WHO will enter the Dublin Hurling Hall of Fame this year? Find out at the Red Cow Hotel on Friday, November 16.
It’s Dublin Hurling’s chance to don its best bib and tucker, and to honour those that make an outstanding contribution to hurling in the capital.
The Dublin Féile Na nGael committee and the Fingal team that won Division 3 of the National League will be the guests of honour.
“Fingal hurling had a tremendous year with that Division 3 victory and also winning the All-Ireland Minor C Championship,” relates Friends of Dublin Hurling supremo, Michael O’Grady.
Michael also has fond memories of the Féile. “That was special. There was such a community spirit to the whole thing. The parade on O’Connell Street was such a delight. It was certainly a highlight.”
So was the achievement of the Dublin minors reaching the All-Ireland final. “We were unlucky not to beat Tipp the first day. Hopefully the lads can progress now and get an All-Ireland U21 medal,” states Michael.
“Our 21s had a poor year this time. They were very disappointing in losing to Laois. The management and the players took the blame, but the county board wasn’t faultless.
“They were slow in appointing a management team and then fixing county senior championship fixtures didn’t help the squad’s preparations.
“After the highs of 2011, the seniors had a bad return for all the work they put in. I felt they were playing well enough in the league. Scoring six goals against a near full strength Kilkenny side in Nowlan Park was impressive.
“In the relegation match with Galway in Tullamore, we were lucky to get the draw after Ryan O’Dwyer was sent off. Barry Kelly had a good All-Ireland final, but he gave some very harsh decisions against Dublin that day.
“The wheels began to come off in the replay and we never got back to our best again. We learned nothing against Laois. And things went from bad to worse against Kilkenny and Clare. I don’t know, was it a case of the players being too tired or mentally drained?
“Hopefully, the management and players can put their finger on what went wrong.
“Anthony Daly staying on shows his commitment to Dublin, and I think we’ll see the old Dublin returning.”
Meanwhile, the work continues at base camp. The clubs are putting in the hard work and getting the rewards. And the college scene is also thriving.
“Kilmacud and Cuala were in the county final this month. It was good to see so many young players on both sides. They’ll be around for a long time.
“I believe that Dublin clubs lead the way when it comes to promoting juvenile hurling. What St Brigid’s achieved in the Féile was extraordinary. Winning the football and the hurling Division 1 titles. That’s unlikely to happen again.”
The St Brigid’s management crew will be honoured by the Friends of Dublin Hurling at the awards night. The Division 6 Féile champs, Setanta, will also be called to the podium, as will Paul Winters, who overcame health problems to star for the Dublin minors.
The awards are as follows:
Young Hurler of the Year: Cormac Costello
Adult Hurler of the Year: Gary Maguire.
Juvenile Club of the Year: St Maur’s.
Adult Club of the Year: Raheny.
Primary School of the Year: St Canice’s, Finglas.
Secondary School of the Year: Ardscoil Rís, Marino
Laoch Gorm Awards – Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Rory Trainor, Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran and Danny Sutcliffe
Special Achievement Awards– Club- St Brigid’s and Setanta
Special Achievement Awards – Players – Cormac Costello, Eric Lowndes, Conor McHugh, Donal Gormley and Paul Winters
Hall of Fame 2012– Announced on the night
Tickets cost €30 and are available from Michael (087-2331983)/Tom (087-9783735) or from www.fodh.ie.
– Niall Scully- Evening Herald.