RTÉ to broadcast Dundalk’s FAI Cup clash away to Shamrock Rovers

DundalkCrest2010RTÉ have confirmed that they will broadcast the FAI cup quarter final tie between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk FC in Tallaght Stadium on Friday September 12th.

The live programme, which will be broadcast on RTÉ Two, will commence at 7pm, with the game now kicking off at the earlier than normal time of 7.05pm.

Dundalk will also be live on RTÉ this Friday night when they travel to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic. That game will also have a 7.05pm kick-off.

Former Dundalk chairman Des Denning passes away

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk's success in 2002

Des Denning lifts the FAI Cup following Dundalk’s success in 2002

The sudden death has occurred of former Dundalk FC chairman Des Denning.

A native of Cavan, Denning was also known for his insurance business Denning Insurances, which was based in Market Street for a number of years before relocating to Bridge Street.

From the Castle Road in Dundalk, Des passed away suddenly last night.

Des Denning in more recent times with Irish soccer legend John Aldridge

Des Denning in more recent times with Irish soccer legend John Aldridge

He will be best remembered for his contribution to Dundalk FC, where he was chairman for a number of years, including during the club’s run to the 2002 FAI Cup final.

Having stepped aside from that role in May 2004 following the resignation of Trevor Anderson as manager, he later returned to the board of the club before stepping down in 2010.

Throughout the years he remained active in a number of fundraising roles, however, and was a close friend of the late Tommy McConville, who passed away last October.

Well known in Irish soccer circles, Des was also an avid Liverpool FC supporter and a keen pool player.

Sympathy is extended to his wide circle of family and friends, especially partner Regina O’Hare who is also well known at Oriel Park for heading up the security detail at the club.

Apart from Regina, Des is survived by his sister May, brothers Michael, Sean and Brendan and sisters-in-law Kathleen and Ann. Also Carmel, Seamus, Miriam and the extended O’Hare family, as well as nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends.

He will be reposing at his residence on the Castle Road from 8pm until 10pm on Wednesday evening and from 2pm until 9pm Thursday. Removal on Friday morning at 10.30am, proceeding on foot to St Patrick’s Cathedral, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11am. Removal afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium, arriving for 2.30pm.

May he Rest In Peace.

Towell in line to feature on FIFA 15 cover

Last year’s FIFA cover featured Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban and Limerick’s Shane Tracy.

Last year’s FIFA cover featured Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban and Limerick’s Shane Tracy. Richie Towell is hoping to secure the votes to appear on this year’s cover

Dundalk FC’s Richie Towell is in the running to appear on the front cover of the EA Sports’ FIFA 15 game.

The midfielder is up against players from the 11 other Premier Division clubs, with two slots up for grabs. The winners – who will join Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on the cover – will be announced on Wednesday 24th of September.

Towell has been a revelation for the Lilywhites since he arrived into the League of Ireland and has scored 13 goals so far this season as Stephen Kenny’s side sit at the top of the League table.

To vote, click here and find Richie on the list, select him, then click ‘VOTE’ at the bottom of the page.

Last year’s cover featured Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban and Limerick’s Shane Tracy.

Source: Dundalkfc.com

Dundalk’s clash with Derry City is rescheduled

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC’s clash with Derry City, which had been due to go ahead on Friday September 19th, will now take place on Monday September 8th at Oriel Park.

The game has been rescheduled due to the Lilywhites’ EA Sports Cup final appearance against Shamrock Rovers at Oriel on Saturday September 20th.

Three days prior to the Derry game, Stephen Kenny’s side will travel to Richmond Park to face reigning champions St Patrick’s Athletic, a game which will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two with a 7.05pm kick-off time.

This Friday Dundalk host Bohemians at Oriel Park. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Kearney and Kenny complete ice bucket challenges

Following on from his brother Rob’s ice bucket challenge last week, Dave Kearney stepped up to the plate over the weekend with his own comical version of the latest craze to sweep the internet.

In the clip, the Leinster and Ireland winger pretends to chicken out of the challenge before getting absolutely drenched by a digger.

Meanwhile, Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny also got in on the act yesterday after being drenched by first team players John Mountney, Simon Kelly, Brian Gartland, Pat Hoban and coach Graham Byrne – who he nominated. Check out the clip here.

Dundalk FC issue updated statement on UEFA fine

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC have issued an updated statement on the €18,000 fine imposed on them by UEFA for the flying of a Palestinian flag in last month’s Europa League clash with Hajduk Split in Oriel Park.

The statement asks fans the opportunity to allow them to deal with the matter. It follows a statement from the Shed Side Army yesterday, who claimed they were set to challenge the fine.

The statement read:

Dundalk Football Club would like to thank the many supporters who have contacted the club with supportive messages in the last three days. We share their deep concern over this serious incident.

As we stated on Saturday, we did not wish to comment on this matter until after we have received the full written judgement from UEFA. However, due to the unprecedented amount of interest in this issue we feel we need to make this statement.

We strongly encourage all Dundalk supporters to please allow the club to deal with this matter in the correct manner. We are concerned that any statement from any organisation that claims to represent any group of Dundalk supporters may be misinterpreted and could make this situation worse. In particular, we are concerned at any supporter(s) making direct contact with UEFA.  

This situation arose because of the refusal of certain individuals to listen to our appeals at the Hajduk Split match to refrain from doing anything that may damage the club. Given that our original appeals were ignored, we would ask these individuals to listen to us now. Please allow us to deal with this matter without the fear that any supporter(s) may do something that could potentially make this worse or damage our chances of a successful appeal.

We share the concern of Dundalk supporters who fear that they are being misrepresented by a small group of individuals, a number of whom have been involved in other issues that have cost the club a lot of money in fines and who have attempted to create divisions between the club and supporters.

We are aware that this small group of people do not speak for Dundalk supporters and have no right to act on their behalf. We also appreciate that a number of fans who have been involved with this group have done so in good faith and have done nothing wrong.  A number of supporters who were involved with this group are now distancing themselves from the ringleaders that have been causing on-going problems in Oriel Park.

From Dundalk FC’s point of view, we are distressed that these individuals are embroiling the club with the tragic situation in Gaza. We are football club, a non-political organisation, and we are doing our best to run the club to the best of our ability. Recently during the local elections, we refused to allow any political party to advertise in Oriel Park. However, we are aware that the club does not exist in a vacuum were outside issues have no impact on us all. Despite this, we are shocked that we are releasing a statement that has any connection with this tragic issue.

This long statement is an attempt to explain our problem right now. On one side we are being punished by UEFA.  Dundalk FC do not believe that these flags are “political”, “inappropriate” or “illicit”.  However, the debate on whether sport and politics is very complex and not one that we feel particularly qualified to make a judgement on. However, UEFA have their rules on this matter. We simply had no choice whatsoever but to respect the wishes of the UEFA delegate on the night who explained to us that due to the conflict that either Palestinian or Israeli flags have a political context and therefore should be removed immediately.

On the other side, we have been punished by the actions of a small group of individuals who ignored our appeals after the serious consequences of these actions were outlined to us by the UEFA delegate.

In fact, the match came within seven minutes of not even kicking-off and then, in the second-half, the game was very nearly stopped after the flags were displayed again on a number of occasions. This was after club officials explained the very serious ramifications of the use of these flags to these individuals.  These individuals wilfully and deliberately ignored our appeals and we now find ourselves in this very difficult situation.

A number of supporters have contacted us to disassociate themselves from this group. We agree with the Dundalk supporters who have contacted us to encourage us to revisit our ground regulations and code of conduct to supporters. This has gone far enough.

The club has a lot of work to do in many areas. This issue is serving as a distraction from the many matters that the club’s volunteers and officials are required to deal with on a daily basis. It is now two years since the takeover of the club and we have come a long way and are enjoying a magnificent season. Yet despite our success, a small group of supporters have been continuously trying to undermine us and drive a wedge between the club and the supporters.  

The club will await the written verdict from UEFA and then discuss our options with legal advisors. That is all we can do at this stage.

This issue may not be resolved any time soon. So, in the meantime, we want all Dundalk supporters to focus all of your attention on Friday’s match with Bohemians and getting behind our wonderfully dedicated players and staff as we face another tough match. 

Shed Side Army vow to fight UEFA fine

The Palestinian flag being waved at Oriel Park

The Palestinian flag being waved at Oriel Park

The Shed Side Army – a group of Dundalk supporters who watch games from the Shed and look to promote the club – have released a statement to the media vowing to fight UEFA’s fine of €18,000 imposed on the club.

The fine was issued after a Palestinian flag was flown at the club’s Europa League clash with Hajduk Split in Oriel Park last month.

Commenting on the matter, the Shed Side Army had this to say: “In recent weeks Dundalk FC fans (In common with many other fans throughout sport in general and the UEFA area in particular) have displayed flags of Palestine in solidarity with 4 children murdered playing football on a beach in Palestine. Palestine is a FIFA affiliated nation and the flag is the flag of a sovereign nation. In Ireland citizens have a Constitutional right of freedom of expression. This right does not vanish at a football turnstile. There are unsubstantiated reports that UEFA are seeking to victimise this small club for displaying these flags with a gigantic 18,000 euro fine. Dundalk fans involved have sought and got legal advice on this matter and a number of fans have now pledged to fight any UEFA infringement of their fundamental Constitutional right to free expression should it materialise.

“Dundalk fans involved also call upon fans of other clubs to make their views on this matter known to UEFA and to defend the basic rights of fellow fans to express their rights within the bounds of the law in this way.

“If football is to remain a game of the people this alleged threatened bullying of a small club by UEFA must be faced down and Dundalk fans involved pledge to do so at whatever personal cost.”

Dundalk advance to last eight of FAI Cup with victory over Galway

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk had to survive a late scare before booking finally seeing off Galway FC 2-1 at Oriel Park last night to book their place in the FAI Ford Cup quarter-finals.

Having bossed the game from the very start, Stephen Kenny’s side took the lead on 28 minutes when Donal McDermott slammed home his first goal for the club from eight yards.

Despite being frustrated for long periods, the Lilywhites looked to have sealed the win when John Mountney rifled home a 25 yard screamer to the top right corner in the 72ndminute.

However, after goalkeeper Gabriel Sava was caught in possession nine minutes from time, Galway substitute Padraic Cunningham was on hand to punish him to make it 2-1 but the Louth men were able to see the game out despite late pressure from the Tribesmen.

Dundalk: Sava; Gannon, Gartland (Massey 79), Rossiter, Shields; McDermott (Ward 69), Higgins, Towell, Horgan (Griffin 76); Mountney; McMillan. Subs not used: Boyle, Hoban, Meenan, Cherrie.

Galway: Hanley; Horgan, Byrne, Walsh, Ludden; Shanahan, Sinnott, Connolly (Robbie Egan 76), Molloy; Keegan (Cunningham 76), Faherty (Curran 76). Subs not used: Richard Egan, Manning, Rafferty, Gleeson.

Referee: P Tuite (Dublin).

Kerr believes Dundalk have the “belief” to take title

DundalkCrest2010Former Ireland boss Brian Kerr believes Dundalk’s tendency to score late goals can give them the “belief” needed to go on and claim the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title this season.

The Lilywhites grabbed a late equaliser to draw with Sligo Rovers on Monday night, just days after Pat Hoban’s late winner against Limerick FC.

“You often hear the word ‘belief’ bandied about, like it’s easy to buy belief, like you can buy a bag of it in the shop,” Kerr said on RTÉ’s Soccer Republic.

“Belief only comes in sport when you’ve achieved things regularly.

“That’s my understanding of belief, and when you’ve got late goals on a regular basis in a match then it becomes part of the team’s armoury that you say, ‘We know we can get a goal, we’ve the belief’, and that’s what Dundalk are doing.

“Teams with confidence and with a good squad of players and with a very, very positive manager [Stephen Kenny] will go for it till the end.

“With Patrick Hoban in the team they are always likely to conjure up a goal, from him or from a set-piece situation.”

Dundalk play Galway in the FAI Cup third round on Friday evening, while their next league assignment is at home to Bohemians on 29 August.

Dundalk FC Annual Poker Classic details revealed

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The Dundalk FC Annual Poker Classic (Draw Poker) takes place on Sunday 28th September, at 6pm in the Lisdoo.

Tickets for this year’s event are priced at €50; with €5 buy ins and a €10 top up. Refreshments will be served on the night also.

There are a number of poker satellites planned prior to the main event and details will be on the Dundalk FC’s website. The first satellite takes place tonight in McKeown’s at 8.30pm.

Stephen Neary, one of the tournament organisers, commented: The Poker Classic has been a major fundraiser for the club for over 30 years. Last year’s event proved yet another successful night for the club and an enjoyable night for all who attended. We would encourage all supporters to help us make this year’s event even more successful than last years by either selling tickets or attending event.”

Tickets are available from Oriel Park, also from Stephen Neary on 087 7460263 (stephenjneary@aol.com) or from Gerry Curtis on 087 2900113.