On Saturday the 30th of July shortly after 7am, a group of twenty guys and girls boarded the Highwayman bus in Downpatrick and headed off to Dublin on what was hoped would be an enjoyable and memorable trip writes Jonathan Walsh.
Earlier this year, Dun Padraig CSC had lost a dear friend, a founding club member, and a true gentleman with the passing of Joe Lyttle. There was a great desire amongst Joes friends to organise an event in his memory and discussions had been ongoing with Dun Laoghaire Glasgow Celtic Supporters Club since early April to arrange something appropriate.
The Dublin Super Cup seemed a perfect fit for us all and we set about confirming arrangements. It was felt that the best way to mark our friends life would be in a friendly soccer match between our club and Dun Laoghaire GCSC, followed by a trip to the new Lansdowne road to watch Celtic v Inter Milan and then some music back at the clubhouse in Dun Laoghaire. Dun Laogahire Glasgow Celtic Supporters Club organised a team for our friendly match, a BBQ, and a great band in Celtic Storm for that evening.
Dun Padraig had a mix of youth and older heads in our team and what some lacked in footballing skills and match fitness; we made up for in our enthusiasm. Dun Laoghaire on the otherhand seemed more prepared for the match than our guys but sometimes desire prevails over all else and Downpatrick ran out worthy winners at 2-1, our goals being scored by Neil Greene and Marty Logue respectively.
The match was followed by a much needed BBQ and a few liquid refreshments before the bus took us to the Aviva to watch the professionals play against the Italians for the first time since our famous victory back in 1967. This time unfortunately, we couldn’t replicate the result.
The day was brought to a very enjoyable conclusion later that evening with great music back in Dun Laoghaire. Our club chairman, Mr George Greene presented Dun Laoghaire GCSC with a commemorative medal and the Ulster flag to mark the occasion. He also thanked them for making it possible to mark the memory of our great friend, Joe Lyttle (as well as some of our other members, who are sadly no longer with us), and he called on this to be made into and annual event.
A big thank you goes out to all that took part in what was a great day. I’m sure lifelong friendships have been made in Dun Laoghaire.