David Ryan, on the right pictured with his brother Barry after Limerick FC were crowned Division 1 League Champions last season.
David Ryan, on the right pictured with his brother Barry after Limerick FC were crowned Division 1 League Champions last season.

Ennis man David Ryan as he aims to secure the goalkeeper’s jersey for Premier Division side St Patrick’s Athletic.

Ryan signed for last season’s FAI Cup finalists after seven successful seasons with Limerick FC, the club with whom he made his League of Ireland debut aged 16.

The former Lifford, Turnpike Rovers and Cloughleigh Celtic player will compete at Richmond Park with current number one Brendan Clarke for the goalkeeper’s jersey.

In making the move to Inchicore, Ryan follows in the footsteps of elder brother Barry who also played between the posts for St Pat’s.

Ryan is relishing the challenge and is looking forward to a season that  includes European football.

He said, “Hopefully if I stay fit and I get a run of games then I can challenge for the jersey. They had a very good year last year and a new challenge is always good. It’s definitely a step up.”

“I’ve always wanted to play in Dublin. You’re playing in big Dublin derbies, in front of big crowds.”

Pat’s made contact with Ryan during his holiday to Vietnam and once aware of their interest, he said the decision to join the eight time league champions was an “easy” one.

Ryan, who competed with Barry for the goalkeeper’s spot at Limerick FC, says he is proud of his time with the newly promoted mid west club.

“I owe a lot to Limerick. I made my debut at 16. I got great experience. After so long being out of the Premier Division, it was great to be part of the team that got promoted.”

Ryan is currently being put through his paces in pre-season training. He could make his Pats debut on February 11 when the Dublin club take on Glentoran in the Setanta Cup.

The move also continues the Ryan family’s long association with the League of Ireland. Apart from Barry, the brothers’ father, the legendary Noelie Ryan, played top flight football with Cork Celtic in the 1970s.

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Joe Ó Muircheartaigh graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a degree in history and politics. After completing a Diploma in Journalism at The College of Commerce, Rathmines in 1991, he embarked on a career in journalism. Joe spent four years with Clare FM from 1992 and was with The Clare Champion from 1996 to 2005. He has won two McNamee Awards for GAA journalism and has published two books. Contact Joe on jomuircheartaigh@clarepeople.ie

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