my fourth year here now and I was really young when I first signed. Hard to believe it has been that long but I remember when I signed I said to a fan that I didn’t see the point in following the usual league thing and move from club to club and that I would like to stay here for as long as I could so I am delighted to be still here.

“European football is great. It was a brilliant experience last year and getting to play in 3 of the 4 games was fantastic but we have the big one this year so hopefully we can do well in the Champions League. The main focus is the league and we’re the target now – we’re there to be shot at so we have to be ready to defend and I am really looking forward to it now.”

Dundalk complete signing of Jake Kelly from Bray

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Jake Kelly

Dundalk FC have announced the capture of former Bray Wanderers player Jake Kelly.

The 24-year-old becomes Stephen Kenny’s fourth new signing of the close season following the captures of Gary Rogers from Sligo Rovers, Paddy Barrett from Galway FC and Shane Grimes from Drogheda Utd.

The winger began his career at the Seagulls back in August 2008 and scored his first goal for the club in the FAI Cup against Dundalk in a 3-1 win at Oriel Park.

He became a crucial member of the Bray squad as they battled relegation but departed the Carlisle Grounds ahead of the 2012 season where he moved on to St. Patrick’s Athletic. At Inchicore he helped the side to the FAI Cup final in his first year and played a part in the title winning squad of 2013 as they pipped the Lilywhites to the crown. He returned to County Wicklow for one more season and was vital as they staved off the drop earlier this year.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after signing on at the club, the 24 year-old was thrilled at joining the champions and is looking forward to plying his trade in County Louth next season.

“I am absolutely delighted to have signed. It’s great to have it sorted. Stephen sold the club to me when I met him a few weeks ago and I am really excited to be part of it. They’re the champions and I was in talks with a few other clubs but I really wanted to come here after talking to Stephen and I’m glad to have it all done.

“They played the best football in the league last year and they were worthy champions. They were great to watch last year and that was a big factor in my decision to come here. The style of play is something that I want to be part of and I really can’t wait to get going now. I know everyone says that but I really can’t wait for pre-season to start and get into it.”

Dundalk FC season tickets to go on sale this Friday

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC season tickets will go on sale this Friday with the club keeping the rates at the same price as last season.

Season Ticket prices in 2015 will offer major savings compared to paying into games on a match by match basis. The purchase of a season ticket will represent the equivalent of at least six matches free over the course of the season.

The tickets can be purchased from either Oriel Park or from the Dundalk FC stand in the Marshes Shopping Centre. The club have also announced that their new black away kit will also be on sale from the Marshes from 10am on Thursday.

An installment plan is also available where you can put a down payment on your season ticket in the Marshes Shopping Centre and pay off the cost before the start of the season.

This year’s season tickets have in-built information that identify each season ticket holder and must be scanned in on match-night.

The cost of tickets are as follows:

Allocated Stand Price
Adult €250 (Saving of at least €110)
OAP/Full-Time Third Level Student €200 (Saving of at least €96)
General Stand Admission Price
Adult €200 (Saving of at least €120)
OAP/Full-Time Third Level Student €160 (Saving of at least €80)
Secondary School Students (Age 13-17) Price
Ground €75 (Saving of at least €85)
Stand €125 (Saving of at least €115)
Primary School Students (12 and Under) Price
Ground Free to members of the Junior Supporters Club
Stand €50

One player who will not be at Oriel Park next season is Muirhevnamor man Marc Griffin, who has signed for Bohemians.