Donegal joy at Cardiff City promotion

There's a Donegal link to Cardiff City who won promotion back to the Premier Division at the weekend

Matt Britton


Matt Britton


Cardiff won promotion - Donegal celbrations

Ardara woman Yvonne McNelis with her fiancee, Cardiff City keeper, Brian Murphy on the pitch after promotion was confirmed.

There were extra special celebrations in some parts of south Donegal at the weekend as Cardiff City clinched automatic promotion to the Premiership.
One Donegal woman, Yvonne McNelis, was on the pitch amidst the delirious celebrations joining her fiancée goalkeeper and Waterford man Brian Murphy.
Former Riverdancer Yvonne from Ardara and the McNelis Bonner School of Dance celebrated their engagement to Brian in Dubai just last month and she was just over the moon at Sunday’s match.
The couple met through a mutual friend and started dating two years ago and Yvonne gave up her physiotherapy job at the Mater Hospital in Dublin and moved to Cardiff in 2017 where Brian is now based with the Cardiff team.
Indeed there is another strong Donegal Town connection with the team as Dr. Lyndon Meehan, the son of our Democrat columnist Paddy Meehan is dentist to the team as well as looking after the Welsh Rugby team.

Celebration time for Cardiff City

Brian Murphy played football and hurling in Dunmore East. As a teenager, he did not harbour ambitions to be a professional football player. He was involved in many sports as a child including gaelic, hurling and rugby.
It was rugby that Murphy wished to pursue as a career, playing as an outside half for his school and club. He was also the kicker for his teams, and once confessed to being able to "boom a ball a long way from about 14 years old".
This is now something that he has developed a reputation for as a professional goalkeeper. At 15 years of age, Murphy had rugby trials with Ireland but ultimately decided not to pursue when Manchester City offered him a place in their youth set-up.
Murphy and Cardiff will join champions Wolves in the Premiership next season. Cardiff only managed a 0-0 draw in their final game on Sunday, but with promotion rivals Fulham losing at Birmingham, the Welsh club secured second spot.