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Football is your passion. You go to every match. You never miss a game. Football is in your blood. Now imagine you lost your sight. What would you do?

The reality is that there are over 54,000 people living with serious visual impairment or blindness across Ireland and this number is growing.

Many of those people affected by sight loss are isolated and alone and have even stopped accessing their favourite pastimes or hobbies.

If you have a passion for football, how can you go to your local game when you can’t see the play or what’s happening?

Good news: NCBI is now working in partnership with Bohemians to enable people with sight loss to support their local team through audio description.

James Flanagan, Recreation and Fitness Coordinator from the Iona Resource Centre, will provide audio description of the matches whilst being seated with blind and vision impaired supporters so that once again they can enjoy the passion of the game.

Flanagan explains: “Everyone should have access to sport, regardless of disability. Bohemians is my local team and I am excited at the prospect of enabling people with sight loss to support their local team. Sport should be accessible for everyone.”

When someone has being diagnosed with a sight impairment, they have already suffered the loss of their sight, nobody should have to lose anything else from their life, and certainly not the enjoyment they get from supporting their local game.

If you – or someone you know – have stopped attending Bohs games due to sight loss, please get in touch. We want you and can support you!

If you are interested in partaking in this scheme please contact

See Irish Times article for more or listen to Ray Darcy show segment.

Daniel Lambert, James Flanagan and Ray Darcy

“It’s a good opportunity for players to show what they can do”

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup
Saturday September 7, Excelsior Stadium, 1pm

The involvement of Irish clubs in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup has come in for much criticism and derision.

Even the name of it seems to invite a sneer.

But for Robbie McCourt, the competition formerly known as the IRN-BRU Cup, already holds fond memories and represents an opportunity for him and many like him to stake their claim for first-team football.

Glasnevin man McCourt, a product of Bohs’ partners St Kevin’s Boys, returned home last summer after three years with West Brom.

And it was in this competition that McCourt made his first-team debut in a 1-0 win away to Peterhead this time 12 months ago.[t0ggle title="READ MORE"]

Ali Reghba, who signed for Premier League Leicester City in July, did likewise.

McCourt, 21, said: “I played 80 minutes and I enjoyed it. Ali made his debut in that game too and look at him now.”

Both were then thrust into league action a fortnight later in a Dublin derby against St Pat’s. McCourt bagged one and Reghba netted twice in a 3-1 win in Richmond Park.

McCourt said: “Yeah that was a good game, an enjoyable one for me and for Ali getting the goals. That’s where I kind of announced myself as a Bohs player and I want to be able to do that again.”

Players of similar inexperience could find themselves sampling first-team football for the first time tomorrow with the carrot of further opportunities dangling in front of them.

With bigger priorities ahead, several regular starters have been left at home.

Instead, this tournament is being used as a chance to give those on the fringes of the first team some game-time and to expose some of the U19s to first-team football.

Six of Craig Sexton’s current U19 squad – Seán Bohan, Mitchell Byrne, Alex Kelly, Ross Tierney, Brandon Bermingham and Dawson Devoy – are included in the travelling party who made the journey today from Dublin to Belfast to get a ferry to Cairnryan and coach onwards to Motherwell where they will stay overnight tonight.

McCourt said: “It’s a good opportunity for players to get a chance to show what they can do, to make a name for themselves. The lads coming up from the U19s tomorrow and who might get an opportunity know it’s a chance to play themselves into the reckoning.

“Everyone in the group want to win this competition. It’s something different but I think it’s a good tournament. There’s some good teams in it and we’re coming up against opposition we wouldn’t otherwise.”

While McCourt is a fan of the tournament, not everyone is so keen.

Scottish clubs and media alike have questioned the merit – and expense – in inviting League of Ireland, Irish League, Welsh League and English Conference teams to compete in it.

Last season Bohs were the first League of Ireland club to win a tie in the tournament and went one further to reach the quarter-finals by beating English side Sutton United in a dramatic penalty shootout.

The fact that the quarter-final tie was scheduled to take place after the League of Ireland season had finished invited further scrutiny as to the benefit of Irish clubs’ involvement.

Bohs’ offer to extend their season to accommodate the last-eight tie against East Fife being played in November was ignored by many of the detractors in the Scottish media, however.

The Gypsies instead agreed to a date in February, despite it being in pre-season and thus weakening their chances of progression. But much to the dismay of supporters who travelled over from Scotland, the tie was called off due to a frozen pitch minutes before it was due to kick off.

Running out of available dates to fulfill the tie and with the League of Ireland kicking off a week later, the decision was made to withdraw from that season’s tournament.

None of that has served to endear Irish clubs’ involvement to a skeptical Scottish football family.

In Ireland, similar doubts exist.

The fact the FAI Cup quarter-finals are scheduled the same week as when Irish clubs are supposed to compete in the Scottish Challenge Cup is a source of much frustration.

Many argue – convincingly – that Irish clubs’ participation in the Scottish Challenge Cup taking precedence over the last-eight of the FAI Cup is an insult to the country’s premier cup competition.

It is particularly frustrating considering the same scheduling clash occurred last season. Once was perhaps understandable, but for it to happen a second time is hard to fathom.

Ultimately international call-ups to Derry City players last season meant that FAI Cup tie would not proceed on the scheduled date anyway.

Similarly, Ireland U21 call-ups for Danny Mandroiu and Darragh Leahy this time around mean Bohs’ FAI Cup quarter-final against Crumlin United would not have proceeded this weekend either.

But if Irish clubs are to continue in this tournament, the scheduling of the FAI Cup ought to be addressed and given the respect it deserves.

None of those concerns will come into the players’ thinking when they line out tomorrow. It is a chance to play their way into Keith Long’s first-team plans.

McCourt added: “I haven’t played much but when I do play, I like to give my all for the team. It’s a chance to show what we can do. Hopefully I can get in and play as many game as I can.

“We’ve important games coming up in the league and cup between now and the end of the season and you want to play in those.

“Obviously it can be frustrating not playing but the lads who have been there have playing very well. The likes of Keith Buckley and Conor Levingston, they have a good partnership so it’s been hard for me and the likes of Scotty Allardice to get in.

“When we have got in, I think we’ve played well but with such good midfielders it’s a difficult task to stay in the team.

“But the best thing about this group is that everyone pushes each other. In training we’re all on to each other the whole time as we all want the best for the team.

“That’s why we’ve done well so far this season and we want to continue that and push ourselves even further.”[/toggle]

Dundalk v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Sexton wants Dalymount Roar behind U19s in Uefa Youth League

Bohemians U19 boss Craig Sexton wants the Dalymount roar behind his side in the Uefa Youth League next month.

In Nyon, Switzerland, yesterday the Bohs U19s were drawn to play Greek side PAOK in the first round of the Champions Path of the competition.

The Gypsies are at home first at Dalymount Park on Wednesday October 2 with the return leg in Thessalonica three weeks later on October 23.

The winners of the tie will face Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine or Shkëndija of North Macedonia in the following round.

Sexton said: “We don’t know a whole lot about PAOK yet but we obviously know their first team has been quite successful in European competition.


“So it’s a massive game against a club with big European calibre. It’s a huge honour and opportunity for our players. They’re testing themselves against the very best in Europe at their age.”

A crowd of 1600 got behind the Bohs U19s in Dalyer last year for the second leg of their Uefa Youth League tie against Danes FC Midtjylland.

There was a sense of realisation for supporters and members of the club of the hard work being done behind the scenes at youth level.

Bohs Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert, Bohs-SKB Technical Director Alan Caffrey and Bohs U19 boss Craig Sexton at yesterday's draw in Nyon

Bohs Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert, Bohs-SKB Technical Director Alan Caffrey and Bohs U19 boss Craig Sexton at yesterday's draw in Nyon

That is from Sexton’s U19s all they way down through to the player pathway partnership teams with St Kevin’s at U17, U15 and U13 level and beyond at both clubs, with the proof being in the success stories being brought through to Keith Long’s first team: the likes of Warren O’Hora, Andy Lyons, Paddy Kirk, Daniel Grant, Ali Reghba, Ryan Graydon and Ross Tierney among others.

Sexton’s side are chasing a third league title in a row, hold a 14-point lead in the Northern Elite Division and have also qualified for the final of the Enda McGuill Cup once more where they will face Shamrock Rovers.

But representing the country in the Uefa Youth League is the pinnacle of their achievements and a chance for the players to show what they can do on an international stage.

Sexton said: “We got a big crowd behind us at Dalymount last year and we’ll need that again. Now that people have seen what we can do last year we might get an even bigger crowd.

“We’ll be up against a side with good pedigree so a big support behind us at home in the first leg will be important.”

Sexton and his staff are still exploring the logistics and travel arrangements for the return leg.

He said: “Travel-wise, it’s going to be a challenge for us. It’ll be a long way to go for the team but that will be part of the experience.”

Last season Bohs lost out 4-2 on aggregate to Midtjylland, who subsequently knocked out giants Roma and Manchester United before bowing out against eventual winners Porto.

Sexton’s selection options were curtailed last year due to the competition’s complicated player eligibility rules and was forced to raid the Bohs-SKB U17s and U15s to fill his substitutes bench.

Sexton said: “Last year was a hugely positive experience for management and players and their development. We all learned a lot from it.

“We don’t have quite the same issues regarding eligible players this year so we will have a larger pool to pick from this year, so thankfully we have more options than we did last year, but we will still look to include some U17s.”


Craig Sexton and Alex Kelly - Stephen Burke


Five of this year’s Bohs-SKB U17s squad are on international duty with Ireland U17s in Alicante, Spain, this week where they will play Russia twice in friendly games: Colin Conroy, Evan Ferguson, Bosun Lawal (now with Watford), Robbie Mahon and Gavin O’Brien.

Bohs-SKB U17s in Alicante


Bohemians U19 manager Craig Sexton is delighted to be handed a ‘glamourous tie’ after they were drawn against PAOK FC in the UEFA Youth League.

The draw, which took place in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today, saw the SSE Airtricity League Under-19 Champions drawn against the Champions of Greece jn the first round of the Domestic Champions path.

It will be the second time Bohemians will compete in the competition after they suffered a narrow two-legged defeat against Danish Champions FC Midtjylland last season, who went on to beat Roma and Manchester United, and reach the quarter-finals.

“Travel-wise, it’s going to be a challenge for us. It’ll be a long way to go for the team but that will be part of the experience which this tournament offers and we’re looking forward to it,” said Sexton.


“We don’t know too much about PAOK at the moment so we’ll do our homework on them. But, they’re a big name in European football and it’s great for everybody. It’s great for the club, players and the entire league that we’re represented in the competition.

“We’re going to get to test ourselves against the very best and it is a glamorous tie which will definitely get the lads excited and it’ll be another fantastic opportunity for them to play on the European stage.”

Bohemians U19 are currently having another fantastic season with the team set to finish top of the Northern Elite Division with the finals stage to follow. Bohemians have also reached the final of the U19 Enda McGuill Cup where they’re set to face Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers.

“We’ve got a number of players from last season who will still be eligible to play this season which is great. It’s fantastic, it’s brilliant for the entire league,” said Sexton.

“It’s not just about Bohemians, it’s about everyone in underage football in Ireland and that the league gets to have these experiences.

“We need to share what we’re doing as a league to benefit everybody across youth football and hopefully this is an experience we can bring back into the league which will benefit everybody.”

The ties are set to be played on October 2 and 23.

Bohs Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert, Bohs-SKB Technical Director Alan Caffrey and Bohs U19 boss Craig Sexton at yesterday's draw in Nyon


The Bohemians U19s will tomorrow find out who they will face in the opening round of the Uefa Youth League.

64 teams enter the competition – 32 qualify via the Uefa Champions League path based on fact their senior team have qualified for the Uefa Champions League, while the 32, including Bohemians, qualify via domestic champions path having won their underage league.

The champions path has been split into four groups of eight meaning Bohs will face one of Rennes (France), Porto (Portugal), Young Boys (Switzerland), PAOK (Greece), Brodarac (Serbia), Rangers (Scotland) or Liepãja (Latvia).

The draw will be made at 1pm Irish time and will be streamed live on the Uefa website.

The domestic champions round one matches are over two legs and pencilled in for October 2 and October 23.

As well as representing Ireland on an international stage, it is an exciting time for Bohs and our League of Ireland player pathway partnership teams with St Kevin’s Boys on the home front too.

As we near the end of the regulation league rounds and the beginning of the knockout phases, all four teams top their division/group.

Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s, chasing a third league title in a row, hold a 14-point lead in the Northern Elite Division and have also qualified for the final of the Enda McGuill Cup where they will face Shamrock Rovers (date/venue tbc).

At U17, U15 and U13 level, Bohs-SKB hold more moderate leads on top of each division/group under the steady guidance of Jimmy Mowlds, Ger Browne and Karl Lambe respectively.

And there was further international recognition for our Bohs U17 women’s team in their inaugural season in the WNL with Alannah Maxwell and Chloe Darby representing the Ireland U19s in their 2-1 defeat against Austria on Thursday.


  • U19: Bohemians 8 (B Bermingham 3, D Devoy 2, M O’Keane, T Considine, K Mashigo) Drogheda United 1
  • U17: Drogheda United 3 Bohs-SKB 4 (E Ferguson, C Conroy, R Mahon, L O’Sullivan)
  • U15: Galway United 0 Bohs-SKB 3 (J Mullins 2, E Harte)
  • U13: Bohemians 5 (R Markey, M Tarzan, A Coyle, M Cherico, J Okagbue) Galway United 0


Mountjoy Gardaí are holding an open meeting to discuss setting up a business watch scheme in Phibsborough.

Meeting will be held at Phibsborough Scout Hall, Royal Canal Bank, Thursday September 11, 11am.

All local business owners/managers invited.

“Each game is a new one and you can’t be thinking about previous meetings”

SSE Airtricity League
Friday August 30 2019, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

Derek Pender believes the best chance of continuing Bohemians’ recent record against Shamrock Rovers is forgetting it exists in the first place.

Bohs travel to Tallaght Stadium tomorrow looking to continue a remarkable run against their arch-rivals of seven wins and a draw in their last eight meetings.

The last time Rovers claimed the Dublin derby bragging rights was May 2017. But second in the table and unbeaten in 10 domestic games, there is more expectation than ever on Stephen Bradley’s Hoops going into this fixture.

For Bohs skipper ‘Detser’, that is not something he or his team-mates will dwell on. Their number one priority is making sure their own performance is the best it can be.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it. The Dublin derbies are great occasions to play in for both sets of players. It’s a game every player wants to be involved in.


“People go on about the record, but that’s not something we can think about. Each game is a new one and you can’t be thinking about previous meetings.

“Rovers are in great form at the moment, so it would be foolish to think about any previous games against them.

“We know how important these games are important to fans. But we’re under no illusions as to how tough a game it will be.

“Fans have been right behind us in recent years – not just in Rovers games. But in games like that they really get behind you which is hugely important and gives everyone a lift, particularly somewhere like Tallaght.”

While Rovers come into the game in good form, Bohs’ is a bit on the bumpy side.

In recent weeks they have had it all: The release of coming from 2-0 down at 85 minutes to beat Shelbourne 3-2 in the FAI Cup, the elation of notching the club’s record league victory in a 10-1 win against UCD, the humiliation of a 6-1 defeat to Dundalk in the EA Sports Cup and, most recently, the relief of scraping past Longford Town in the FAI Cup on penalties.

It has been a roller-coaster few games. But Pender admits the team’s performances during that period need to be improved upon if they are to get anything out of tomorrow’s game.

Pender, 34, said: “UCD game aside, we haven’t been playing as well as we are capable of. We know we can do better.

“The performance in Dundalk was probably the worst we’ve played in about three years.

“The most important thing was we got over the line against Longford last week. We started afresh this week in training and it’s been a good week.

“Training has been positive and now we want to go out and give a performance we are capable of.”

Pender has for several seasons been deservedly one of the first names on the teamsheet but over the past year, Andy Lyons has started to challenge him for that right-back berth.

Ireland U19 star Lyons has deputised ably when called upon and benefited from Pender’s recent lengthy suspension for the post-match melee away to UCD in July.

Manager Keith Long will have another welcome headache deciding between the two tomorrow.

In a recent preview, Lyons hailed the impact his captain has had on his development. He said: “Detser has been great to me as he has been to all the younger players and squad as a whole. He looks after all the younger players.

“You learn so much from him all the time both on the pitch and off the pitch but because we play the same position, he has taught me so much on top of that.

“He makes you a better player every time you train with him. He’s been marking some of the same players for 8/9/10 years and he will always help me by giving me little snippets of information on them if I’m playing and how to mark them.”

Despite battling for the same spot in the team, the respect Pender has for a player 15 years his junior is mutual.

Pender said: “Andy has been brilliant for us since he broke into the team last year. Because of how good he has been you forget how young he is. He only did his Leaving Cert this year, which he gets a bit of slagging about.

“But it doesn’t matter what age he is. He’s shown he’s good enough and it’s important that we have that competition throughout the team and it pushes us all on.”


Conor Levingston and Keith Ward are both rated 50/50 with groin strains. Ryan Graydon (ankle) also a doubt.

Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) and Dinny Corcoran (ankle) remain unavailable.

Bohemians Squad Portraits 2019


Uefa Youth League draw this Tuesday

The Bohemians U19s will face Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Craig Sexton’s side sealed their place in the decider on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Shelbourne thanks to goals from Dawson Devoy and Brandon Bermingham.

Rovers followed suit last night by beating Sligo Rovers 3-1 in their last-four tie at Roadstone. No date has been set for the final and the venue is likely to be decided by a coin toss.

Bohs won this competition last season with a 2-1 win away to St Pat’s in the final in Richmond Park with Ali Reghba on target twice.

They also defended their league title in a final win against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium with Reghba also the goalscorer.

It is an exciting time for Sexton’s side.


They are 14 points clear at the top of the Northern Elite Division of the U19 League with three games to go before the knockout phases and some are expected to taste first-team action in the forthcoming Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup tie away to Airdrieonians on Saturday week.

But before that, they will find out this Tuesday who they face in the Uefa Youth League when the domestic champions path draw is held.

64 teams enter the competition – 32 qualify via the Uefa Champions League path based on fact their senior team have qualified for the Uefa Champions League, while the 32, including Bohemians, qualify via domestic champions path having won their underage league.

The domestic champions round one matches are over two legs and due to be played on October 2 and October 23. For more information on the competition format, visit the Uefa website.

Last season Bohs lost out 4-2 on aggregate to Danes FC Midtjylland, but were up against a side with designs on winning the competition and who subsequently knocked out giants Roma and Manchester United before bowing out against Porto.

The 31 potential opponents for Bohemians in the first round are (please note the draw could, like last year, end up being regionalised):

  • Real Zaragoza (ESP)
  • Derby County (ENG)
  • Rennes (FRA)
  • Porto (POR, holders)
  • Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
  • Young Boys (SUI)
  • PAOK (GRE)
  • Midtjylland (DEN)
  • Maccabi Petah Tikva (ISR)
  • Viitorul (ROU)
  • Korona Kielce (POL)
  • Elfsborg (SWE)
  • Gabala (AZE)
  • Ludogorets (BUL)
  • Brodarac (SRB)
  • Rangers (SCO)
  • FC Minsk (BLR)
  • Astana (KAZ)
  • Sogndal (NOR)
  • Domžale (SVN)
  • Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
  • Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)
  • Shkëndija (ALB)
  • ÍA Akranes (ISL)
  • MTK Budapest (HUN)
  • Shkëndija (MKD)
  • Honka (FIN)
  • Zrinjski (BIH)
  • Liepāja (LVA)
  • Levadia Tallinn (EST)

U19 manager  Craig Sexton and Jack Casey during Tuesday's semi-final win over Shelbourne - Stephen Burke


The FAI Cup quarter-final tie between Crumlin United and Bohemians has been scheduled for Monday September 16.

Venue and kick-off time TBC. This tie could not proceed on the scheduled weekend of September 6-8 due to combination of international call-ups and Bohs’ involvement in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup.

Bohemians v Longford Town - FAI Cup Second Round
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