CAR BOOT SALE
Our first car boot sale of the season takes place on Friday March 17th at the City Calling Stadium from very early till 3pm. If you're wondering what very early means, some traders will be setting up before the sun gets up. But for the ordinary person who wants to set up a stall, 9am should be ok.
If you've never experienced the variety, the bargains, the banter and the craic of a car boot sale, then why not try it this St Patrick's Day. Volunteers are needed to help Liam Healion and his team so even if you have an hour to spare, give him a shout. All extra hands are welcome.
SULLY DOES THE TRICK
Heartiest congratulations to David O'Sullivan on his magnificent hat trick against Athlone Town last Friday ensuring our first three points haul in the process. This is his second hat trick for De Town and maybe he'll bag another match ball or two before the season concludes. The hosts were sitting proudly on top of the table and locally were expecting to take our scalp too. In front of a decent travelling support, Sully took just 14 minutes to break the deadlock, finishing expertly from a deft back flick from Gavin Boyne. Poacher O'Sullivan struck again four minutes before the break, this time demonstrating his aerial threat in heading home a corner from Mark Langtry. The striker claimed his hat trick three minutes into the second half.
CABINTEELY AT HOME
This Saturday night at 7.30pm we welcome Cabinteely to the City Calling Stadium for the first time. Last weekend they inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Wexford FC so we've already had our wake up call. Following our exit from the Leinster Senior Cup on Sunday against Firhouse Clover, we need to get back to winning ways straight away. For whatever reason, some of our senior players are already unavailable due to early injuries but hopefully the squad strength will be equal to this early challenge.
Sinead Keegan and Kevin Carberry have done Trojan work in organising a new space for our merchandise with a lot of help from the hard working staff in the close season.So far things are going very well for them and if you want any item, their new space is at the stand end of the shop.
JOIN THE SUPPORTERS' CLUB
There's still space for some members in the Longford Town Supporters' Club. Kevin Carberry will sort you straight away with a membership card for just ten euro - half that for children. This season, we have numbered cards so there will be no more waiting to be issued with your cards. The cards also have all the home fixtures printed on the reverse side as well as some of the advantages for joining. These include a ten percent discount on any merchandise and a chance to present the Player of the Month trophy each month. And that's just for starters. Just look out for Kevin at the Cabinteely game, you can't miss his happy, smiley face under his shock of red hair hair.
The late John Donlon, former Town player, President and Supporters' Club member must be extremely proud of his grandson's Evan's sporting prowess. Evan is the son of Dr. Brian Donlon who is based in Cork but despite being in exile, is still a huge Town fan. Evan was an important part of the the Rochestown College team which defeated St. Caimin's, Shannon 2-1 in the Munster Colleges U17 senior title last week. Well done, we'll be keeping a watchful eye on your progress from up here in the midlands.
RTE Radio had a reporter on duty in the CCS on Saturday night last week. The piece was broadcast on the sport programme the following Sunday and made for interesting listening. Representing De Town were Tony Ghee, Ian Maher and Donald Keogh. The reporter also managed to track down a Cobh supporter (who praised our hard working ground staff) and most interesting of all, a man who used to support Monaghan Utd but now travels to our games or Sligo's. We often complain about the national broadcaster ignoring us, so it made for a pleasant surprise to be featured on the national airwaves.
We really have hit the big time in being mentioned in the media outside of Longford. Never mind Sky or CNN or Trump's tweets. At long last we've mentioned in Ireland's favourite traditional magazine, Ireland's Own. Every little mention helps !
We welcome back Padraig from sunny Puerto Rico even though no postcards arrived yet, he assures us 'they're in the post'. Hopefully Padraig is well rested now and ready to keep our marvellous web page ticking over.
Well done to our sporting friends in Longford RFC on their magnificent win on Sunday. Not alone did they beat Cill Dara but they also gained promotion after a disappointing previous season. Hopefully we can follow their lead as strive to do the same this season. Congratulations lads.
The Supporters' Club would like to offer its sincere condolences to Deirdre Mathews on the recent passing of her mother in Bornacoola. May she rest in peace.