The County Museum in Dundalk will host a very special evening next Thursday (February 13) as former Dundalk FC boss Stephen Kenny and the town’s most famous footballing export Steve Staunton will be on hand to help launch the National Football Exhibition, which runs at the venue from February 14 to the end of the month.
The exhibition, which will be free and open to the public throughout its 15 day run (Feb 14 to 29), is a celebration of Irish football and 60 Years of the European Championships. It has been on a tour of the country having already stopped in Sligo, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Donegal thus far.
Kenny will be joined by Ireland legend and NFE Ambassador Ray Houghton and Ireland centurion and Dundalk native Staunton – who started his career with the Lilywhites back in the mid-1980s before joining a stellar career across the Irish sea, notably with Liverpool, Aston Villa. Staunton was also the Republic of Ireland manager between 2006 and 2007.
Kenny, the current Republic of Ireland Under 21 manager, will take charge of the senior team at the end of the Euro 2020 cycle will which end either after next months playoffs or in the summer after the tournament, in which the Aviva Stadium will host four matches.
He left Dundalk after six seasons in charge in December 2018, having guided them to four league titles and two FAI Cup in that time as well as overseeing their memorable run to the UEFA Europa League group stages in 2016.
Separated into six different zones to represent various parts of Irish & European football, the Exhibition contains rare match programmes, unique match jerseys, treasured memorabilia and an interactive element with a Photo Booth to get your picture taken, a recording booth to practice your commentary skills, and quiz stations to test your footballing knowledge.
After Dundalk, the exhibition will head to Galway in March before finishing up in Dublin in June to coincide with the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament itself.