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Let’s paint the town red and white – Mayor Duffy

07 November 2022
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Sandra Duffy, has urged the North West public to get their colours out this week and get behind Derry City’s FAI Cup Final bid.
Ruaidhri Higgins’ side have reached the Aviva Stadium showpiece for the first time in eight years following a ground breaking season where they finished runners up in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
Mayor Duffy will attend Sunday’s final and she has called for businesses and residents from all corners of the North West to get their flags and colours out this week and to attend the game in person where a record attendance can help inspire the team to another famous win.
“The exploits of Derry City on the pitch this year has really captured the public’s imagination,” she said. “Demand for match tickets is at an all time high and it’s been heartening to see people throughout the City and District wearing their Derry gear and talking about the team with such passion and excitement.
“The cup final is an opportunity for businesses and supporters from across the region to show their appreciation for the hard work that everyone at the club has done this year to take things to the next level.
“It would be great to see businesses, homes, social media profiles and cars decked in red and white this week and a record support travelling down the road on Sunday for what will be a momentous day out for all the family.”
The Mayor this week recorded a video message at the Brandywell in support of the team and has facilitated the lighting of the Guildhall Clock, Strand Road Council offices and the Alley Theatre in red and white over the weekend.
The club have created the facility for people to temporarily change their Facebook profile pictures in support of the team with the Mayor already changing hers this week.  
“You can really feel the atmosphere and excitement building around the City and District this week, it’s all anyone is talking about and it’s just brilliant to see the role sport can play in generating civic pride and lifting everyone’s mood,” she added.
“I know from speaking to the players and staff this season that the strength of the support and the unique connection between the fans and the players is something that has helped drive them on this year.
“Let’s make sure the players are walking out to a wall of noise and a sea of red and white when they look to their left at the Aviva on Sunday - together I firmly believe we can write a new chapter in this club’s rich history.
“Sincere best wishes to Ruaidhri and the team and a safe journey to everyone making the trip to Dublin, go and make memories to last a lifetime and I look forward to welcoming you all back with the cup on Monday!”
Tickets for the final which has a 3pm kick off are available online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk