There was a strong Laois link with Dundalk’s thrilling FAI Cup success in the Aviva Stadium with Rathdowney man Shane Keegan a key part of the Dundalk backroom team.
Dundalk won 4-2 after extra time, with David McMillan hitting a hat-trick for the Louth side.
Dundalk’s success denies Shamrock Rovers a first league and cup double since 1987 while it’s a second cup triumph for Dundalk in three years.
Keegan, who has previously managed Galway Utd and Wexford Youths in the League of Ireland, joined Dundalk in a part-time role as Opposition Analyst earlier this season under manager Vinny Perth.
But when Perth left and was replaced by Italian duo Filippo Giovagnoli and Giuseppe Rossi, Keegan moved to a full-time position and his Uefa Pro Licence was a huge addition to the club as it allowed him assume the manager’s role during European games as he was the only person in the club to hold it.
Tonight’s cup success is the latest in an incredibly busy spell for Dundalk.
They played Europa League in Norway against Molde on Thursday night and will complete their European campaign this coming Thursday when they are back in the Aviva to play Arsenal on what will incidentally be Keegan’s 39th birthday.