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Cabinteely FC have become the newest member of the Airtricity League

The South Dublin club will play their matches at the home of Blackrock RFC in Stradbrook if successful.

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Updated 15.53pm

CABINTEELY FC HAVE been confirmed today as the newest member of the Airtricity League.

The FAI’s Licensing Committee this morning to discuss the club’s application for a First Division licence, which was then subsequently awarded.Cabinteely will play their matches at the home of Blackrock RFC in Stradbrook.

“I would like to welcome Cabinteely FC into the SSE Airtricity League,” stated Fran Gavin, FAI Competitions Director.

“We have been involved in discussions with the club in recent months. They have good structures in place and good foundations on which to build a First Division side that can compete nationally. They were accepted as a member of the SSE Airtricity League following receipt of a number of expressions of interest and subsequent discussions.

“Cabinteely will be filling the position left vacant by Shamrock Rovers and are set to join Athlone Town, Cobh Ramblers, Finn Harps Shelbourne, UCD, Waterford United and Wexford Youths in the 2015 SSE Airtricity League First Division.”

Fran Gavin Fran Gavin. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Club chairman Mark Smith had confirmed the news of their application in an official statement last night on their website.

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“To all Cabinteely FC members – I’m writing because you may have read in the newspapers about our application for League of Ireland Division 1 status and I wanted to give you a brief update.

“We had hoped to have kept this confidential and have an announcement in due course if the license is issued. The press have got wind of our application and discussions with the FAI and hence this communication.

A general view of Stradbrook Stradbrook will be the venue for Cabinteely's games. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

“We have agreed in principle with Blackrock RFC that the matches could be played in Stradbrook during the season March to October. Training facilities would also be provided.

“We will in due course issue a detailed briefing if the approval comes through and we agree all the relevant matters.”

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