President of Ireland's Cup

The President of Ireland's Cup, also known simply as the President's Cup, is an association football super cup featuring clubs from the Republic of Ireland football league system. It is a one-off match between the winners of the previous season's League of Ireland Premier Division and the FAI Cup, and similarly to the FA Community Shield in England, functions both as a domestic Super cup and a unofficial opener to the football season in Ireland. Because it is organised by the Football Association of Ireland, it is sometimes misleadingly referred to as the FAI President's Cup. However the president in the title refers to the President of Ireland and not the president of the FAI. The FAI has previously organised similar competitions, the Top Four Cup and the FAI Super Cup. A similarly named and formatted competition, the LFA President's Cup was organised by the Leinster Football Association.

President of Ireland's Cup
Organising bodyFootball Association of Ireland
Founded2014
RegionRepublic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Number of teams2
Current championsShamrock Rovers (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Dundalk & Cork City (3 titles each)
2022 President of Ireland's Cup

HistoryEdit

 
All President of Ireland's Cups have been presented by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, 2011 to present.

The President of Ireland's Cup was introduced in 2014 and the inaugural match featured the 2013 League of Ireland Premier Division champions, St Patrick's Athletic, and the 2013 FAI Cup winners, Sligo Rovers.[1][2] On 25 February 2014 the cup itself was officially unveiled with a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The president has previously served as president of Galway United and is a well known football supporter who regularly attends League of Ireland games. Also at the ceremony were Liam Buckley and Ger O'Brien, the manager and captain of St Patrick's Athletic and Ian Baraclough and Gavin Peers, the manager and captain of Sligo Rovers.[3][4][5] President Higgins subsequently attended the inaugural final at Richmond Park on 2 March 2014,[6] which was won 1–0 by St Patrick's Athletic with Keith Fahey scoring the winner.[7]

List of finalsEdit

Season Winner Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
2014[7] St Patrick's Athletic 1–0 Sligo Rovers Richmond Park 1,330
2015[8] Dundalk 2–1 St Patrick's Athletic Oriel Park 1,800
2016[9] Cork City 2–0 Dundalk Turners Cross 1,850
2017[10] Cork City 3–0 Dundalk Turners Cross 3,140
2018[11] Cork City 4–2 Dundalk Oriel Park 3,000
2019[12] Dundalk 2–1 Cork City Turners Cross 2,777
2020 None Cancelled Dundalk &
Shamrock Rovers
Oriel Park N/A
2021[13] Dundalk 1–1 (4–3 pens.) Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Stadium 0
2022[14][15] Shamrock Rovers 1–1 (5–4 pens.) St Patrick's Athletic Tallaght Stadium 5,426

List of winners by clubEdit

Club Titles Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Dundalk
3
2015, 2019, 2021
3
2016, 2017, 2018
Cork City
3
2016, 2017, 2018
1
2019
St Patrick's Athletic
1
2014
2
2015, 2022
Shamrock Rovers
1
2022
1
2021
Sligo Rovers
0
N/A
1
2014

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "President's Cup date for St Pat's Athletic and Sligo Rovers". www.rte.ie. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  2. ^ "FAI announces details of inaugural President's Cup". www.thejournal.ie. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Michael D Higgins Interview: Statesman of the game". www.irishexaminer.com. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ "President Michael D Higgins unveils Cup for new competition between SSE Airtricity League and FAI Cup winners". www.rte.ie. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "LFA President's Cup". leagueofirelandhistory.wordpress.com. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "President attends the inaugural President's Cup fixture". www.president.ie. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Superb Fahey strikes earns silverware for St pat's". www.independent.ie. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ "VIDEO: Dundalk win the President's Cup". www.rte.ie. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Cork claim President's Cup by beating Dundalk". www.rte.ie. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Cork hit Dundalk for three to retain President's Cup". www.rte.ie. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Stunning Cork comeback sees them power past Dundalk in Oriel". www.rte.ie. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Dundalk claim the President's Cup despite O'Connor's goalscoring Cork City return". The 42. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ "First blood to Dundalk as they win President's Cup on penalties". The Irish Times. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Jack Byrne with the decisive spot kick as Rovers secure President's Cup". The Irish Times. 11 February 2022. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Memorable return for Jack Byrne as Shamrock Rovers beat Pat's on penalties". the42. Retrieved 12 February 2022.