There is something in the water in Dundalk
There is something in the water in Dundalk.
A few months ago there was unfounded reports that diesel launderers were polluting Dundalk's water supply with toxic sludge and chemicals from their criminal activity.
No proof of this was ever produced and the EPA and Louth County Council quickly assured the public about the safety of our drinking water.
However someone else will have to taste the water, given the run of sporting success in Dundalk in recent months.
Dundalk Football Club started the ball rolling and with EA Cup success, followed by the Airtricity League and have since added the Malone Cup and the President's Cup as they continue to rule the roost in Irish soccer.
Sean O'Mahony's followed on from their success in the Louth Intermediate Championship by capturing the Leinster Intermediate Championship title.
Dundalk Rugby Club were not to be outdone by the two other football codes and they already had an impressive haul of trophies for their cabinet following their on fields exploits this season, with the All Ireland Junior trophy, Leinster League Division 1A and the McGowan Cup, before they put the cherry on the cake with their promotion play off victory over De la Salle Palmerstown at the weekend which means that the men from Mill Road will be playing Senior Club rugby next season in the new Division 2C of the All Ireland League.
Apart from neighbours Boyne who they compete against it will be new terrority for the club and players.
The promotion will surely bring about long nights in Mill Road during the summer as the club committee prepare for the new challenge ahead, both on the field and in the committee room.
The players have stepped up to the plate and delivered and have earned the right to play at the highest level in the club's history.
It is now up to the club to support the players and coaching staff in reaching their potential. The wider community outside the club members will also have to respond in supporting the club at every turn.
Irish rugby is riding the crest of a wave in recent seasons with Six Nations Championships, a Grand Slam, Heineken Cups and other accolades and Dundalk are benefiting from that upturn.
Joking aside about something in the water, Dundalk sports clubs are becoming addicted to silverware and the joy it brings.
Long may it continue.