RONAN MAC LOCHLAINN – 06 AUGUST 2013 02:30 PM
DUBLIN’S path this year to their first provincial title since 1961 was the culmination of years of terrific work done at all levels as the Dubs drive to join the elite of hurling.
Momentum has increased since the appointment of Anthony Daly and his management team in late 2008 but the seeds had been sown prior to that point with the introduction of development panels, emphasis on school and college squads and a generally more professional outlook.
The list below highlights some pivotal moments in Dublin’s hurling renaissance over the past 12 years and the influence of many current senior hurlers.
Leinster Colleges SH Final: Dublin Colleges v Good Counsel, Dr Cullen Park, March 31, 2001
Following two successive final defeats at the hands of St Kieran’s, the Dubs, under the stewardship of Colm Mac Séalaigh, eventually gained revenge on the Kilkenny nursery with a memorable extra-time win at the semi-final stage.
Captained by Conal Keaney at centrefield and including senior panellists Stephen Hiney and David O’Callaghan, Dublin raced into an early five-point lead and held on by 1-9 to 1-6 with ‘Dotsy’ claiming the crucial goal.
Leinster MHC Final: Dublin v Wexford, Croke Park, July 3, 2005
A first provincial crown since 1983 was just reward for the Dubs as they defeated Wexford by 0-17 to 0-12 with John McCaffrey captain of a panel that also included Shane Durkin, Joey Boland and Declan O’Dwyer from Anthony Daly’s current panel.
Tomás Brady, who this year opted for football, was also an inspirational presence.
All-Ireland Colleges SH Final: Dublin Colleges v St Flannan’s, Dr Cullen Park, May 1, 2006
A Bank Holiday Monday to remember for the Dubs as they claimed the Croke Cup for the first time as a superb second-half display helped them overcome St Flannan’s of Ennis by 1-11 to 0-11.
Leading by 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval, Cian McBride’s 42nd-minute goal gave Dublin added momentum while goalkeeper Simon Lambert showed his versatility with a string of superb saves.
Leinster U-21HC Final: Dublin v Wexford, Parnell Park, July 18, 2007
A memorable night in The Neller as Seán Lane guided the Dubs to a deserved but nervy 2-17 to 3-9 win over Offaly.