Club Sponsorship

St Kevin's Boys Club - Dublin & District Schoolboys League

Eight Magnificent Seasons


The Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (London) actively supports the development of soccer talent in Ireland. In September 2000, the club entered into a two-year arrangement with St. Kevin's Boys Club, one of the leading schoolboy and youth football clubs in Dublin, to sponsor two Under-8 schoolboy teams in the Dublin and District Schoolboys League. The teams enjoyed league success in their first season and for 2001/2002 progressed to Under-9 competitions where they were winners and runners-up in their respective leagues. The boys also had the unique distinction of being the first teams from the same club to face each other in the DDSL Under-9A Cup final.

In recognition of this success, we agreed to continue their sponsorship for a further two years and it was pleasing to see the boys have another great season, taking league and cup honours at Under-10 level. In their first year in eleven-a-side competition, the team confirmed their status as the best of their age group in Dublin by winning the Under-11 Premier Division of the DDSL and the U-11 Cup.

RISSC (London) presenting sponsorship cheque to St Kevin's Boys Club

We agreed to maintain sponsorship of the team and the 2004/2005 season brought more success for the boys by winning the Ryan Cup, for Dublin Under-12's and the prestigious Norton Cup, the All-Ireland competition for Under-12's. They narrowly failed to make it a memorable treble by finishing runners-up to Cherry Orchard in the DDSL Under-12 Premier league, only faltering over the last few games.

The boys maintained their level of success by claiming the DDSL U-13 Premier Division title for season 2005/2006. The national Troy Cup at U13 level was also added to the trophy cabinet for this season.

We continue to sponsor the now U-14 DDSL Premier League team and Club Chairman, Stephen Harte together with Club Secretary, Dec Finnegan met with St Kevin's Club Coach Paul Boyle and Assistant Coach John Moore during November 2006 to endorse the arrangement.

As the 2006/2007 season drew to a close, St Kevin's Boys could reflect upon another excellent return on their efforts. The boys secured both the DDSL Thunder Cup and the SFAI Goodson Cup and finished runners-up in the League. Seven members of the squad represented Ireland at International underage level during the season and several can be expected to gain further international recognition through the underage ranks.

We were delighted to welcome St Kevin's Boys Club Coach Paul Boyle to our meeting in November 2007. Paul gave an informative and extremely interesting presentation relating to the structures of St Kevin's Boys, the aims and ambitions of the Club and the progress of the particular group of players with whom RISSC (London) have been associated over the past seven years.

The 2007/2008 season ended on a sunny Saturday 17 May 2008 when St Kevin's Boys lifted the National SFAI U15 Evans Cup with a superb performance in a three nil victory over Salthill Devon from Galway. On the previous weekend, the Boys secured the DDSL Premier Division League Title with a resounding victory over Stella Maris in Shanowen Road.

We at RISSC (London) must now say farewell to several of the boys who have thrilled us through the years as they embark upon the first stages of a professional football career. We all extend very best wishes to each and every one of the players and will hold a lasting attachment to them.

Many of our members will know that former captain Robbie Brady departed St Kevin's in January this year to join Manchester United, where at sixteen years of age, he has already seen service with the reserve side. The 2008/2009 season will commence on 1 July and see Jean Biansumba join Nottingham Forest, striker Anthony Bolger will head north to Aberdeen while centre back namesake Cian Bolger joins Leicester City. Midfielder Jeffrey Hendrick will join Derby County while Galway native Ethan Mannion is due to link up with West Bromwich Albion and Eoin Wearen will join West Ham United a little later on.

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