Dundalk U19s and U17s both at home at start of league campaigns

DundalkCrest2010The fixture lists for the SSE Airtricity under 19 and under 17 leagues were released today.

Dundalk U-19s are in section three alongside Derry City, Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers, Sligo Rovers and Drogheda Utd.

They will kick-off their campaign at home to Derry City on Sunday September 6th.

Meanwhile the U-17s are also in section three alongside Drogheda United, Finn Harps, Derry City, Shelbourne, Bohemians and Monaghan Utd-Cavan FP side managed by former Lilywhites boss Sean McCaffrey.

Dundalk have no fixture on week one, August 9th, so will kick-off their campaign at home to Finn Harps on Sunday August 16th.

You can view the full fixtures here.

Meanwhile, former Dundalk striker Patrick Hoban has been given the number 9 shirt for Oxford Utd ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign. The Galway man, who top scored for the Lilywhites with 20 league goals last season, joined the League One side before Christmas having helped Dundalk to the league title last season.

Dundalk’s games against Shamrock Rovers and Cork City both postponed

DundalkCrest2010Following confirmation from the club yesterday that their match with Shamrock Rovers on Friday July 10th had been postponed due to European commitments, the FAI have confirmed that Dundalk’s clash with Cork City on Friday July 24th has also been postponed.

Arrangements for Dundalk’s UEFA Champions League tie against FC BATE Borisov of Belarus have now been finalised with the first leg taking place on Wednesday, July 15 in the Borisov Arena at 18:30 (Irish time) and the second leg at Oriel Park on Wednesday, July 22 at 19:45.

New dates for the postponed fixtures, both of which were scheduled to take place in Oriel, will be confirmed in due course.

Dundalk FC’s clash with Shamrock Rovers postponed

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk’s match with Shamrock Rovers, originally scheduled for Friday week July 10th, has been postponed due to both clubs’ European commitments.

A new fixture for the game at Oriel Park will be released in due course.

Dundalk take on Drogheda Utd in United Park on Friday night, a game which is live on Setanta Sports from 8.05pm, followed by a trip to Galway to face Galway Utd on Tuesday July 7th.

They then have eight days to prepare for their Champions League second qualifying round first leg tie with BATE Borisov on Wednesday July 15th, before the return leg in Oriel Park a week later.

DKIT Sport opens doors to the public

Dundalk FC duo Daryl Horgan and Ciaran O'Connor at the launch of DKIT Sport yesterday with manager Kelly Gaffney and DKIT president Denis Cummins

Dundalk FC duo Daryl Horgan and Ciaran O’Connor at the launch of DKIT Sport yesterday with manager Kelly Gaffney and DKIT president Denis Cummins

DKIT Sport officially opened its doors to the public for the first time yesterday.

Formally ‘JJB’, DKIT Sport was purchased in early 2014 for a cost of €3million. The facility will be managed by the Holohan Leisure Group and is located adjacent to the 90-acre DKIT campus at Dundalk Retail Park.

The state of the art sports facility boasts a 20 metre swimming pool, changing rooms, jacuzzi, steam room, gym area, an aerobic studio, 1 indoor cycling studio, 10 indoor sports pitches and a dedicated high performance strength and conditioning training zone. The high performance, strength and conditioning zone is specifically designed for increased team performance and is the first of its kind in Co Louth.

The gym itself includes the latest, brand new, gold standard,’Precor’ gym equipment. The indoor sports pitches will be available not only to students and staff, but to local sports teams, clubs and the public for recreational purposes. There will be catering facilities also.

The acquisition of DKIT Sport forms part of the development of a comprehensive Sports Strategy by DKIT that includes the Centre of Sport, Exercise and Health with the Institute now offering a range of sports related courses such as BA in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise, BA (Hons.) in Community Sports Leadership and B.Sc. (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity.

Members of Dundalk FC were amongst those who attended yesterday’s launch, as well as Dundalk IT president Denis Cummins, who said it was a “great day for Dundalk Institute of Technology and Dundalk as a town”.

He said: “Today is the soft opening of the new DKIT Sport and we will do another official launch in September or October when all of the students are back.

“We are now open to the public and have grown to over 600 (public) members over the last couple of days as well as the 5,000 students all being members too so it’s a great day for everyone to be involved in.

“We have all worked really very hard over the last year to get to this point and it is brilliant to see this wonderful facility back in business. We have 20 staff employed at the moment and that will increase as the numbers continue to grow.”

Further details can be found at www.dkitsport.ie

Euro distractions prove no problem for Dundalk against Limerick

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk put their pending European commitments to one side on Friday night as they ran out 6-2 winners over Limerick FC at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites got off to a dream start when Stephen O’Donnell fired them in front after just four minutes with Brian Gartland and David McMillan adding to their tally before the break as they led 3-0 at half-time.

A second goal from McMillan made it 4-0 early in the second half before Limerick pulled a goal back via a Sean Harding free kick just before the hour mark.

That strike was cancelled out by Gartland’s second of the night in the 64th minute but Limerick put up a brave fight towards the finish with Shane Duggan making it 5-2 before Gary Rogers was forced to make a penalty save to deny the visitors from closing the gap back to two.

A late Tony Whitehead own goal ensured Dundalk ran out easy winners in the end.

Dundalk charter flight to Belarus sells out within minutes

DundalkCrest2010All places on the charter flight to Belarus for Dundalk’s Champions League second qualifying round first leg tie with BATE Borisov on Wednesday July 15th have been taken.

The trip, which included your Visa, match ticket, flight and hotel, sold out within minutes of being announced by the club this morning.

The cost of the trip was €650.

Dundalk to release new limited edition European kit

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC are set to release a new limited edition European home jersey ahead of next month’s Champions League clash with BATE Borisov.

The jersey will be revealed in the coming days, according to the club, and can be pre-ordered from Oriel Park from today and before tomorrow’s league clash with Limerick FC.

Dundalk are also expected to release the fixture details for the trip to Belarus later today as they await confirmation from BATE over the date for the first leg.

Dundalk awaiting Champions League draw

DundalkCrest2010Supporters of Dundalk FC will feel like it’s Christmas Eve this morning as the club await the draw for the second qualifying round of the Champions League later today.

The draw from UEFA headquarters in Nyon in Switzerland will take place around 11am with Scottish champions Celtic amongst the side Stephen Kenny’s men could be paired with in the two-legged tie on July 14/15 and July 21/22.

The full list of Dundalk’s potential Champions League opponents are as follows:

  • Celtic FC (SCO)
  • FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
  • Malmö FF (SWE)
  • HJK Helsinki (FIN)
  • Molde FK (NOR)
  • FC Midtjylland (DEN)

Dundalk midfielder Towell reveals he is to become a father

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The image shared by Towell on his Instagram page to announce he was to be a father

It appears Richie Towell’s goal celebration when he scored the penalty that earned Dundalk a 2-1 victory away to Sligo Rovers last Friday had some meaning.

The midfielder dispatched his 56th minute spot kick before lifting the ball and putting it under his shirt.

However, Towell has now revealed that he is to become a father after posting a picture of his girlfriend Kelly Kirwan’s baby bump on his Instagram page during a break to Marbella.

Towell said: “The best news I have ever been able to tell in my life. I cannot wait to start our own little family with Kelly the excitement is unbelievable and I’m sharing it with my best friend and the person I love more than anything in the world. #family #girlfriend #baby #myworld.”

No doubt all Lilywhites fans will be anxious to express their congratulations to Towell when he returns to action for Dundalk next Friday in their home clash with Limerick FC.

Dundalk FC in the Long Walk

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Dundalk FC will be represented in the Long Walk Shopping Centre over the course of the next three days as the centre celebrates its 21st birthday.

The event will culminate on Saturday at 2pm when there will be special competitions, penalty shoot-outs, skills competitions and giveaways.

Be sure to pop in to see some of Stephen Kenny’s side.

Meanwhile Dundalk will host Warrenpoint Town in a friendly at Oriel Park on Tuesday June 30th as part of the Northern side’s pre-season campaign.