The Dundalk FC team arrived back to a heroes welcome at Dundalk’s Market Square yesterday evening.
The homecoming event was hosted by Dundalk’s Municipal District to mark the club’s sporting achievements this year in doing the double by winning both the Airtricity League Premier Division title and the FAI Cup.
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 men of the moment, Dundalk’s squad and manager, Stephen ‘King’ Kenny joined Cllr Keelan on stage to greet the large crowd after a rousing performance by Dundalk natives, Who’s Eddie?
Commenting on the momentous occasion 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 and our fans.”
Local Sinn Fein Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú hailed Dundalk FC’s 2-1 win against Cork as a “spectacular result.”
Still buzzing from the result the local Cllr said: “Stephen Kenny is an absolute legend at this stage. After these wins I think it’s time for us to move on to European football.”
The local Cllr added: “The buzz around town all day today was noticeable and it’s great to see the team being recognised with this homecoming event.”
Paddy Malone, of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, said: “As a lifelong supporter of Dundalk FC I’m thrilled to bits.
“Everyone from the early days right through to Stephen Kenny deserves credit. This win is all about building on the history of the club so that new generations can remember the historical moment when Patrick McEleney scored the winning goal. This result sends a very positive message about Dundalk.”
Local Cllr. Mark Dearey attended the game with his children, an experience he said he hopes they will have fond memories of for years to come.
“I went to Dundalk games as a child. It fills your imagination,” he said, “It’s great this celebration is happening tonight. It feels like the right time.”