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Des McAleenan RIP
Former Stella Maris Player & Goalkeeping Coach

The DDSL is very sad to hear of the passing of Des McAleenan, a former player with Stella Maris as well as coaching their young goalkeepers during visits back home. Not many people will have heard of Des but in footballing terms, his coaching story is second to none. Des was goalkeeping coach to the Colombian national men's team working under their Portuguese and former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz.

Des, who is from Artane in Dublin, spent many years living and working in the US and worked alongside managers Bob Bradley, Bruce Arena and Juan Carlos Osoria. He also worked with, amongst many others, US goalkeeper Tony Meola as well as Tim Howard playing a big part in his move to Manchester United from MLS club MetroStars (now known as New York Red Bulls). He also coached at Saudi Arabia's most famous club Al-Hilal.

Last year he gave a fascinating insight to his life in an interview with OTB Sports and you can watch and listen to that story by Clicking Here (from 27 minutes onwards)

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ar dheist Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

01/03/2021 12:56
FAI Press Release Cancellation of Underage Elite Football / Return to Level 3 Restrictions
Sadly Once Again The Needs Of Children Involved In Sport Have Been Ignored

As you are all aware by now, we have moved from level 5 to level 3. Naturally this has been welcomed in many quarters but sadly once again the needs of children involved in sport have been ignored.

This is so disappointing at a time when there has been so much positivity around Children following the recent excellent “Late Late Show”. Our Charity Partners, Childline, will testify to the benefits to the mental and physical health of our children gained from their involvement in Sport. While access to regular training is welcome there is simply no substitute for children playing football matches and no excuse for discriminating between one group of children and another group through the use of the word Elite.

For the full FAI Press Release Cancellation of Underage Elite Football, please Click Here

What can we do?

As you are aware the Board of Directors, Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League wrote to the FAI President Mr Gerry McAnaney on October 15th to express its dismay as to the designation of the underage national league as Elite. This was as a result of the reaction and backlash of our Stakeholders (Secretaries, Managers, Coaches, parents & Guardians) to the FAI statement issued on 18th September.

05/12/2020 11:44
Let’s Get The Kids Back Playing

The Executive Football Committee Dublin & District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League are pleased to announce the launch of the “LET’S GET THE KIDS BACK PLAYING” initiative.

As we approach the Festive Season there are reasons for optimism and hope that the Country is turning the corner and we can look forward to 2021. The phrase most used by those of us involved with Schoolboy Football since matches were suspended in September is “Let’s get the Kids back playing”

This is indeed our primary goal.


We are hopeful that a return to Level 3 restrictions will enable ALL CHILDREN to return to playing football.


22/11/2020 14:59
Safer Return To Training
13/06/2020 18:49
Colin Hawkins reveals how St Mochta's kept busy during the lockdown and why making it 'fun' is essential to coaching young players.
13/06/2020 18:31
KDUL Elite Academy
Book here for KDUL Elite Academy - Tougher Park

Online booking for KDUL Elite Academy is now open. All players have been selected by the KDUL.

The cost is €xxx (excluding transaction charge of €1.75).

The KDUL has Public Liability Insurance only so parents should have Personal Insurance for their child.

Please complete the online form, accept the terms and conditions and pay online here.

26/10/2019 19:37
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