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Ian Bermingham opens up on St Patrick’s Athletic’s “emotional” FAI Cup win

It was an emotional day for Ian Bermingham.

St Patrick’s Athletic skipper Ian Bermingham cut an emotional figure after the Saints clinched their fourth FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening.

Bermingham has been a stalwart at Richmond Park since joining almost a decade ago and he opened up on one of the most emotional days in his footballing career to date.

Heading into this weekend’s Cup final, Bermingham’s partner gave birth to their first-born, and he has topped off a perfect weekend for himself on a personal note.

Ian Bermingham on St Patrick’s Athletic winning the FAI Cup.

“It’s probably the best feeling I’ve had in football to be quite honest with you,” he said.

“Obviously winning the league and the cup a good few years ago was brilliant but you might think that it happens every year but to go on the decline we did…

St Patrick's Athletic Cup Final

“I say decline but we went on a little bit of a slip – over the last number of years and just to come back here and captain this team.

“I said it to the lads before the game, that it’s an absolute honour to lead them out into the Aviva for this club in a cup final. It was probably the proudest day of my football career to do that.”

Emotional Ian Bermingham opens up on FAI Cup win.

Prior to Stephen O’Donnell’s arrival at St Patrick’s Athletic, Bermingham and his teammates were at low ebb, and it was one they were struggling to shake off.

But they appear to have done that now, firing themselves back into the trophy conversation at the end of each year.

“The manager coming in has revitalised me,” he added. “I was getting a bit…
“I’m not saying I wasn’t happy but certain things in the club. It just wasn’t working, every season you go in thinking you are going to win the league and the cup, no matter what team you are playing for, but we weren’t doing well, really, I was getting frustrated more than anything.

Ian Bermingham St Pats FAI Cup Final

“The manager came in and immediately there was a change in mentality, it was great, something that I loved, I am thriving on it, I love going in to training every day.
“I am 32 now I thought I knew it all in football and I am still learning to this day, every day I listen, I am learning all the time. So it’s brilliant, I am delighted.”

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