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Irish Amputee Football Association National League Senior Cup champions

B won the inaugural Irish Amputee Football Association National League Senior Cup in Middleton yesterday.

James Boyle claimed all three of Bohs’ goals as the Gypsies beat Cork City 1-0 and rivals Shamrock Rovers 2-0 at Knockgriffin Park, while Amanda King played a starring role.

Both the competition and the Bohs team were organised by Christy McElligott, a former St Patrick’s Athletic footballer who is now an FAI Football for All Coach.

McElligott said: “These games were the pilot now for what we hope will be an extended league with more League of Ireland clubs involved in March.

“Everyone involved had a brilliant time yesterday and it’s something we want to build upon. It exceeded all expectations.”

Photos courtesy of Cork City FC and Doug Minihane.

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2018 MATCH TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets to all of Bohemians’ 2018 SSE Airtricity League games are now on sale from tickets.bohemians.ie.

Bohs kick off the new season at Dalymount Park on Friday February 16 against Shamrock Rovers.

Please note that online sales for this game are for home fans ONLY. Any away fans in the Jodi Stand face being removed from the ground.

Away fans must purchase tickets directly from Shamrock Rovers – their allocation for the Des Kelly Stand will be made available from Tallaght Stadium in the coming weeks.

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MORE THAN A CLUB LAUNCH

The More Than A Club Programme was launched at Dalymount Park today by the Football Association of Ireland, Bohemian FC and the Bohemian Foundation.

The More than a Club Programme is a partnership between Bohemian FC and the FAI with the objective of creating a sustainable social enterprise in our community, which will develop and deliver life sciences and sporting programmes to promote social inclusion.

This programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund’s Ireland-Wales Programme and will be rolled out by two SSE Airtricity League clubs (Bohemian FC and Cork City FC) as well as two clubs in Wales (Conwy Borough FC and Haverfordwest County AFC), for an initial 18 months.

Each club will be provided with two full-time and one part-time staff for the duration of the project.

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Carina O’Brien and Shane Fox will be working full-time with Bohemians, while Ger Coughlan has take up the part-time role.

Programmes which will be delivered from February 2018 will engage with all age groups in our diverse community including:

  • Numeracy through football with primary school children
  • Run the Club with young people aged 16-24
  • Sporting Memories with older people
  • Walking Football with people with disabilities
  • Football playing and coaching in Mountjoy Prison

It is envisaged that the More than a Club Programme will build on the success of the Bohemian Foundation and enable it to expand its reach throughout our community.

Bohemian FC President Chris Brien said: “We are proud of what we do in the area.

“We have been involved with the northside community for 128 years and as a members-owned club, we are very aware of our responsibilities to that community.

“The Bohemian Foundation has carried out a lot of work with minimal resources in terms of finance and people.

“We’ve carried out weekly walking football sessions in Cabra with children with autism and adults with mental health issues, we have walking football in Ballymun for unemployed and retired people.

“In Mountjoy Prison, we run football coaching and competitions as well as comedy workshops with the prisoners. We’ve also run the comedy workshops for homeless people with Focus Ireland.

“We visit schools regularly to advise children of healthy eating habits among other things.

“We don’t do this to feel good about ourselves. We as a club are in and of the north Dublin community and we have a duty to contribute to that community.

“We have a duty to help improve the situations of those people living in the area from which we garner our support.

“We hope that this partnership will allow us to move to another level so we can expand and build upon the work we’ve already been doing.”

FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin said: “We expect that the project will empower football clubs to recognise and utilise the powerful attraction of football and the value of their own club brand locally to promote social good.

“It will encourage them to work in partnerships with key agencies and groups with an interest in community development to deliver important social programmes.

“In the process, we will see the clubs evolving as more valuable community entities and becoming more relevant to local people.

“The FAI is delighted to be able to facilitate this opportunity for Bohemians and the Bohemian Foundation.

“We believe that if football clubs engage with their community in a more inclusive way, it can positively affect the club’s sustainability.

“We hope this model being developed in cooperation with Bohemians can act as a flagship model, which other SSE Airtricity League clubs can look to emulate.

“Following engagement with all SSE Airtricity League clubs, Bohemians and Cork City were invited to participate in this pilot project because we believe that both clubs have a genuine appetite to broaden their footprint in the local community.

“The Bohemian Foundation’s community engagement policy has already made a difference in many people’s lives.

“Over the next five years, Dalymount Park will be transformed into a modern facility which will cater for the requirements of a successful SSE Airtricity League Premier Division club and, just as importantly, it will also cater for the needs of the local community, ensuring the club is placed at the centre of its community and fans.”

Carina O’Brien, Bohemian FC More Than A Club Football Enterprise Coordinator, said: “Society has become all too familiar with inequality and injustice where the wants of the individual are prioritised over the needs of the collective.

“However, as I’ve come to learn from my short time with the club so far, the ethos of Bohemians is to challenge this. In difficult times, the club has remained resilient.

“This new project will act as a scaffolding that will build upon the work already being carried out by the Foundation and help deliver programmes to the community.”

More Than A Club – Bohemian FC launch

O’Hora joins Brighton

Bohemians can confirm that defender Warren O’Hora has joined Premier League side Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

Having captained the Bohemians U17 and U19 sides, the 18-year-old’s rapid ascent saw him become a first-team regular after making his league debut against St Patrick’s Athletic in June.

The Cabra man’s final game in red and black saw him help Graham Lawlor’s Bohs U19s to the SSE Airtricity U19 League title with a win against St Patrick’s Athletic in November.

O’Hora, who joined Bohs from St Kevin’s Boys, said: “It’s been a really enjoyable few years at the club.

“I want to thank all the staff and fans for their support during my time at the club. I’ve loved my time at Dalymount.

“In particular I want to thank Keith Long for giving me my chance to play first-team football.

“Playing first-team football was very physical and much quicker than U19s football. I felt that I adapted well to it and learned a lot.

“I also owe a lot to Jimmy Mowlds who signed me for the U17s and to Graham with the U19s.

“Everyone at the club have been great for me.”

But now O’Hora is looking forward to trying to make a name for himself on one of the greatest stages in world football.

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He said: “We all want to make it as professional footballers in the Premier League, so it helps to be at a good training ground with excellent surroundings every day.

“I just can’t wait to get started, get into the U23s, get in the gym and work hard every day. Hopefully I can do well and play in the Premier League at some point.

“I’ve met a few of the lads already, there’s a few Irish boys here already and I’ve played with some of them at international level.

“The team are great and made me feel right at home straight away. Knowing people from home makes it a bit easier.”

Wishing O’Hora all the best with his move, Bohs manager Long said: “Warren’s accomplished a lot in his few years with us.

“He has shown level of ability, maturity and mentality beyond his years and was a consistent performer for us in the second half of last season in a key position.

“He took the step-up to first-team football in his stride. Moving to a club in the Premier League at such a young age is obviously another huge step for him but I believe he has the ability to progress to that level.

“It’s a testament to his own ability and hard work but also to the work Jimmy has done at U17 level and that Graham is doing with our U19s that the club is producing players of his calibre.”

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BRIDIE CUFFE RIP

The board of Bohemian FC wish to extend our condolences to former club President Gerry Cuffe and his family on the passing of his mother, Bridie Cuffe.

DEATH NOTICE

CUFFE (née Macnamara), (Palmerstown, Dublin and formerly of Corofin, Co. Clare) January 10th 2018 (peacefully) in the loving care of the staff at Mount Hybla Nursing Home, Castleknock. Bridie, beloved wife of the late James and dear mother of Gerard and Anne. Sadly missed by her loving son, daughter, grandchildren James, Conor and Seán, son-in-law Gerard, daughter-in-law Kathleen, sisters, brother, relatives and friends.

Rest in peace

Reposing at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, Lucan on Thursday (Jan 11th) evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Removal to St. Philomena’s Church, Palmerstown on Friday (Jan 12th) morning arriving for Requiem Mass at 10.00am followed by burial in Palmerstown Cemetery.

Bohemian FC Amputee Team launched

Keith Long, members of the Bohemian FC first team, Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha and local representatives were in attendance at Dalymount Park yesterday to welcome the launch of the Bohemian FC Amputee Team.

The Bohemians team, whose kit was donated by Hummel, will compete in the FAI’s new amputee league, which is due to commence on January 20.

The team will be run by Christy McElligott, a former St Patrick’s Athletic footballer who is now an FAI Football for All Coach.

McElligott said: “The league is a brainchild that we had last year. We wanted to enable adults and kids who are amputees to be able to play football.

“At the moment, the league will start with three teams but we hope to confirm a fourth before the season starts.

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“By the end of the year, we hope to extend it further to six teams. When clubs see the benefits of initiatives like this, we think they will want to come on board.

“They will be impressed by the commitment and quality of the players involved, and by the standard.

“The games will be exciting, the games will be fun, the games will be competitive.”

McElligott lost his leg in a road traffic accident in 2001 and has been involved with the Ireland International Amputee Team set-up for over five years.

He said: “When I lost my leg, I thought football was gone for me forever.

“But amputee football has given me the opportunity to get back involved and playing.

“For your health and well-being, football is the best medicine and I encourage amputees to get involved – they will feel the benfits.”

A former Bohs youth player Stefan Balog had a leg amputated after an accident last year and he too will link up with the new Bohemians Amputee Team.

McElligott added: “This league gives people like Stefan the ability to do what they loved doing as a kid – play for Bohs. This is what it’s all about.”

Bohemian FC first-team manager Keith Long, a former team-mate of McElligott at St Pat’s, said: “This is the kind of initiative we are extremely proud to support as a club.

“It enriches the ethos of our club and everything we are trying to do both on and off the pitch, through the likes of the Bohemian Foundation.

“I have known Christy a long time and I’m delighted he and his team are going to be a part of the club.”

Bohemian FC President Chris Brien said: “The idea of ‘Football for All’ is something we as a club strongly believe in.

“Beyond the first team, we want people playing for our club at all levels regardless of ability or disability.

“That’s what a club should be about and we’re delighted to be involved with the new league.”

A video of the launch can be found on the FAI’s YouTube channel.

Extensive coverage of both the launch of the amputee team and subsequent press conference with Keith Long, Keith Ward and Rob Cornwall can also be found in today’s newspapers and online.

Amputee team:
Irish Examiner
Irish Independent
Irish Sun
The42.ie

First team:
Evening Herald
Irish Daily Mirror
Irish Independent
Irish Sun

Additional photographs are on our Facebook page and on Sportsfile and Inpho.

Launch of the new Bohemian FC Amputee Team

“I realised there was nowhere else I wanted to be”

Bohemians are delighted to announce the return of Keith Buckley to Dalymount Park.

 Buckley, 25, became a fans’ favourite in his seven years with the club between 2010 and 2016 before spending last season with Bray Wanderers.
Welcoming ‘Bucko’ back to the club, manager Keith Long said: “This is a great signing for us.
“It’s no secret that we didn’t want him to leave in the first place.
“He was virtually an ever-present for me before he left, so he is a player and person I hold in high regard.
“With Fuad Sule leaving, he is an excellent fit for us to fill that void.
“They have similarities as players too. They’re both diminutive and combative midfielders.
“Bucko had a great year with Bray but I don’t want to focus too much on the past.
“This is a fresh start for him now and I think he’s more than capable of having an excellent second stint with the club.
“It gives the team and the club as a whole a great boost.”
Buckley too is relishing his return. He will link up with his team-mates at pre-season tomorrow.
He said: “It’s good to be going home – it felt like it was only a matter of time.
“The moment of realisiation for me was going to see Bohs play Dundalk midweek last year.
“Seeing all the fans and the reception I got, seeing legends like Turlough O’Connor in the Jameson Bar and staff like Lynn O’Neill around the place, I realised there was no other place I wanted to be.
“I missed the place so much, but when I went back it was like I never left.
“I tried to go back in the summer, so I’m delighted it’s finally happened.
“The job Keith Long has done at Bohs is incredible. He demands the best of his players and everyone at the club is buying into it.
“There’s a good buzz around Dalymount and I’m delighted that I can be a part of it again.
“I can’t wait to start pre-season and I’ll do anything to be in that line-up on February 16.”
Long now has 24 players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Kevin Devaney, Philip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, Darragh Leahy, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Karl Moore, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Derek Pender, Shane Supple, Ryan Swan, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.
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LEFT-BACK LEAHY JOINS FROM COVENTRY

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of left-back Darragh Leahy from Coventry City.

A product of St Kevin’s Boys, the 19-year-old joined the Sky Blues in 2015.

During his time with Coventry, Leahy won eight Ireland under-19 caps, scoring three goals, and captained his country in a friendly against Slovakia in February.

And after loan spells with Nuneaton Town, the Swords man decided it was time to return home.

Welcoming Leahy to the club, manager Keith Long said: “Darragh started pre-season with the lads the other day and I am looking forward to working with him.

“It’s a big adjustment to senior football but he has a good pedigree and has had a good schooling with St Kevin’s.

“Left-back was a position where we needed to strengthen and we’ve had an agreement in principle with him for a few weeks now.

“He’s a left-back but is comfortable playing at centre-back too if needs be.”

Meanwhile, Bohemians have provisionally arranged the following pre-season friendlies:

  • Tuesday January 23rd: Drogheda Utd v Bohemians (United Park, 7.45pm)
  • Friday January 26th: Bohemians v Finn Harps (Venue TBC, 7.45pm)
  • Tuesday January 30th: Bohemians v Longford Town (AUL Complex, 7.45pm)
  • Friday February 9th: Galway United v Bohemians (Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45pm)

Please note that kick-off times and venues are subject to change and also require approval from the FAI.

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A message from Keith Long

I just wanted to write a short to note to wish all Bohemian FC supporters a very merry Christmas and a peaceful new year.

In particular the Junior Gypsies – I hope Santa Claus brings you everything you wish for this year.

It was a very enjoyable 2017 for us, the management team and players.

We have created a strong identity as a club and the values of our teams at all levels are reflected in their performances on the pitch.

We could not have done this without your unwavering support and on behalf of the staff and players, we sincerely thank you.

We look forward with optimism to 2018 and we hope you will be proud of your teams.

Players and supporters together.

Keith Long
Manager
Bohemian FC

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WELCOME HOME KARL MOORE

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the return of Karl Moore to Dalymount Park.

Moore enjoyed four seasons with the club between 2012 and 2015, making 105 league appearances and scoring five goals before joining Bray Wanderers.

The 29-year-old can play on either wing and also lined out at left-back for the Seagulls.

A Bohs fan growing up and a product of St Kevin’s Boys, Moore joined Manchester when he was 16 and spent nearly six years at Eastlands.

During his time at City, he was an FA Youth Cup runner-up and was capped for Ireland at underage level all the way up to Under-21s.

He returned to Ireland in 2010, lining out for UCD, Galway United and Shamrock Rovers before settling at Bohs in 2012.

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A fans’ favourite, the highlight of his first stint at Bohs was scoring a brace in the 4-0 Dublin derby win over Shamrock Rovers in June 2012.

Manager Keith Long said: “Karl coming back to the club is a really good signing for us.

“He’s a player with bags of ability and he’s returning to us more experienced now after two good seasons with Bray.

“He can play on either flank but he’s been equally as good at left-back for Bray too.

“We believe he can reproduce that form here and that we can rely on his experience to help bring some of our younger players through too.

“We’re starting pre-season on December 28 and I’m looking forward to working with Karl again.”

Long now has 23 players under contract at Bohemians for next season: Oscar Brennan, Dan Byrne, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Rob Cornwall, Kevin Devaney, Philip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Paddy Kavanagh, Paddy Kirk, JJ Lunney, Cristian Magerusan, Colin McCabe, Karl Moore, Eoghan Morgan, Ian Morris, Derek Pender, Fuad Sule, Shane Supple, Ryan Swan, Warren O’Hora, Keith Ward, John Ross Wilson.

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