DALTON DELIGHTS ON THE BLUE BUS.
SHANE Dalton is still embracing the amount of goodwill that accompanies him on his daily journey.
“It’s been incredible,” he says since he stepped on board the Dublin Express.
Shane is part of Shane O’Brien’s Dublin ticket that includes the former Dublin full-back and captain, John Treacy.
Also in the dugout are Michael O’Grady, Derek Ryan, Sandra Tarr and Danny Sutcliffe as the team’s ambassador.
“People have been wishing me well all over the place,” reveals Shane (pictured below), the ex-county hurler.
“They are coming up to me shaking my hand, and, to be honest, I don’t know some of them!
“People have been ringing me. Texting. They have been on Facebook and Twitter.
“My own club members have been very supportive. The reaction has been very uplifting.”
A consequence of his new role will see Shane leave his post as the St Vincent’s senior camogie manager. He’ll do so with a heavy heart.Under his guidance, they reached the last three Dublin Senior championship finals.
“Unfortunately, we were beaten in the three of them. But we just met a better team on the day in Ballyboden.
“The last two years were very tight, and this year’s final was the closest of all. There was nothing in it.”
The Marino girls have oozed consistency. “We have won three out of the last four Division 1 Leagues.
“I think we have only lost four or five games in the last four years. We were undefeated for the last two years in the League.
“That’s a great credit to the girls. They gave it 100 per cent.
“They gave it their every ounce. As a management team, we couldn’t have asked for more.
“The attendance at training was first-class, even during the summer when holidays came into play.
“Many of them didn’t take holidays at all. And those that did came back even lighter because they were training in the heat.”
Several of the Vincent’s number also wear the Dublin Blue, and Shane feels there’s a fresh sense of optimism sweeping up the Liffey.
“We are only at the start. We all know that. But it’s been positive.
“Especially when you look at the calibre of personnel that Shane has brought onto the management.
“The likes of Michael O’Grady and John Treacy have so much experience.”
Shane has a celebrated Dublin CV himself, and from his time as Vincent’s camogie manager, he has seen the talent that is in the county.
“The players are in Dublin. The quality is there and they are well capable of competing on the national stage.”