Noticeboard for June 18th

The League had another fantastic presentation night last Saturday in the Complex.

The 120 guests were treated to a great meal, a glittering array of trophies and were entertained by Colm Dawson a hugely popular magician. FAI CEO John Delaney spoke enthusiastically about the game in Ireland and the plans for the Euros in 2020 of which Dublin will host some games. He mentioned our own Complex and the plans to help us develop it. The FAI is a huge supporter of the League and Complex and we would like to thank John and the board for all their help throughout the years. John wished Usher Celtic players Steo Donnelly and Jordan Buckley the best of luck on their exciting new adventures as they move to Glenavon in the IFA League and Shelbourne respectfully. To think that one season you are playing in the Premier Division of the AUL and a few months later you are playing in the Europa Cup. John was over the moon for Oliver Bond Celtic and the fact that the Lord Mayor held a reception for them in the mansion house, this was a brilliant way of recognising their achievements for the season. Oliver Bond in fact won three trophies. John then made a special presentation on behalf of the AUL to super supporter Wayne Ryan from St.Pauls Artane. Wayne was been supporting his beloved St Pauls for over 20 years and he and his family were very excited at the award.

FAI Vice President Donal Conway also spoke at the awards and he was also very excited at football in this country having just come back from the Kennedy Cup. He heaped praise on the many many volunteers, some who had used their holidays to help run this hugely successful competition. The LFA were also present and their treasurer Dave Hearst presented Sheriff YC with the LFA Junior Cup.

Sheriff management duo of Alan Reilly and Chris Giles were presented with an award to mark their achievements with Sheriff YC in the AUL as they move onto pastures new and the League would like to thank them for all they have done in promoting the AUL throughout the country as they won LFA and FAI cups regularly in their years as managers of this great club. It was great to see Brian Dunleavy present and you could see the pride in his face as he watched his club pick up the LFA Cup, The First Ireland Challenge Cup The Premier B league winners trophy and the Tommy Hand Cup.

There were many winners on the night, much to many to mention here but I’m sure you will see them in the fantastic array of pictures in this Herald supplement all thanks to Eamon Scott, Ed Scannel and Dermot Clarke.

Biggest cheers of the night was for the hugely popular Usher Celtic manager Wes Doyle as he was presented with the Manager of the Year award. Wes a genuine guy who puts his life into Usher Celtic was a very popular winner of the award as he led his club to the Premier A title.

Our own PRO Justin Burke was very busy on the night and you will be able to see all his work on our facebook page.

Tony Cosgrave the vice chairman spoke on behalf of the League in the absence of the chairman Tony Martin who was on holiday due to the night being switched from the 9th to the 16th and he done a great job. In his address he spoke warmly of the clubs, especially the new clubs, who were winning awards for the first time and who have a great future in the league. It is onwards and upwards as we take a few days break now and then get ready for the upcoming Tommy Clements Cup. This year there will be 4 teams from the AUL and 4 from the LSL in what should be another fantastic tournament. Thank you all for coming and especially John, Emma and Donal for taking time out to attend what was another great night for the AUL.


Dick Redmond



17/06/2018 13:47