COBH AT HOME
Our first home game of the 2017 season kicks off this Saturday evening at 7.30 pm when we entertain Cobh. No one needs reminding of our dismal home record in 2016. Hopefully we put all that behind us and pick up some valuable points at home in the CCS on Saturday night.
We do really need a good support turning up and making ourselves heard. If the first round of games is anything to go by, the season ahead is going to be one very long slog with every point being priceless. Cobh, as they've already shown are tough nuts to crack who stay with the game right to the final whistle. We simply have to match that and be even better. It's a long way from the Cork seaside town to Longford so they'll hardly be bringing a convoy of coaches. In simple terms it's up to us to get behind the lads from the off and to make our presence felt and heard. C'mon De Town.
Our opening night saw us travel to the crumbling Tolka Park to take on Shelbourne. There was a sizeable travelling support which was encouraging and they certainly were heard around the stadium. However, we only managed to come away with one point but at least Waterford came away from Athlone with less. As the season progresses, hopefully we won't rue that missed penalty but already at this very early stage, it looks likes there will be a lot of twists, turns and bumps before the end. Bring it on.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our first car boot sale is on St Patrick's Day, which is on a Friday this year, March 17th and as usual it will be held in the car park of the City Calling Stadium. It starts as early as you can and winds up at 3pm. For the last number of seasons, the event has continued to grow and attracts buyers and sellers from every corner of the country. It also has been a huge and important source of income for the club and great credit is due to each member who helps out on the different bank holidays. If you can even help out for even just one car boot sale, it would be greatly appreciated. Let Liam Healion know and he'll surely find a suitable job for you.
The Supporters' Club is waiting for you to join up. The more members we have, the more benefit for the club. Years ago, we charged twenty euro but that price has been halved in recent years. There's a discount on club merchandise, a chance to present the end of month trophy for player of the month and maybe later on in the season, a chance to be entered into a draw to sponsor a player. Kevin Carberry is the man in charge until the summer, so look out for him at the Cobh game. He says he'll be between the shop and the Clubhouse so it should be simple to track him down.
Padraig Stapleton continues to do a wonderful job on the website despite his distance from the CCS. Recently a superb photo essay with some well chosen words has been uploaded and is well worth checking out. Eamonn Donohue is the man responsible for what he terms a “quick Apostolic Blessing from a League of Ireland evangelist”. Eamonn is a former RTE journalist with a soft spot for De Town but when it comes to either the pen or the lens, he's truly gifted. Check out his very humourous book Cabra Cadabra.
You can find his excellent photo essay here.