Dedicated fans head for Dublin showdown
ON Friday evening, we headed for Mulholland Avenue where the crowds were gathering, heading for Richmond Park to see the mighty Dundalk FC take on St. Patricks Athletic in the top of the table clash.
By the time we got there, the street was festooned in black and white as the masses descended on five large buses getting ready to head for the nation's capital to do battle with the table toppers.
I was only off my trusty steed when I got talking to Mark McMahon from Lis Na Dara who was with Gary Moran from Line Terrace. Mark told me this was going to be an epic night and a massive battle on the pitch.
After this I headed over for a chat with Aaron Dunlop from Headford who was with Tom Watkins from Carrick Road who were with their dads, Paul and Sean, they all assured me that the town were definitely not going to lose on the night.
Not too far away I then got talking to Ann Osborne from Togher who told me her son Eoghan used to play with the team and she was looking forward to the game.
Three lads who were over from Ardee specially for the game were Kevin McQuaid, John Turbitt and Conor Murphy who told me 'the town' were definitely going to win and it was going to be a fantastic night.
After this, I met up with David, Cian and Caolan Callan, all from Culhane Street, who told me it was going to be a brilliant game and were confident that Dundalk were going to be the victors.
Taking a break from their DJing duties were D'Baz and Young Baz John as well as Michelle McEneaney from Castlebellingham and Ciara McConnon from Manydown Close and they were in great form and ready to make a good night of it.
Extremely busy making sure everyone was getting on the buses were Margaret and Tony Curtis from Oliver Plunkett Park who are M&T Travel who organise the buses to all the away games. They were with their son Sean who didn't have time to talk because they wanted to get everyone on their way.
Not too far away, I got talking to Joanne Murphy from Kilkerley, Claire Ward from Ard Easmuinn and Mark Quinn from Ravensdale who was also celebrating his 14th birthday on the same day.
I then headed over for a chat with Lisa Byrne from Aghameen Park with her daughter Donna and friend Natasha Waring from Glenwood and the girls couldn't wait to see Patrick Hoban in action!
Not too far away I got talking to Kaylagh Cunningham from Castle Park, Caoimhe Connolly and Megan Callan, both from Kilkerley, who couldn't wait to get going to start the adventure.
Making my way through the crowds I then caught sight of my old mates Robbie Mackin from Lis Na Dara and Cormac Myers from Greenacres who assured me it was going to be a very quiet evening – I believe you lads!
Not too far away I got a word with John and Colm Carragher, and Sean and Deborah Niblock all from O'Hanlon Park who wanted to wish Dundalk FC all the best later on.
Heading for the bus when I caught them were Jim Corrigan from Dromiskin, Vincent Reilly from Kilcurry and Darren Belton from Red Barns Road who were in great form and told me it was going to be a major win for 'the town'.
After this I headed over for a word with Anthony Rogers from Cedarwood Park, Tiernan Quigley from Patrick Tierney Crescent and Ryan Woods from Castle Heights who assured me it was going to be an epic encounter.
Not too long later I met Peter and Gerry Connelly from St. Nicholas Avenue who told me it was going to be a great night.
I got a word with Owen Fee from Heynestown who told me he was still waiting on the arrival of Declan Curran from Carrick Road and Alan Gray from Lis Na Dara who were being fashionably late, as usual!
I made my way over to another group who included Paul and Sean McMahon from Barton Park, who said the game was dedicated to the Big Cat.
I also got talking to Eddie McGahon from Legion Avenue, Robbie Durnin from Stapleton Place, Gary Moran from Line Terrace and Stephen Gorham from Crescent 1 who were getting ready to start adventure and cheer on The Lilywhites.
Not too far away I then got a word with Peter McDermott and Eanna McArdle both from Willow Grove, Colm Matthews from Park Street and Liam McShane from Castleross who assured me it was going to be 2-0 to 'the town'. Just before they got on the bus, Eamonn and Colm O'Farrell from Greenacres, who were with Aoife Heffron from Kingswood, agreed on the 2-0 score and thought 'The Hobinator' would get the first goal.
Next I met Jason Kelly from Cuchullain Terrace predicted a 2-1 score, but didn't care once Dundalk got the right result. This idea was confirmed by Arthur McArdle from Saltown who just about to get on the bus.
I then caught up with brothers Mark and Joey Carroll from Beechmount Drive who said it was going to be a major win for 'the town'. Not too long later I caught up with Wee Bubbles and Red Carolan from Muirhevnamor who was with Martin McCourt from McSwiney Street who were ready for a major night of fun.
Just before the buses pulled away I caught Sean McAlester from Waterville Crescent and Maxi Mark Kavanagh from Stapleton Place who were unfurling the new banner in memory of Marty Shields and told me they were looking for a 2-1 win to 'the town'!