One of the big minuses is competing for media interest with other sports like GAA and the ever expanding Rugby season. Then every second year you have either the World Cup, European Championships and also the Olympics to contend with.
But with the right promotion, the right product, I feel we can still attract good crowds.
I noted that attendances on the first weekend of the new season were up 17 per cent overall. But really I am mainly interested in our own attendances and I am confident they will be as good as if not better than anybody else in the League.
The biggest crowds in recent years were when the four Dublin clubs were doing well, along with Cork and Derry. In recent seasons that has not been the case. This season now have Bohemians Shamrock Rovers, UCD and St. Pat's in the top division with Drogheda United not far away.
I think Inchicore is a great area for an Eircom League club. Since I was manager in 1996, the Luas has now been installed and the stadium is very easy to get to from anywhere in South West Dublin
We have no intention of leaving Inchicore. The area needs St. Pat's and St. Pat's needs the area.
We have made a great start to the new season, beating Longford Town away in the League and then 48 hours later going down to Cork and picking up our first ever away points in the Setanta Cup.
Now we have to build on that great start. I know from past experience how difficult it is to win the League. You have to be very consistent over 33 games.
All through my time away from Pat's I got some great support from some of the people that I got to know during my ten years in Inchicore.
I have remained on friendly terms with many of those people and I know they have faith in my ability to deliver.
I am very happy to be renewing and look forward to further cementing those relations over the coming years.
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