Former Limerick player, Maurice O’ Brien, who played at wing back in the county’s u-21 successes in 2001 and 2002 has been added to the Dublin senior hurling squad by manager Anthony Daly. Now playing his club hurling with Faughs, O Brien was introduced as a substitute in a recent challenge game against Offaly.
The Limerick man may feature against Kilkenny in Sunday’s first round Wlsh Cup fixture in Parnell Park. The Dublin manager will be forced to select a team from a reduced squad as many of his players are unavailable. Joey Boland, Oisin Gough, Kevin Reilly and Peter Kelly are “cup tied” with their respective third level colleges.
Kilmacud Crokes players, Ross and Rory O’Carroll, are unavailable due to club commitments as they prepare for the All Ireland club football championship and Lucan Sarsfield’s player, Johnny McCaffrey, is unavailable.
Alan McCrabbe, who has not featured on the Dublin team since the early rounds of last year’s National League, is expected to make a return against Kilkenny. Sunday next could also see a return to inter-county action for Damien Russell and Shane Martin.
Supporters attending the match on Sunday are reminded that Friends of Dublin Hurling will be in attendance signing up and renewing membership for the coming year. Membership costs just €20 and all monies raised will be used to support ongoing hurling development projects in Dublin.