O’Devaney set for new life as Dublin Central FC

by Gazette Reporter
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FORMER AUL big guns O’Devaney Dunard FC will begin life in the Leinster Senior League under a new name from the start of next season.
While it has been known for a number of months now that O’Devaney Dunard would be switching leagues, it has come as a shock to many that the club name will be left behind as they begin life in the LSL.
The club had a tumultuous season in the AUL as their senior side withdrew from the Premier A after a string of bad results early in the season. Subsequently, the clubs other side also withdrew from the AUL due to player shortages.
Now, the club hope for a fresh start in a new league with a new name. From next season they will be known as Dublin Central FC.
They have released the following statement about the move: “After 16 years competing in the Athletic Union League with quite a few spent at the top level in Premier A, we have decided to move on.
“This decision which was not taken lightly was voted upon by the executive committee with a unanimous vote. We would like to thank the executive committee of the AUL for all their hard work over the years, if it wasn’t for the volunteers running the league there would be no football.
“We would also like to announce that with great difficulty we have voted to change the name of our club. This was not an easy decision as O’Devaney Dunard was not just a place but a way of life.
“Everybody looked out for one and other. It was one big community with one big family. Unfortunately, if you look at O’Devaney from 1999 when the club was founded to the current situation it’s like two different places.
“We believe that our new name opens our club up to a bigger demography and other cultures which will hopefully provide a platform for the club’s new integration and philosophy that will take us into the modern age, an all-inclusive culture which will transcend the club in its long term future.
“We hope that this new approach and open minded attitude will attract players from all over Dublin, players of different ethnicities, backgrounds and religion to come and enjoy playing their football at our club.”

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