paul mcgrathPassing of Paul McGrath’s mother, Linda Moran.

It’s with the greatest of sadness that we learn of the passing of Linda Moran this evening, mother of our Under 19’s Captain, Paul McGrath. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul and his family at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing at her residence tomorrow, Wednesday, from 6pm to 8pm. House private please outside these times. Removal to St. Canice’s Church, Finglas on Thursday for 10am Mass followed burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
DAA Under 19’s Evening Herald Striker Interview

Well done to Ciaran, Damien and Paul on an excellent interview with the Evening Herald Striker publication at the recent LFL & DDSL Under 19’s Cup draw FAI Headquarters, Abbotstown recently.

Mary Delaney Funeral Arrangements
Mary Delaney

Delaney Mary (Josephine) (neé Malone) (Whitehall, Dublin) October 5th. 2015, at home, beloved wife of Eamonn and dear mother of Anita, Joanne, Anthony, Ciara , Paul, Jennifer and the late Eamon; sadly missed by her loving husband, daughters, sons, daughters-in-law Cherry, Shana and Lorraine, sons-in-law Alan, Damian, Conor and Eoin, grandchildren Ryan, Ben, Joshua, Louis, Isabelle, Molly, Sennan, Reece, Darl, Daisy, Finley and Oscar, sisters Helen, Patricia Jennifer and Cathy, brother Paul, extended family and friends.

May She Rest in Peace

Reposing in Lanigan’s Funeral Home, Beaumont Rd., on Wednesday 7th October 2015 from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Removal on Thursday to the Church of the Holy Child, Swords Rd., Whitehall arriving at 9.50 a.m. for Mass at 10 a.m. Funeral afterwards to Dardistown Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (

Mary Delaney RIP

It’s with the greatest of sadness that we learned of the passing of Mary Delaney this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eamon and the family at this difficult time. May Mary rest in peace.

Full funeral details will follow.

New season, new culture, new teams…

This coming Tuesday, the 7th of July will mark the return to pre-season for the players and staff of daa Football Club after a short break.

So what makes this year any different from previous years? Well, three or four teams instead of two for a start. These teams will be made up of 2 Senior, 1 Under 19’s and 1 Over 35’s. The inclusion of a second Senior team is subject to adequate playing numbers so make sure you and your mates get down and sign up! We will also have a new management/coaching team in place for the coming season headed up by Paul Milne, his brother David and Stephen Hanna. These positions will be supported by the U19’s & O’35’s managers.

Training will take place in the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport at 6:45pm sharp for all teams so make sure you’re there nice and early.

Should you have any questions regarding the above teams or training schedule below, don’t hesitate to contact Anthony Carey directly on 086-8337082 or

Pre-Season Training Schedule 2015-2016
2nd July Introduction day for new players  
Week 1 Tuesday 7th July Thursday 9th July Saturday 11th July
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Week 2 Tuesday 14th July Thursday 16th July Saturday 18th July
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Week 3 Tuesday 21st July Thursday 23rd July Saturday 25th July
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Week 4 Tuesday 28th July Thursday 30th July Saturday 1st August
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Week 5 Tuesday 4th August Thursday 6th August Saturday 8th August
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Week 6 Tuesday 11th August Thursday 13th August Saturday 15th August
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1st Team coach steps down – Sat 20th JuneDCARROLL

daa Football Club wish to announce that Derek Carroll is to step down from his position as club coach with immediate effect. Derek has spent many years with the club in various footballing roles and more recently as the 1st team coach for the season concluded.

The club are delighted to hear that Derek will continue his association with the  club in an administrative role for the coming season.

On behalf of the members and committee, we would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Derek and his family for the hard work over the recent past.

The 2015/16 management team will be confirmed on Thursday 25th June at the AGM.

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DAA Football Club have confirmed the date for the 2015 AGM as Thursday 25th June at 7pm in the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport.

If you fancy getting involved at committee level and are prepared to give up 6-9 evening each year along with supporting fund raising/social events, we’d like to hear from you. Simply put your name forward along with a seconded name to the club secretary, Anthony Carey before Saturday 13th June. Anthony’s contact details 086-8337082 or

Remember, only put your name forward if you’re prepared to contribute!


Huddersfield Town new Irish scout

The football club recently learned of Mick Fox’s appointment by Huddersfield Town as a new club scout for Ireland.  In his new position, Mick will travel the length and breadth of the country looking for the next Roy Keane or Mark Kinsella which he’ll bring back to Yorkshire.

The club would like to congratulate Mick on his appointment and wish him well for the future. I’m sure he’ll make a roaring success of this new challenge.

Hopefully we will have some young talent worthy of a look by Mick over the next 12 months!

Vanessa Siatka


Fundraiser for the Siatka family

Aer Lingus Volleyball Club are running a Fund Raiser Night in ALSAA this coming Wednesday 29th April in aid of the Family of Vanessa Siatka.

Bowling Night combined with a Cake Sale

  • Bowling Weds 29th Apr

Venue: ALSAA Bowl

Cost:  €10 per person including the cost of Bowling

Teams: 4 people per team ( Fun games no previous bowling experience required)

Time: from 8.30pm to 10.30pm (Max play time 50 minutes within the 2 hours)

If you wish to enter a team or join a team please let me know by phone, text or email ASAP.

  • Cake Sale Weds 29th Apr

If you or anybody else you know can bake a cake, scones or bread to bring along for sale that would be great.

We are also looking for family, friends and work colleagues to come along to purchase the cakes etc. on the night from 8.15pm to 10.00pm. 

 You can also donate online to Siatka Benefit Fund Bank A/C (please see details below).

Or send a cheque or postal order made out to “Aer Lingus Volleyball Siatka Benefit Fund” to my address below. 

Thanking you in anticipation of your support for this worthy Fund Raiser and please pass on the word.

Little Vanessa Siatka Fund

Many thanks for your kind responses and for observing a minutes silence as a mark of respect to the Siatka family. In response to many request’s the Aer Lingus Volleyball Club has initiated a Benefit Fund in Aid of Family of Vanessa Siatka.

As you are aware the death of 2 year old Vanessa Siatka occurred on Easter Sunday 5th April  as a result of a hit-and-run incident in the Phoenix Park.

Vanessa’s father, Lukasz Siatka, is a member of the Aer Lingus Volleyball  Clubs Division 1 men’s team.

The Aer Lingus Volleyball Club would request that each club pass on this information to their members and to any other club, organisation or person whom might be interested in contributing to the Benefit Fund in Aid of Family of Vanessa Siatka.

If any club, organisation or person would like to contribute to this benefit fund or requires further details they can do so by contacting Gerry White, Secretary Aer Lingus Volleyball on 087-9056445.

Payments can be lodged direct online to the Bank Account below.

Account Name:                                               Siatka Family Benefit Fund C/O Aer Lingus Volleyball
Bank Name:                                                      Bank of Ireland
Address:                                                            Dublin Airport, Ireland
Account Number:                                            41360686
IBAN (International Bank A/C No):           IE94BOFI90074641360686
BIC or SWIFT Code:                                        BOFIIE2D

Funeral arrangements confirmed for David Kelly.

David Kelly

(Artane) (peacefully) in Beaumont Hospital, beloved son of Joe and Pat (Esther); sadly missed by his parents, brothers Brian and Luke, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace. Removal on Wednesday from Jennings Funeral Home, Oscar Traynor Road to St. Brendan’s Church, Coolock arriving for 11 o’c. Funeral Mass. Burial after in Dardistown Cemetery.


It’s with great sadness that we learned of the passing of David Kelly this morning. David is the son of our President Joe Kelly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe, Patricia and the Kelly family at this time.

Funeral arrangements will follow.

TDS Jersey Presentation – Saturday 7th FebruaryTDS 45-250-Web

DAA Football Club finally presented the sponsorship jersey to Frank Hart, CEO of Time Data Security (TDS) Ltd at the ALSAA Sports Complex yesterday.

Both club chairman, Christy Sheridan and club captain, Phil Vavasour were present for the jersey handover to Frank Hart. Christy, on behalf of the football club, expressed his gratitude for the sponsorship and looked forward to continuing the club’s association with the secure access company.

TDS provide best in-class industry specific solutions to protect and manage people, property and assets across many sectors from pharma to aviation. TDS already has an estabilished relationship with Dublin Airport through the provision and management of the DAA ID access system.
As part of a succession developement plan for next season, the football club will introduce an under 19’s team for the first time in it’s history as we rebuild towards honours. This has partially been possible through the kind support from Frank and the staff of TDS.
Thank you.

 An interesting full version analysis of the ability and skill of Cristiano Ronaldo. Definitely worth a look and digesting. Video includes Jerzy Dudek.


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 Funeral arrangements for Kevin as follows
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WILSON, Kevin (Santry) – Dec. 31, 2014 (peacefully), after a short illness at Connolly Hospital (Late Aer Rianta), beloved husband of the late Alice; deeply regretted by his loving sons William, Dermot, Alan and Eamon and daughter Jacqueline, brother Emmett, sisters Patti and Dympna, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Reposing at his home on Friday from 4 o’c. Removal on Saturday morning to Blessed Margaret Ball Church, Santry arriving for 10 o’c. Mass, followed by Funeral to Dardistown Cemetery.

Kevin Wilson – RIP

DAA Football Club wish to offer their deepest sympathy to the Wilson family on the passing of Kevin, a founding member of Aer Rianta Football Club. Kevin remained involved in the club up to recently and will be sadly missed by all at the ALSAA.

Rest in Peace Kevin.


daa Charities 2015 – Arc Cancer CentreARC daa COY

Voting has started! The nominations are in and the voting has commenced to select the next 3 daa staff charities for 2015.

DAA Football Club supports the Arc Cancer Centre nomination this year and we’re looking for your vote to bring much needed funds to this ‘FREE’ service. So, if you, a family member or your friends are employed by DAA, all we ask is you consider voting for this charity.

So what is ARC and what do they do?

ARC Cancer Support Centre is an Irish voluntary organisation that supports men and women affected by cancer. Whether someone has recently been diagnosed with cancer, is recovering from treatment, or is a parent, family member, or friend of someone with cancer, coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can have a devastating impact.

ARC offers professional support, counselling and complementary therapies in a calm and caring environment to nurture the individual, relieve their stress and anxiety, and encourage healing in a holistic manner.

For more detailed information on Arc Cancer Centre click:


Winner stampFAI National Draw – Club Winner!

DAA Football Club would like to congratulate Susan Downey on winning 2 Premium match tickets for upcoming Rep. of Ireland Vs USA fixture in the Aviva Stadium along with €250.00 in cash as part of her FAI National Draw club prize.

The club would  also like to express it’s gratitude to all who supported the fund raiser through buying tickets.


 Passing of Darren Bowes mother, Mary – Weds 10th September

DAA Football Club wish to offer their deepest sympathy to Darren and the Bowes family on the passing of Darren’s mother, Mary Bowes. RIP.Funeral this Saturday the 13th in the Holy Child Church, Whitehall, arriving at 9.45am for 10am Funeral Mass. Thereafter to Glasnevin Crematorium.


New season, new sponsor… Time Data SecurityTDS Sponsor Team3 web

As the new season kicked off yesterday so did a new partnership between Dublin Airport Authority Football Club and Time Data Security through the sponsorship of the club’s 2nd team.

TDS, an Irish secure access company which services many sectors including the Aviation industry has come on board to support the football club as it builds on the success of last year. This support started yesterday when the 2nd team commenced the new season with an emphatic 7 -1 win over Brookfield Celtic wearing the new TDS sponsored kit.

DAA Football Club will make a jersey presentation to Frank Hart and TDS in the coming weeks.

For more information on Time Data Security see


Funeral arrangements confirmed

Christopher Sheridan (Ventry Park, Cabra West, Dublin) – August 26th 2014. Christopher (Christy) formerly of Aer Rianta, Dublin Airport, (peacefully) in the care of the staff at the Mater Hospital. Beloved husband of Margaret and devoted father of Josie, Margaret, Maudie, Lily, Rosaleen, May, Bernie, Helen, Caroline, Michael, Christy, John and Terry. Deeply regretted by his sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. Rest in Peace

Removal on Wednesday evening from Lanigan’s Funeral Home, Faussagh Avenue, Cabra to the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra arriving at 5pm. Funeral on Thursday morning after 10am Mass to Glasnevin Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the Mater Hospital.

Passing of Christy Sheridan’s father – Tues 26th August

DAA Football Club wish to offer their deepest sympathy to the Sheridan family on the passing of our Chairman’s father, Christopher Sheridan, earlier today. RIP. Removals Wednesday 27th August at 5:00pm in the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra.

Funeral arrangement to follow.


Niall Maples completes the challenge

Watch Niall complete the challenge!

Ice Bucket Challenge completed

Earlier today Anthony Carey completed the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. In doing so, he nominated Teresa Kiernan, Fran Hart and Niall Maples all of which have up to midnight on the 25th August to complete the challenge or make a donation to the IMNDA by texting MND to 50300 (not 50333 as suggested in the video).

DAA Football Club Vs Collinstown FC – Monday 25th August – OFF

The football club has requested the postponement of the league fixture against Collinstown FC on Monday next, 25th August. This game will be rescheduled at a later point.

bucket challenge redAre you up to it…?

It’s time to get wet for good reason and a good cause.

To show your support of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and the endeavours of Dr Orla Hardiman, take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Once completed text MND to 50300 to donate €2 or click on the following link to donate on line. IMNDA

Make sure you nominate 3 others including club members, friends and family. It’s also important to capture the challenge on video so we can share it throughout the club.

It’s a small amount that could make a big difference. More news to follow.

Fixture Update – Weekend 16th Augustcrying images

Both club fixtures for this weekend have been postponed due to the opposition not being able to field teams. Next up for the first team is St.Pauls Artane in McAuley Park on Monday 18th at 7:00pm.

Second team fixtures have yet to be confirmed by the league.


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DAA Football Club starts its player registration week from Saturday 2nd August 2014. If you’ve got what it takes to be part of a dynamic football club, why not come down to the ALSAA, Dublin Airport on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm.

New players welcome.

DAA Football Club announce new kit sponsor for 2014TDS_Banner_student

DAA Football Club announce Time Data Security (TDS) as the club’s kit sponsor for the 2014/15 season which kicks-off in 3 week time.

TDS has a direct association with DAA through their Aer Access system within the airport terminal buildings. Frank Hart, principle of TDS said he was delighted to further strengthen his relationship with Dublin Airport on and off the pitch……


DAA Football Club & Staff Charities

THE DAA’s three staff charities scored to the tune of €700 after a ‘cash for goals’ fund-raiser by the daa Football Club.

daa charities presentationThe money was raised during the recent biennial European Airports Football Championship in Krakow, Poland, where the football club pledged €100 for every goal it scored in the competition.

The tournament, now in its 30th year, was the brainchild of Aer Rianta’s Don Treacy and Joe Kelly in 1984.

Over the course of two days the daa team recorded two wins, three draws and one defeat – in process scoring a total of seven goals.Unfortunately the daa side was eliminated from the competition when they went down by a single goal to Malta International Airport.Despite the sharpshooting prowess of Noel Downey and Austin Butler, the team’s efforts to bring the Don Treacy Cup back to its rightful home in Dublin Airport ultimately didn’t succeed.

This year the club collected its first silverware in 20 years by winning the AUL Div 3A Saturday league in a closely contested campaign.

The side’s next foreign outing will be in two years’ time at the European Airports Football Championship in Vienna, the city where the team secured their third and last European title in 1996.

DAA Football Club elects new committee for the 2014/15 Season

Following the AGM held on Thursday 10th July in the ALSAA Sports Complex, the football club announced the new committee which will take the club forward over the next 12 months.

New additions to the club committee include Tony Hart, Alan Roche and Joey Malone all of which have been involved in the coaching side of the club up to now. Many thanks to Robert Ryan and Alan Gantley who step down after many years of service to the club. Your contribution has been greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Phil Vavasour who has been elected club Vice-chairman for the coming season

DAA Football Club 2014/15 Committee


Sports Capital Programme – 2014

At 11:00am today (3rd July) DAA Football Club received a phone call from the office of Alan Farrell TD advising that the football club had been dttas-logosuccessful with their application for funding under the current round of the Sports Capital Programme. This call was soon followed by an e-mail from Sen. Darragh O’Brien, also confirming our success.

To put this news into context, out of 2036 applications submitted to the Sports Capital Programme 2014 for subvention, only 821 local sports club were successful with their request. This represents a 40.32% success rate.

So what does this mean for DAA Football Club?

As a result of receiving €9,577.00 from Minister Ring, DAA Football Club will renovate the existing dressing room, purchase AED devices for both teams, acquire 2 sets of 7-a-Side goals as we prepare for the introduction of an under-age side into the club and improve facilities at our training area in the ALSAA Sports Complex.

On behalf of Dublin Airport Authority Football Club, I would like to sincerely thank Maebh Leahy, ALSAA Sports Complex, DAA, Clare Daly TD, Brendan Ryan TD, Sen. Darragh O’Brien, Alan Farrell TD, Minister James Reilly TD and Richard Fahey of the FAI for their incredible support of our endeavour.

DAA Football Club AGM

DAA Football Club wish to confirm the 2014 Annual General Meeting which will take place on Thursday 10th July in the Banqueting Room, ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport at 7:30pm.

Arguably, this has been the best year in the existence of the football club for some time with the 2nd team winning their AUL Div 3A league and the club travelling to Krakow Poland to represent Dublin Airport in the 16th EAFC Tournament.

Going forward, the football club is working towards a development plan for 2014-15 with the possible introduction of an under-age team along with improved facilities.

If you’ve a contribution to make to the club as we build towards further honours, put your name forward in writing, along with the name of a person who seconds your proposal to Anthony Carey, DAA Football Club Secretary at no later than close of business on Thursday 3rd July 2014.

Joey Malone – A big big thank you!

JMALONE WEBIt’s the morning after the night before and time to reflect on what has been a very successful year in the life of Dublin Airport Football Club.

This year, the club’s 2nd team won the AUL Division 3A league with some brilliant and gutsy performances from a group of young players with a natural appetite for winning. This league win was backed up by the 1st team’s fourth place in the AUL’s top flight Saturday division. An especially pleasing finish when you take into account credible wins against Sheriff YC, St. Kevin’s Boys and Kilbarrack FC, all institutions in amateur football.

On the 8th June the on-field activities concluded with Dublin Airport being eliminated from the biennial European Airports Football Championships in Krakow, Poland. With 4 wins, a draw and one loss at the tournament, this was definitely a missed opportunity. The good news is we get to do it all again in Vienna in 2 years time.

With everything is going to plan, surely nothing can stop this footballing juggernaut as we move up the gears?


Football, like life, has a cruel way of bringing everyone back down to earth with a bang and this happened as we learned of the Joey Malone’s intention to step down as club coach with immediate effect. Joe has decided to leave junior football in favour of becoming schoolboy Academy Director of a north Dublin club. An interest of Joe’s for some time.

If you don’t know Joey, you could possibly sum him up with words like passionate, competitive, committed, driven, professional and someone who believes in “he who shouts loudest is heard most” at referees. In fact, a recent trophy presented to Joey for his contribution to the club over the years was sponsored by an Army deafness claim and the AUL referees. I could imagine Joe playing a game of tiddlywinks with a 4 year old, there would only be one winner such is his competitiveness.

Joey is also a thinker who never stops thinking. Always looking for a better way to do something if it improves the club. It wouldn’t be out ordinary to receive a call from Joey on a Sunday night which would typically go:


“Hi Joe, what’s the craic?”

“I have an idea which we should consider”

“Oh right?”

“Lets build an underage Centre of Excellence in the ALSAA”

“Leave it with me Joe and I’ll get back to you”

All joking aside, this is an admirable quality in Joey and reflects his professionalism and commitment to a club which is unique in junior football.

I think I mentioned before, Aer Rianta Football Club is infectious, it gets in on you, it becomes you and it never leaves you. I don’t believe Joey to be any different from others before him who have taken the obligatory hiatus only to return to the club at a later date. And when he does, his place at the table will be set. So, as we close another chapter in the history of our club, it’s important to acknowledge Joe’s contribution and success over the last 20+ years in Dublin Airport. It’s a testament to the man that he leaves behind a structure that can be built on.

On behalf of the players, management and committee of DAA Football Club, we would like to thank Joey for his tireless contribution and wish him well with his new project.

Joe, one last thing, don’t forget to mutter “Hasta la vista baby” to yourself every once in a while!


DAAFC Vs Buttercrust FC – Mon 2nd September

Credits: Words & Images Derek McKenna – Junior Soccer Portal


A tight top of the table table clash in the AUL Senior Saturday was the pick of the ties from last night’s AUL fixtures. DAA FC, managed by former Liverpool man Derek Carroll and coached by former Galway Utd manager Joey Malone have made a impressive start to the season, including a morale boosting win over a strong Kilbarrack Utd team last week. Butterkrust Utd have also got out of the blocks fast with a win and a draw.

Late goals from Peter Darcy and Gary O’Hanlon ended the game as a draw but both teams will feel they could have gotten more from it. The result leaves both teams at the top end of the table, where they are sure to remain for the season ahead.

Both teams started out the game with a 3-5-2 formation and the crowded midfield area saw a lot of the early action. For Butterkrust, winger Alan Cunningham was linking well with an impressive Calvin Harris, whose classy rhythm was not unlike his DJ namesake. DAA’s Robbie Corcoran was running the line well and Eoin Torphy was also getting the space to go on some marauding runs through the centre but with both team’s rearguards on top form, there was distinct lack of clear cut chances in the opening half hour.

The first real opportunity came after the half hour mark when DAA’s Brian Bonny picked up the ball 30 yards out and let one rip but the keeper made the save.They had another effort from long range soon after when Stephen Cantwell had Conor Coyle scrambling in the Butterkrust goal.

Butterkrust applied some late pressure in the half, with Cunningham causing havoc up the left flank but his crosses were always too long. Their best chance of the half fell to livewire Paul Keely who cut inside and shot but the power was lacking and the Akash Choolun dealt with it comfortably.

What the first half lacked in chances, the second surely made up for it. DAA’s Gary O’Hanlon, sporting a Terry Butcher like bloodied head bandage after an earlier clash of heads was running the midfield and linking the pay together. They almost went one up on 55 minutes when a free kick into the box spun up for Carl O’Hanlon but his overhead kick was tipped over the bar.

Butterkrust went close when an Aidan O’Hannigan free kick bounced of the top of the crossbar. DAA came striaght back at them with a break up field involving O’Hanlon and Canwell but the cross to the back post was headed over by Kenneth Forden.

The game was turning into a classic ding dong battle. Butterkrust should have been one up on 70 minutes when a cross from the right wing found O’Hannigan but his volleyed shot went over the bar. Ten minutes later they got the opener when a cross in was headed against the crossbar by Jimmy Grogan only for it to rebound to Darcy to nod home and set up a frantic final ten minutes.

With just five to go DAA got their leveler. The majestic Gary O’Hanlon burst into the box and was upended with the referee pointing to the spot. O’Hanlon dusted himself off to step up and blast it home past Coyle to even up the scoreline. Both teams searched for a winner in the final few minutes but the receding light made playing and viewing conditions impossible. A fair result from two teams expected to be pushing for the title this season.

Man of the Match: Gary O’Hanlon – Creative and full of running. DAA were always threatening when he was on the ball

New AUL Website

The AUL are currently updating their website to provide clubs with more information in relative real time. These improvements include fixture lists, match results and updated league tables, immediately after games are completed. This is a major step forward for the league and should be well received by all clubs.

Well done Tony Martin et al!

DAAFC Scheduled League Fixture sample

DAAFC Fixtures

Game 2, Win 2 – Mon 26th August.

Tonight DAAFC earned a tough 3 points against a very good footballing side in Kilbarrack Utd. The home team opened the scoring after an awkward attempted save from Akash Choolun in the DAA goal went wrong as the ball dribbled into the net. However, it wasn’t long before DAAFC re-composed themselves and leveled the game through Stephen Cantwell as he ’round the keeper.

A second goal attempt by Cantwell in similar fashion was soon to follow, only to be caught up in the goalkeepers legs. DAAFC got their rewards later in the game through goals by Cantwell (again) and Keith Wiggins before Kilbarrack scored once more.

The evening’s proceedings finished at dusk with DAAFC clinching the 3-2 win. Outstanding performances on the night came from Gaz O’Hanlon for his relentless work rate, Darren Bowes for analytically assessing the game in front of him not to mention a superb tackle in the box (timing is everything at his age!)  and yer man again, what’s his name, ah yeah, STEPHEN CANTWELL…….


Season Opener – Sat 24th August.

DAAFC Senior Saturday side got their campaign underway this afternoon with an industrious effort at the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport against East Wall/Bessborough. While the home side never seemed under too much pressure, East Wall appeared dangerous on the break.

Superb goals by Stephen Cantwell (2), Robbie Corcoran and Keith Wiggins put the visitors to the sword mid way through the second half. East Wall were not without their chances either, with a beautiful low cutting strike from outside the box to close the deficit  and another shot striking the upright soon after.

All in all, a very positive start to the new season by all involved but Stephen Cantwell is deserving of a special mention.

Club BUSTER 21 time again.

Due to the popularity and success of the Buster last year, the club will kick off the new season with BUSTER 21 on 14th September.

The idea is to pick a team from 100 possible sides which are in sealed envelopes. A lucky dip you might say….

Once your team is selected, count the amount of goals they score each week until they reach 21. The first team(s) to 21 wins the pot of €500 in cash. Hush, don’t tell the Tax Man. Teams are available from Rob Ryan, Phil Vavasour or any other member of the committee from this weekend. All sides must be returned to Rob no later than 12th September for inclusion.

Good Luck!

 We’re Back!

Yes folks the new season starts this Saturday 24th August with the first team being promoted to the top Saturday division in the AUL League. This was achieved by finishing Runners-up after a highly competitive season, which concluded in May with Dingle Utd being crowned champions.

For the first time DAA Football Club welcome great junior clubs like St.Kevins Boys, Ballymun Utd and Sheriff YC to the ALSAA for league games, and hopefully wins??

The second team finished in a creditable 5th position out of 14 teams last season and will re-commence their campaign on Saturday 7th September.

As part of our development policy, the club welcomes new players to the club all the time. So if you’re interested or have friends that fancy playing football with qualified coaches, excellent facilities and a growing social environment click here and complete the on-line form

Finally why not follow the club Twitter account @AerRiantaFC to receive weekly updates on all matters club related and more….

“DAA PLAN BIG FOOTBALL BASH” Words by Gavin Early – The Irish Daily Star 2nd April 2013

DAA Football Club will celebrate flying their own unique flag for 40 years next month with a memorable festival of football. The AUL based club, who have senior sides playing in Division 1 Saturday and Division 3A Saturday, were founded in 1972 as Aer Rianta. The purpose of the ALSAA based club was to provide football for the staff of Aer Rianta – who are of course now called Dublin Airport Authority.

To mark the special year the club have joined up with the Clarion Hotel to join the Gathering event on May 25th by hosting a celebration day of football and a gala evening. Despite a temporary stint in the Leinster Senior League, DAA FC (or Aer Rianta formerly) have competed in the AUL since their formation in the 1972/73 season. In the early eighties founding members Don Treacy and Joe Kelly actually founded the European Airports Football Council and in 1984 Dublin hosted the inaugural EAFC Tournament at the old ALSAA Complex.

it is ironic that at that location, opposite current sponsors, the Clarion Hotel, the club achieved it’s biggest accolade by winning the first of its three tournament successes. The other two came in Rome eight years later and Vienna in 1996, adding to the distinct legacy DAA has forged.

 Fixtures 30th March 2013 Update

All DAAFC club fixtures this weekend have been cancelled due to the cold & icy weather. However, the team management will attempt to arrange a training game tomorrow subject to numbers and availability of pitches. Players should meet at ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport at 12:45hrs if the game goes ahead.

Change of Training Arrangements – 24th March 2013

Training this week will be on Monday 25th & Thursday 28th March at 6-6:15pm. This change is to accommodate the Rep. of Ireland Vs Austria World Cup Qualifier and to get the benefit of daylight hours. If you have any problem making training at these revised times, please contact club management.

Fixtures 23rd March 2013 Update

All DAA Football Club games scheduled for the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport this weekend have been cancelled to the incessant rain and cold weather. The pitches are been confirmed as unplayable. There maybe a friendly game arranged for Monday night which will be confirmed in the next 48 hours.

Contact Joey Malone, Christy Sheridan or the club website for for further updates.

13 Goal Buster Winner – 19th March 2013

DAA Football Club can confirm Stephen Cantwell as the winner of the 13 Goal Buster with Celtic. The Scottish league leaders scored 5,2,2,& 4 goals over the 4 weekends of league fixtures. Stephen who is a member of the DAAFC 1st team takes home a whopping €500 for his troubles!!

DAA Football Club would like to thank all who participated in the Buster competition, making it a success with 99/100 teams sold. The proceeds will go towards the 40th Anniversary celebrations on May 25th.

Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport Sponsorship – Sat 16th February 2013Clarion Presentation1 - Low Res

DAA Football Club can confirm their sponsorship deal with the Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel. Andrea Molloy, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Clarion Dublin Airport said “it’s great to continue our association with Irish football, from the national team to the grass roots here in Dublin Airport. We wish DAA Football Club every success, especially in their 40th year of providing football for the employees of the airport”.

The Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel has a long and cherished relationship with the FAI from the days of Jack Charlton through to Mr Trappatoni’s squad. The current national team attributes some of their success to the hotel’s Executive Head Chef, David Steele. David looked after the team requirements for many years at the hotel, and was then invited to travel with the senior squad to consult on catering facilities and nutritional matters. (text credit: North County Leader)

David very kindly joined Duty Manager Helen Hagan along with players Phil Vavasour, Stephen Hanna and club Chairman Michael Fox for today’s photograph.

DAA Football Club would like to thank Andrea and the Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel for their support.

13 Goal Buster Update 16th February 2013

Thank you to all players, managers and associates of the club for the great response to the 13 Goal Buster. We have sold approx. 94/100 teams which means the prize fund will be a minimum of €470.

Unfortunately, due to this weekend being an FA Cup Round, we have delayed the start of the Buster until weekend 22nd – 24th Feb. This is in the interest of fairness and transparency.

An update of all teams and goals scored will be available on the 40th Events page after each round.

Best of Luck!

Fixtures Weekend 16th February 2013 Update

Both club games (Div1 Sat & Div3A Sat) for this weekend will go ahead on all weather pitches in Clontarf & Lucan respectively. The first team will kick off at 2:30pm while the 2nd team’s game will get underway at 12:00 noon.

This is a welcome change to the postponed fixtures over the last 8 weeks.

Fixtures Weekend 9th February 2013 Update

All club games are off this weekend due to unplayable pitches in the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport. A friendly game has been confirmed for tomorrow (9th Feb.) against Sheridan FC in St. David’s School, Artane on their artificial surface. ALL club players meet at the school at 11:30 am for selection.

Fixtures Weekend 2nd February 2013 Update

All club games are off (again) this weekend due to the weather. There will possibly be a 1st Vs 2nd game on an all weather pitch on Sunday, which is subject to numbers. Contact Joey by text or phone to confirm your availability. Training will resume on Tuesday at 6:30pm in ALSAA.

Fixtures Weekend 26th January 2013 Update

All club games are off this weekend due to incessant rain and unplayable pitches at the ALSAA. Training will resumes on Tuesday evening at 6:30pm.

Back on top again…..

DAA Football Club 1st team are back on top of AUL Division 1 Saturday after a successful protest against East Wall Bessboro last week. The Athletic Union League executive committee ruled in favour of the Dublin Airport side after it was alleged that an un-registered player competed in the game at the ALSAA.

The league reversed the points and awarded a 3 nil score when the hearing was uncontested. This leaves DAA Football Club on top of the league with a 2 point lead and three games in hand.

Well done to Joey, Derek and all involved in the squad.

Progress of both teams at the break……

So far it’s been a successful start for both club sides up to the Christmas break. The Div1 Saturday team under the stewardship of Derek Carroll and Joey Malone find themselves in 2nd position behind Hardwick FC. However, DAAFC have 3 games in hand over the league leaders and remain one point behind.

The club second side driven by Christy Sheridan, Alan Roche and Anthony Carey find themselves basking mid table after 7 games played with no losses. Again this side have 3 games in hand over league leaders Lusk with a 11 point differential.

In a round up of the AUL teams so far, the league had the following to say about the club in their December review:

“Anto Perry’s Hardwick set the pace, with inner city rivals East Wall close by. Joey Malone also has DAAFC flying high, down to Steven Cantwell’s goals. An exciting second half of the season awaits”


“Lusk Utd are having a good season and having only dropped 2 points so far are confident of keeping up the good work, they say it is down to the good work of the management team of Emmet Burke and Aido Wyer. Finglas Celtic are keeping tight on their heels and intend to be up there on the final run in. DAAFC having only played 7 games intend to keep on winning and keep the pressure on Lusk” 

Players Christmas Turkey Draw

The players Christmas Turkey draw took place in the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport on Sunday 23rd December. The draw was organised to fund raise for new player leisure gear organised by club coach, Joey Malone.

Joey & the players would like to thank every person that sold and bought tickets for the turkey draw in the last few weeks. The result of the draw is as follows:

First Prize Brian Dorieen
087 6954892
Second Prize Brendan O’Neill
087 6360972
Third Prize Keith McConnell
085 1195642
Fourth Prize Davy O’Neill
087 7906818
Fifth Prize Stephen Higgins
086 8206957
Sixth Prize Brian O’Connor
086 2189590


“CLARKE’S MAGIC TRICK” words by Gavin Earley & photos by Mick O’Neill, Target Irish Daily Star. Tues. 9th Oct 2012.



JAMES CLARKE stole the show with a second half hat-trick at ALSAA to give St Paul’s Artane a crucial three points from their division 1 Saturday clash with DAA.

The contest looked to be settled in the home side’s favour at half-time as DAA led 2-0 and were creating chance after chance. However, a sensational strike from Alan Lindsay immediately after the break gave St Paul’s a lifeline and Clarke clinically ensured they made the most of it to stun the hosts.

The home side will no doubt still be puzzled as to how they did not make this their fourth league win on the bounce after turning on the style in the opening 45. From the very start the right wing looked like the danger zone for DAA, with winger Stephen Cantwell’s pace a constant threat to Paul’s.

On 15 minutes he left the full-back for dead with a driving run into the area, and despite his low shot being saved by goalkeeper Karl Young, striker Anto Delaney was first to react and nodded home the rebound from three yards.

Ray Marly fired straight at Akash Choohun in the DAA goal from a free kick but it was only a rare threat from the visitors and just after the half hour mark it should have been 2-0. Cantwell again did the damage down the right, leaving Shane Roche in his wake but instead of shooting he squared the ball to the supporting Delaney and Jason Whelan who failed to get any connection.

It was only a temporary let-off for Paul’s and on 38 minutes DAA did double their advantage as Whelan this time broke down the right and forced another smart save from Young, only for Keith McConnell to come onto the rebound 12 yards out and fire in off the post. Within 60 seconds the rampart DAA were pushing for a third as Cantwell’s run and shot from the right forced Young to save at his near post and Whelan somehow failed to convert the rebound.

To cap an incredible two-minute period Delaney rose highest from McConnell’s corner only to see his header cannon back off the post and his shot from the rebound blocked – with the home side adamant a hand was used.

Gary O’Hanlon went close with a run and shot for DAA as the pressure looked relentless, but Paul’s striker Conor Reid began to give his side a foothold in the game with some nice runs before the break, and just on half time he forced Choohun in the home goal into a smart save.

The five minutes of positive play before the break, coupled with a hint of complacency and a dash of frustration over the penalty claim from the home side, combined to give Paul’s a route back into the game in the second-half.

There was nothing the goalkeeper could do about the visiting side’s first and most important goal of the game as winger Lindsay fired a long range effort from the right that flew into the top corner before Choohun knew what had happened. Substitute Derek Freeney had the ball in the back of the net for DAA almost immediately at the other end, only to have his effort ruled out for offside.

To compound his side’s frustration Paul’s went up the other end and equalised. Reid got a crucial flick on a long ball down field and Clarke class to touch the ball around his marker and fired home across the goalkeeper in style.

Game back on, and within 60 seconds the contest had been totally turned on its head as Reid crossed from the right and Clarke carved out just enough space for himself to poke home for a third goal.

The striker made it four for Paul’s  and three for him within seven minutes as he creeped in under the crossbar to make sure Reid’s cross, that looked to be heading in after deceiving the keeper, made it over the line.

To their credit, DAA did not give up and Cantwell was unfortunate to see his half volley cannon back of the underside of the crossbar but it was not to be for the home side.

Club Social Night and Player of the Year Award – NEW DATE CONFIRMED

The club Player of the Year Award night has been confirmed for Saturday 20th October in the Millmount Club, Drumcondra Road (besides St. Patricks NBS). This should be an entertaining night for all players from the club given the successful start to the season by both sides (providing you don’t count cup football!!!!). Remember, bring the other half with you for a sing song if you can get a word in edge ways with JoMo……..

Club Social Night and Player of the Year Award

As part of the 40th celebrations, the team management have arranged the first social night of the season. This will be held on Saturday 22nd September in the Millmount House, Drumcondra at 9pm.

The entertainment on the night will be a “kinda” tribute act to Michael Buble by James Reilly. Don’t mix up this talented singer songwriter with the Minister of Health who couldn’t sing for a free hospital dinner! Mind you, don’t be surprised either if Joey appears on stage to entertain the gathered masses………             Garth Brooks must be sh***ing himself?

During Joey’s (sorry, I mean James )encore, the club will announce the winner of last season’s Player of the Year award for both teams. The first team player will receive the Don Treacy perpetual trophy, named after our founding Chairman.

And finally the best bit, admission is free so ask your better half to come along too?

See you there.

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Ex Club Treasurer Retirement Function

Gerry Weir has announced his retirement from the company after many years. Some of you may remember Gerry as the Aer Rianta Football Club Treasurer back in the late eighties and early nineties during what was possibly the most successful period in the club’s 40 years of existence.

Gerry will host a farewell party for his colleagues and friends on Friday 31st August in the Tailteann Room of the ALSAA at 8pm. Everybody’s welcome.

On behalf of Aer Rianta / DAA Football Club, enjoy your well earned retirement Gerry!


DAAFC Vs Ballymun Utd – Div1 Sat.

The first game of the season got off to a lively start at the Ballymun Utd Complex, St. Margaret’s Road yesterday afternoon in near perfect conditions for a game. Both sides showed their ability to play good football at this early stage of the season, which, from a neutrals point of view proved to be a good competitive match. After a fair exchange of physicality and possession, Ballymun took the lead at the break. This was further increased twice more in the second half before DAAFC managed to get a goal back through Anthony Delaney 6 mins from time.

While this was a tough opener to the season, it was also a good bench mark of how the team are gelling together, although the fitness levels are half a yard of full competition pace.

Some images from the game….


First Game of the Season – Ground Change

The first game of the season has fallen foul of the weather at the ALSAA Sports Complex, however, the game has been switched to the Ballymun Utd grounds on St Margaret’s Road and will go ahead at 2:30pm tomorrow as scheduled. Meeting arrangements for the players remain the same.

The referee for tomorrow’s game is Liam McGuirk.


New Season 2012-13

The first team’s new season is less than 72 hours away, before they play a highly fancied Ballymun Utd in their opener at the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport. The management will put the squad through their final session on Thursday before selecting the team.

Joey Malone and Derek Carroll are happy with the progress made during the pre-season programme, especially with the under pinning of the squad with some new players.

The second team will have to wait another two weeks before they commence their season on Saturday 1st September. However, they are expected to play more friendly games in the coming weeks.


League Meeting 9th August

During tonight’s League Secretaries meeting in the AUL Complex, it was confirmed that DAAFC will compete in Division 1 Saturday & Division 3A Saturday. These leagues are made up of 11 and 15 teams respectively.

Also, for the first time DAAFC will compete on a Friday night under lights against St. Paul’s Artane in Coolock. The league commences for the first team on Saturday 18th August while the second will have to wait a further week or so. This will be confirmed in the coming days.


Pre-Season friendly match versus WFTA

DAA Football Club played WFTA on Saturday 28th July in the first of the 2012-13 pre season friendly games at the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport. It was a hard competitive game as you’d expect from the quality Finglas side, with the odd tussle and over committed tackle. DAAFC eventually won the match 2-1 in what was considered by Derek Carroll “a really good work out with areas to work on in the coming week”.

Click here for upcoming friendly match fixtures


Player Signing On Night

The players signing on night has been confirmed for Thursday 26th July at 7pm as part of the nights training. It is imperative that all players pay their respective fees on the night. If you have any questions regarding fees etc. please contact Anthony Carey 086-8337082 or Christy Sheridan 087 270 0571.


1st Team Vs 2nd Team Game – Re-scheduled!

The 1st team Vs 2nd team game scheduled for Saturday 21st July has been postponed due to water logged pitches at the ALSAA Sports Complex. This game has now been re-scheduled for Tuesday 24th July instead. Players are required to meet at the ALSAA no later than 6:45pm


Pre-Season Schedule

The club has now started back to a full pre-season training schedule at the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport. Training will take place on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s evenings with friendly games on a Saturday.

New players looking to join DAA Football Club in our 40th year should contact Joey Malone on 087-213 0529

The full schedule can be viewed by clicking the link below

Pre Season Training Schedule 2012-13


New Season 2012/13

The AUL held its annual formation meeting on Wednesday 27th June to establish how each division will be formed for the coming season.

DAA Football Club have been offered a position in Division 1 Saturday for the first team, which was gladly accepted by the management and committee alike. The second team will see the introduction to Sunday football once again with the inclusion into Division 3. The final confirmation will take place in the coming weeks. The league commencement date is expected to be 18th August with possible midweek games.

The league will also accept official FAI player registration forms from this year onwards. This form can be downloaded by clicking the button below. Once printed, complete fully and return to Christy Sheridan or Anthony Carey. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.


Robbie Keane pays tribute to James Nolan

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane returned to scoring form with Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday and paid tribute to the family of Irish soccer fan James Nolan when doing so.
Galaxy defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 and Keane scored in the 30th minute before collecting a Galaxy shirt from the subs bench which read “RIP James Nolan” on the back.
Twenty one year old Ireland fan Nolan, from Blessington Co Wicklow, died while following the team at the European Championships after an apparent accidental drowning.

Keane said in the Washington Post: “It was a young Irish fan who went to Poland, 21 years of age, and unfortunately drowned.

“Obviously, the whole country was sad and I called his father today to send my condolences and to say that my thoughts were with him and the family.
“It was just a gesture because the Irish people are very close and they stick with each other through good times and bad times. He was a big, big soccer fan and it was a shame, so it was just a show of respect really.”



DAA Football Club elect a new committee for 2012/13 Season

The football club during it’s AGM last Tuesday night elected a new committee for the 2012/13 season. The members unamimiously returned the current committee with the addition of Robert Ryan, a first team player.

This year DAAFC will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala dinner along with some fun events to mark the milestone in the clubs history. “This will be a massive responsibility for the new committee, making sure we acknowledge 40 years of football in Dublin Airport” said Michael Fox, chairman of the football club.

Further updates of events will be announced in the coming weeks.


2012/13 Season Committee

Position Name e-mail Address Mobile Number
Chairman Michael Fox 087 1254636
Vice Chairman Christy Sheridan 087 2700571
Secretary Anthony Carey 086 8337082
Treasurer Gary Donohoe 087 7782383
Committee Phil Vavasour 087 6603452
Committee Niall Maples 086 3659848
Committee Alan Gantley 086 3555518
Committee Robert Ryan 087 1258103
Committee Paul Delaney 087 1240117


DAA Football Club bestow Hon. VP position on Christy Sheridan

During the recent biennial European Airports Football Championship in Malta, the committee bestowed the position of Hon. Vice-President on Christy Sheridan. This position and that of President are offered to life long members who have made serious commitments and contributions to the football club. President Joe Kelly was only too happy to have a young(er) wipper snapper to share the club’s ceremonial duties with.