DUBLIN SELECTORS SEEK BEST TALENT.
SHANE O’Brien has stepped into the chair. His management unit made national news.
“It’s a real statement of intent from Dublin camogie,” announced Pauric Lodge on RTé radio.
And so it is. Dublin, the queens of the sport, want to dance again. It’s 1984 since they last lifted the O’Duffy Cup. Ann Colgan had the honour. Dublin beat Tipperary. It was their 26th All-Ireland title.
The years in between have been bleak enough. Sunshine days were very few.
Two years ago, the Dubs were only a fingernail away from the All-Ireland Championship semi-final.
That was a memorable occasion in Parnell Park. Offaly just pipped the Blues.
The Dublin girls left everything on the turf that day. But Offaly just had enough water in the kettle.
They are an example of a county that has travelled far. Joachim Kelly did wonderful work there.
In the capital, the toil has been going on to keep the talented young players coming through. Now, the aim is to have a flagship senior side that everybody wants to play for.
The trials will begin shortly. Officials are hoping that big numbers will arrive.
Nothing beats the honour of wearing the county jersey.
Shane’s cohorts have done that. John Treacy was the prince of full-backs. He captained Dublin.
Shane Dalton was a forward that could avoid the heaviest traffic.
He’s been managing the St Vincent’s camogie side. And he has been making a good job of it. He guided them to the last three county finals.
They lost to Ballyboden in all three, the last two in compelling contests.
Derek Ryan has excelled in another arena. He rose to become the seventh best squash player in the world.
He was part of Colum King’s management ticket last season.
Michael O’Grady is also on the roll as a special advisor. And Danny Sutcliffe has been installed as Dublin’s camogie ambassador.
Hopefully, the All-Star will have some Dublin camogie All-Stars to celebrate in the future. Dublin have had three over the years -Ciara Lucey, Louise O’Hara and Eimear Brannigan.
Shane himself has an impressive CV. He played senior hurling for Cuala.
He was the Dublin U21 hurling coach, and he has also managed at senior club and colleges level.
Nobody is promising a golden tomorrow.
But all are waiting for the new dawn.
And getting the best players in the county to play for the county is the first step.