DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR LILYWHITES
CUP FANS TRAVEL IN MASS TO AVIVA STADIUM
FANS and well-wishers descended on Dundalk Market Square on Monday evening for the homecoming of double-winners Dundalk FC.
The special event was hosted by Dundalk Municipal District to mark the club’s sporting achievements this year in winning the Airtricity Premier Division title, and the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
Dundalk FC secured the Airtricity premier division title last month, their fourth in five years, with a record-breaking points tally of 87. The Lilywhites faced league runners-up Cork City in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon and came out as 2-1 winners, wrapping up the double.
Thousands travelled from Dundalk and much further afield to see Patrick McEleney score the winning score to clinch Dundalk’s 11th FAI Cup success.
Speaking at the homecoming, Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Municipal District, Councillor Conor Keelan, said: ‘Dundalk FC have had remarkable success and have brought great joy to their fans this year. On behalf of Dundalk Municipal District, I’m delighted to have the team, and manager Stephen Kenny, here together with their supporters for this special event to celebrate and reflect on a fantastic season.’
The Dundalk FC squad and manager, Stephen Kenny joined Cllr Keelan on stage to greet the gathered crowds after a rousing performance by Dundalk natives, Who’s Eddie?
Commenting, chairman of Dundalk FC, Mike Treacy said: ‘ Today’s event is a fitting end to a phenomenal double-winning season for Dundalk FC. We’re thrilled to be able to share our successes with our fans. Their support this year has been absolutely incredible, as it always is. The continued growth and dominance of Dundalk FC under strong leadership shows the high standards this club sets for itself. We look forward to a prosperous 2019 for the team’.
Stephen Callan, Sean Maguire, Dillon Greene, Niall Craven, Dylan O’Hanlon and Padraig McConville on their way to Dublin to support Dundalk FC in the Cup. Picture: Ken Finegan
Recording the Moment....Danielle, Liam and Therese Grimes on their way to Dublin to support Dundalk FC in the Cup. Picture: Ken Finegan