We’ve managed to unearth, and finally digitise, a treasure trove of footage from our 1988 FAI Cup final win over Derry City which secured Turlough O’Connor’s team the double.

As well as action from the game itself, which was settled by John Cleary’s ‘stonewall’ penalty, we have some incredible archive material from the celebrations around town in the hours and days that followed!

The RTE coverage from the day over is live on our YouTube page now and from 7pm this evening we’ll be uploading a host of rare archive material to our Patreon page over the weekend, including: 

  • Footage of the team bringing the trophy across the Hill Street bridge where they were greeted by a sea of black and white.
  • Interviews with a number of supporters, the great Joey Donnelly, chairman Eamonn Hiney and groundsman Mickey Fox at various locations around town on the morning after the night before.
  • Hometown heroes Barry Kehoe and Dessie Gorman get mobbed as they visit 17 local schools including the CBS, De La Salle, St Louis, Castletown Girls School, Realt na Meara, the Friary, St Vincent’s, the Redeemer Boys, Bay Estate, the CBS and the Marist to parade the League of Ireland and FAI Cup trophies in 1988.
  • Interviews with Joey Malone, Martin Murray, Terry Eviston and John Cleary at the Dundalk FC Supporters Club 1988 Player of the Year Awards Night in the Lilywhite Lounge.

I have to say, this is a project I have been really looking forward to sharing. Thanks to Johnny Foran for providing the incredible footage and to The Bearded Designer for colourising the images.