Dundalk FC will return to league action with a home match against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday July 31st at 7.45pm.
The game, which had originally been scheduled for March 13th before the league was halted as part of the lockdown for Covid-19, will be the highlight of the opening week’s return of the SSE Airtricity League with live television coverage on RTÉ Two.
As expected when the fixtures were released last Monday night, the matches will run in the same order that they would have had the league not be stopped.
This will mean that Dundalk’s first trip will come on Friday August 7th when they face Bohemians in a 5.45pm kick-off at Oriel Park.
The FAI Cup tie with Waterford FC will then take place on Tuesday August 11th before John Sheridan’s side visit Oriel Park again three days later in the league.
A trip to face Sligo Rovers on Saturday August 22nd at 5pm has also been pencilled in either side of the club’s proposed Champions League first qualifying round tie – the draw for which will take place on August 10th – and either a second qualifying round game the next week or a Europe League qualifier should Vinny Perth’s side not overcome the first hurdle.
Into September, both the trip to face Derry City on Friday September 4th and the home tie with Shelbourne on Friday September 11th will both be televised. There is then a trip to Turner’s Cross to face Cork City a week later before the crunch meeting with Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park on Friday September 25th.
The title run-in will then feature five games each Friday in October with Finn Harps at home on October 2nd, St Patrick’s Athletic away on October 9th, Bohemians at home on October 16th, Waterford away on October 23rd and Sligo Rovers at home on October 30th.
As per current Government guidelines, only 200 people will be permitted in League of Ireland grounds. This figure includes players, staff, match officials, healthcare staff and media, leaving little room for supporters.
Dundalk FC are set to confirm this week, however, that the League of Ireland’s new streaming platform will be made available to all season ticket holders free of charge, allowing them to watch not only their own side in action but also other League of Ireland games which have not been chosen for television by either RTÉ or eirSport. The package for others looking to sign up will cost €55 or €69 for those overseas.