They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice - but unfortunately for Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny, it appears that it has (metaphorically speaking).
The Democrat can reveal that the popular, league winning manager has once again left an item of clothing behind him in Panama Coffee, but this time - crucially - it’s his coat.
Mr Kenny, who was preparing his side for their top of the table clash with St Patrick’s Athletic in Oriel Park visited the establishment for an earlly morning coffee and a read of the papers.
Stephen Egan, the owner of Panama Coffee, takes up the story.
“Stephen came in for his cappucino and his Greek yoghurt at around 10.30am. I didn’t give it a second thought to be honest,” Mr Egan told the Democrat. “It’s a normal enough occurance.”
However, Mr Egan realised something was wrong around 11.30am, shortly after the gifted manager had left.
“Another one of the patrons, Neil Ford, saw the coat and said ‘Did Stephen Kenny leave his coat behind him?’ It was at that stage that I knew something was wrong.”
Mr Egan doesn’t know what brought the second incidence of Kenny leaving an item of clothing behind in the centrally located coffee shop, some 18 months after leaving his jumper there in late 2013.
“He has a big match against St Pat’s this evening and there was an eclipse this morning. I don’t know if one or both of those had an influence on this second incident.”
The Democrat has learned that Mr Kenny confirmed that it is indeed his coat and sent someone to ‘pick it up’.
The story of Mr Kenny leaving his jumper behind in the very same coffee shop in 2013 was hugely popular, with the manager’s relief at reclaiming his jumper even making it onto Australia television news.
It was also shared by British mentalist Derren Brown (among other celebrities) to over a million of his fans on Twitter.