Bray seafront saw big crowds on both Friday and Saturday for sporting reasons. Friday night evoked memories of 2012 when Katie Taylor brought home Olympic gold; this time she had the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF world championship belts. A crowd of more than 2,000 gathered to welcome The Bray
Tolka Park looked and felt different for Friday’s First Division encounter between Shelbourne and AthloneTown. The normal advertising hoardings [Abbey Seals, Bus Eireann, Finian McGrath TD] had been covered up with UEFA ones and the UEFA cover-up even extended to fancy drapes over the dugouts; hopefully the goings on at
Blaise and myself were late heading down to TolkaPark for Shelbourne against Galway on Friday. We knew kick-off was imminent as we approached the ground and heard Pigbag’s ‘’Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’’ booming out, a sign that the teams had taken the pitch.
The sounds of the national anthem
Shelbourne have announced the signing of left back Luke Byrne.
Byrne played with Shamrock Rovers for the last five seasons.
He has represented Ireland at all underage levels up to Ireland u21's.
Former Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and St Patricks Athletic striker Ciaran Kilduff has joined First Division side Shelbourne for the new season signing a two year deal.
Kilduff left Jackson Armada in the winter and has been on the look out for a new club.
The Kildare native has won 3 league titles
Shelbourne have announced the signing of Ryan Brennan for the 2019 season.
Brennan played previously with St Patrick’s Athletic and Bray Wanderers.
Striker David O’Sullivan has announced his retirement from football.
The Wicklow man was a key figure for Longford Town over the years and Shelbourne recently.
Speaking to BetweentheStripes.ie, O’Sullivan said; “The rumors are true, I’m taking a step back from the League of Ireland. I’ve had a good run and I’ve enjoyed the
Shelbourne FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Morris (31) as Head Coach. Ian has had a distinguished playing career in England and Ireland, joining Leeds United in 2003 before playing spells at Scunthorpe United, Carlisle United, Chesterfield, Torquay United and Northampton Town.
In 2015, Ian returned to Ireland
Originally the plans for the redevelopment of Dalymount Park proposed that Bohemians vacate the stadium at the end of 2017, play the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Tolka Park, then move back [along with Shelbourne] to the new Dalymount Park for the start of the 2020 season. Last year this
Shelbourne has announced they are not reappointing Owen Heary as the clubs manager for next season.
The board thanked Heary for his contribution which included he play offs this season and two consecutive Leinster Senior Cups.