2014 A GREAT SEASON FOR DUBLIN GAA.
On Sunday the curtain came down on the inter county season after our galant Dublin Senior Ladies Footballers heartbreakingly lost the All Ireland Final.
But 2014 has been a great season for Dublin Gaa with a lot of highs and a few lows but there was plenty of silverware won along the way.
Our Dublin Hurlers had a tough year compared to 2013 and Anthony Daly stepped down as senior manager after six successful years at the helm. It will be a tough act to follow but the talent is there to bring more success. The one bright spot for the Seniors was they avoided relegation and will be playing in the top division of the league next year which will stand to them coming into the Championship. So it will be a fresh start next season and it promises to be an exciting year for Dublin hurling at all grades with our seniors and underage teams looking to get back to the highs of the past couple of years.
Dublin Camogie started their rebuilding this year and although it was a tough season they are well on their way to restoring Dublin Camogie to the top table again. They did have success in Leinster with the U16’s and Minor A squads who both won silverware and the talent that is playing at all grades means the future is very bright for Camogie in the capital for many years to come.
Our Senior Men’s Footballers had another great season retaining their League and Leinster titles and just had one of those very rare bad days at the office in the All Ireland Semi Final but they will be back to put that right in 2015 and regain Sam. Our U21 men’s squad had a very successful year winning not only Leinster but the All Ireland Title and the talent on the squad is unreal and they will be back in 2015 to go all out and make it two in a row. The Minor men’s squad also had an excellent season winning a Leinster title and just coming up short in their All Ireland Semi but there is no denying it is a special squad of players who will have Dublin legend Paddy Christie at the helm next year and will be pushing to go all the way next season.
And finally it’s been a fantastic year for Dublin Ladies Football with Leinster titles won at U14,U16,Minor,U21 and Senior levels. The underage squads were very unlucky not to add All Ireland titles as well but there is such an array of talent there that it will be no surprise next season if they do a clean sweep at All Ireland level.
One side who did go all the way was our U21 Ladies Football Squad who were unbelievable this season,playing a scintillating brand of attacking football on the way to All Ireland glory and they will be hard to stop next season making it back to back titles.
Then there is our Senior Ladies Footballers who were just phenomenal this season,reaching Dublin’s first ever Division One League Final which they were very unlucky to lose. They swept all before them in Leinster before playing two scintillating games at the quarter and semi final stages. Then they topped it off with an unbelievable display in one of the best All Ireland Finals I’ve had the pleasure of attending. They heartbreakingly lost by the narrowest of margins but the experience this young side has gained this season will bring them on leaps and bounds and I’m convinced they will go all the way to All Ireland Glory in 2015.
So this year has been a brilliant one for Dublin Gaa and I’m already excited for next year in what I believe will be an even more successful one. THE FUTURES BRIGHT, THE FUTURES BLUE. (Nigel)