BOLAND BACK IN BLUE FOR GILROY’S HURLERS

Joey Boland
Joey Boland returns to senior hurling action after lengthy absence.

Earlier this week news broke that Ballyboden St. Enda’s Star Conal Keaney had ended his retirement and returned to training with the Dublin Senior Hurlers under new manager Pat Gilroy. Today, maybe less surprisingly, former county hurler Joey Boland joined that list of returning players to the new Dublin set up.

Boland, who plays his club hurling with Na Fianna, last played for Dublin as a substitute against Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn in 2016 and saw his playing time dry up under then manager Ger Cunningham. In earlier years, Boland was par of the 2011 National League winning team, and of course the 2013 Leinster Championship winning side under the watchful eye of Anthony Daly.

Joey has now added his name to an ever growing list, who either moved on or were surplus to requirements in recent years. These include Alan Nolan, Peter Kelly, Shane Durkin, Paul Ryan, Danny Sutcliffe, Johnny McCaffrey, Daire Plunkett and Keaney.

McCaffrey, Nolan and Sutcliffe have already featured in Dublin’s Walsh Cup panels and it’s also likely that Colm Cronin, Mark and Paul Schutte will make a return once Chaka have finished their All Ireland campaign.

Durkin, Kelly and Ryan are expected to get a run out hopefully before the end of the current Leinster Pre Season competition, but boss Pat Gilroy is unlikely to make too many alterations to the side that beat Antrim last weekend as they face Wexford in the Semi Finals.