Former Dundalk FC-owned Hiney Park sold for €60,000 at auction

Hiney Park

Hiney Park

The former Dundalk FC-owned site at Hiney Park sold at auction in Dublin yesterday for €60,000 – €40,000 more than its reserve price.

The c1.67 hectares of irregular shaped land, which is zoned as recreational, sits opposite Oriel Park and fronts onto the R178 Carrickmacross Road.

It had been placed on the market by NAMA through Dublin-based estate agents GW2, who carried out the auction at Leopardstown Racecourse yesterday.

Over the years it had been used by Dundalk FC’s underage and ladies sides for training and matches while it was also a popular running route, known locally as ‘The Furry Glen’.

While the buyer’s identity has not been revealed, it is understood that Dundalk FC did not bid for the land. Dundalk Grammar School, who own a nearby piece of land now used by the club for training purposes, were amongst those interested however.

Dundalk FC initially sold Hiney Park – named after former chairman Eamon Hiney – to local businessman Gerry Matthews in 2005 for a sum somewhere between €750,000 and €1m.

Mr Matthews would go on to build the Youth Development Centre, now Oriel Active, on part of the land but this portion of the land is unaffected by the sale.

Dundalk FC merchandise shop broken into

DundalkCrest2010The Dundalk FC merchandise shop at Oriel Park was broken into last night.

Amongst the items stolen were tracksuits and jerseys.

If anyone is asked to buy any club merchandise from sources other than official channels then they are asked to contact either the club or Dundalk Garda Station.

Alternatively anyone who noticed anything suspicious around Oriel Park last night is asked to contact Gardaí.

Dundalk see off Drogheda to clinch Malone Cup

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC clinched the Malone Cup for only the third time since it was introduced in 1997 when they beat neighbours Drogheda Utd 2-0 at Oriel Park last night.

The annual pre-season game between the Co Louth rivals was largely a one-sided affair with the Lilywhites dictating things. That said, the best chance of a scoreless first half arguably fell the Boynesiders’ way after just two minutes when Tiarnan Mulvenna was picked out on the edge of the six yard box but the Muirhevnamor man failed to get the power on his shot to really trouble Gary Rogers.

Stephen Kenny’s side upped the ante in the second half and finally made a breakthrough just after the hour mark when Andy Boyle headed home a Darren Meenan corner.

Local youngster Ciaran O’Connor then made sure of the victory five minutes from time when he bundled home from close range with Chris Shields collecting the trophy afterwards from Caoimhe Malone and Killian Moran.

Dundalk aiming for rare Malone Cup win against neighbours Drogheda Utd

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk will be hoping to win the Jim Malone Cup for only the third time in their history when they host neighbours Drogheda Utd at Oriel Park at 7.45pm tonight.

Since the competition was first played in October 1997, the Lilywhites have only won it twice – a 3-0 victory at United Park in August 2000 and a 2-1 victory on home soil in February 2010.

With no game played in 2011, it means that Drogheda have won the last three meetings between the sides in the competition.

Last year they won 5-4 on penalties for the second successive year after a 1-1 draw at United Park. Gavin Brennan had given the Boynesiders a first-half lead but a stoppage time header from Pat Hoban took the game to penalties only for Daryl Horgan to be denied by goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann in the shoot-out.

Incredibly, it was the eighth time that Dundalk had lost the Malone Cup on penalties.

Last season in the league Drogheda Utd ran out 4-1 winners against Dundalk on the opening day of the season at United Park only to be humbled 7-0 at Oriel Park in May. The sides then played out a 1-1 draw in Drogheda towards the end of the season.

Horgan, who has yet to feature in pre-season, could make a return to action from the bench tonight although Dane Massey is a doubt having suffered a hand injury last week. That will mean that Muirhevnamor man Shane Grimes should start against his former club, whom he captained last season.

Dundalk FC given go ahead to host Champions League football

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk FC’s hopes of advancing in the Champions League have been boosted after Oriel Park yesterday passed the test to host the club’s first round fixture in July.

The club yesterday received its UEFA level 2 grade licence to stage European football at the Carrick Road venue, which will give Stephen Kenny’s side a boost in their hopes of advancing beyond the first qualifying stage.

Should they go further, however, it is likely they would have to play in an alternative venue, such as Tallaght Stadium.

The club have also been granted their Premier Division licence for their forthcoming SSE Airtricity League season, as expected.

Fyffes renew Dundalk FC sponsorship

Gerry Cunningham, Managing Director, Fyffes Ireland, with Dundalk players from left, Ciaran O'Connor, John Mountney, Stephen O'Donnell and Darren Meenan, Emma Hunt Duffy, Sales & Marketing Manager, Fyffes at an event to announce Fyffes' continued sponsorship of SSE Airtricity League champions Dundalk FC for the forthcoming 2015 season

Gerry Cunningham, Managing Director, Fyffes Ireland, with Dundalk players from left, Ciaran O’Connor, John Mountney, Stephen O’Donnell and Darren Meenan, Emma Hunt Duffy, Sales & Marketing Manager, Fyffes at an event to announce Fyffes’ continued sponsorship of SSE Airtricity League champions Dundalk FC for the forthcoming 2015 season

Dundalk-based banana importers Fyffes has announced it will continue its sponsorship of SSE Airtricity League champions Dundalk FC for the forthcoming 2015 season.

The partnership, which is entering its fourth year, will see Fyffes support the club at local and national level whilst continuing as high-profile shirt sponsor for the entire season.

Speaking at the announcement of the deal, Fyffes Managing Director for Ireland, Gerry Cunningham, himself a life-long Dundalk FC fan, said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with a club that has brought honour to our town and returned Dundalk to its rightful place as League of Ireland Champions and EA Sports Cup winners.”

“Long may they continue to make us proud…not just of their footballing ability…but of the inspiration and enjoyment they give to our young people and the people in the Northeast generally” he added.

Echoing his sentiments, Fyffes sales and marketing manager Emma Hunt-Duffy said: “We wish Stephen and the team the very best of luck for the forthcoming season and we look forward to working with them in 2015 as part of our continued commitment to promoting healthy eating and an active lifestyle across all age groups. We are also delighted to announce that Fyffes will be the main sponsor for Dundalk FC Ladies team this season”.

Dundalk FC chairman Ciaran Bond thanked Fyffes for their ‘continued support, investment and passion for the club’ and noted that ‘Dundalk FC is proud to be partnered with a company that has such a rich local heritage and, at the same time, is a well-known global brand.’

In the run up to Dundalk FC being crowned champions, Fyffes produced a YouTube video that captured what fans said ‘is the sense of spirit, enthusiasm and commitment that exists amongst players, supporters, officials and the people of Dundalk generally.’

Designed to help bring the story of the club to a new and younger generation of football enthusiasts, here and overseas, the video attracted 70,000 viewers across the globe within two weeks of its launch. Check it out here.

Relive the launch of the Lilywhite Supporters’ Club

The new Lilywhite Supporters’ Club was launched at the start of the month with the aim of supporting Dundalk FC and the good folks over at BorderRegionTV were there on the night to capture it.

For anyone who missed the event, or simply wants to relive it, you can check it out above.

People can still sign up for the Supporters’ Club by calling into joint chairman Alan Gray in Goldstar Jewellers in the Demesne Shopping Centre.

Meanwhile the supporters’ club have announced they will be sponsoring the club’s opening game of the season at home to Longford Town on Friday March 6th.

Dundalk cruise to victory over UCD

DundalkCrest2010Dundalk continued their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 6-1 victory over UCD in the UCD Bowl on Friday night.

It was a second successive victory for the Lilywhites over the Students in the space of three days following their 2-1 Leinster Senior Cup win at Oriel Park on Tuesday night.

The game was more or less over as a contest by half-time as goals from John Mountney, Chris Shields and a brace from Ronan Finn had Stephen Kenny’s side 4-0 up at the break.

Richie Towell then added two of his own in the second half before Gary O’Neill hit a late consolation for the home side.

Dundalk take on a Northern Irish junior select side tonight in Armagh. Kick-off 7.30pm.

Kenny to act as Grand Marshal for St Patrick’s Day parade in Dundalk

Stephen Kenny

Stephen Kenny

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny will be Grand Marshal at this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade.

The Dublin native was selected for the prestigious role in recognition of the Lilywhites’ league and EA Sports Cup double last year.

Preparations for the parade are ongoing at present. If you or your organisation would like to take part please contact certs@dundalk.ie or phone 042 93 36343 and ask for Kim or Kerry Ann.

The parade will be launched on Thursday February 26th at an event in the Táin Arts Centre at the Town Hall.

McMillan goal books Dundalk’s place in last eight of Leinster Senior Cup

DundalkCrest2010David McMillan marked his return from injury with a goal seven minutes from time to sink his former club UCD at Oriel Park last night and book Dundalk’s place in the last eight of the Leinster Senior Cup, courtesy of a 2-1 win.

A stunning goal from Dylan Watts had given the Students the lead after 15 minutes and they would hold that advantage until the 74th minute when new signing Ronan Finn swept home a Darren Meenan cross to make it 1-1.

The winner then arrived in the 83rd minute when McMillan, who had been out of action since the start of last October, swept home a rebound after UCD goalkeeper Niall Corbett could only parry a Kurtis Byrne shot.

Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Paddy Barrett, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Richie Towell, Stephen O’Donnell, Ronan Finn; Darren Meenan, John Mountney (David McMillan 62); Kurtis Byrne. Subs not used: Chris Shields, Shane Grimes, Ciaran O’Connor, Paul Finnegan, Georgie Poynton, Gabriel Sava.

Referee: Rob Harvey.