Jane Mc Dermott is our Chairperson. Jane is well known as a Supporter Liaison Officer with the club and has been the Disability Officer for many years too. One of her favourite Dundalk moments was winning the league by beating Cork in Oriel. Jane had travelled down from Dublin that day on the train and ended up in a carriage full of Cork fans. We're sure she gave as good as she got. She'll tell you her favourite player is Daryl Horgan but really it's Brian Gartland. Her wish for the future is stability for the club and fans and that supporters can work together to bring back community spirit to the club. She hopes that LOI gains greater attention from national media and more support from politicians. Her Oriel ritual is always having a cup of tea at halftime.
Don't let the Drogheda accent fool you, she's a Lilywhite through and through. She fell in love with DFC watching Daryl Horgan sprint down the wing. She loves bringing her kids to games and enjoys experiencing the highs and lows of LOI football with them. Orla and her son, Logan, are part of the Oriel Commentary Team at Dundalk FM. She loves the feeling of walking up to Oriel and watching everyone leave their homes and cars as they grab their scarves to head up the Carrick road. She loves nothing more than discussing the in's and out's of all things Lilywhite with anyone that'll listen. She'd love to promote LOI to a wider audience and bring more fans through the gates of Oriel and make Friday nights in Oriel an unmissable family experience.
She's been going to Oriel since she was a youngster. Every Sunday morning she would check to see who Dundalk were playing so she wouldn't accidentally wear their colours. She prefers The Shed as she says she's too noisy for The Stand and brings a bottle of water so she doesn't get hoarse. She cried when Alan O 'Neill left the club...Well, she was only 10! She loves away trips to Derry and Tallaght and likes to get into the grounds early so she can catch up with other fans. One of her best memories is being in Newbridge, the night we got promoted. She was convinced the excitement would send her into early labour as she was 8 and a half months pregnant.
She grew up with all things Dundalk in the house as Dad, Brian is also a massive fan. It runs in the family as her 13-year-old niece, Mia, is also an avid fan and accompanies them to all the games. Before heading into Oriel the trio meets up to discuss tactics and teamsheets. In a recent Cup Final, her brother promised to get them great seats in the Aviva. When they arrived, their seats were in the middle of all the Rovers fans. They did manage to cheer themselves up by jumping to the top of the beverages queue at halftime though. Adele hopes fans keep supporting the club and keep up the community spirit.
Sonja Van Kalkeren
Sonja Van Kalkeren is as well known for her amazing work with the homeless as she is for supporting Dundalk. She's been going to Oriel for more years than she cares to remember and her earliest memory is seeing her brother, Richard, head off to Oriel and wanting to follow him up the road. She starts off gameday at home with a houseful of fans and loves the excitement of the walk up to Oriel and heading for The Shed. Although, she does relish the trips to Tallaght and seeing who can come out on top against our biggest rivals. Her all-time favourite player is Martin Lawlor and more recently Stephen O'Donnell. If we gave her an infinite amount of money, she'd hire Ronaldo. Wouldn't we all, Sonja, wouldn't we all.