Dubs put through hoops
Published 02/04/2011 | 05:00
GAA rules may ban every club in the country from sharing their facilities with soccer teams, but Dublin's footballers are hoping a recent trip to train at Glasgow Celtic will help them reach the league final for the first time since 1999.
The Dubs take on Down just over a week after spending two days working out in Celtic's Lennoxtown training centre, thanks to the Scottish club's majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond.
"Dermot's a big Dublin supporter and he put me in touch with Neil Lennon," explained Dublin manager Pat Gilroy. "The idea was just to break out of the routine of going to the same place every Tuesday and Thursday, and spend a bit of extra time together.
"It was an international soccer week, so there were only a few Celtic players there. We trained hard over the two days at a top-class facility and Celtic were very hospitable to us."
Lennon hails from Lurgan and played Gaelic football for the Armagh minors before pursuing his soccer career.
"He's a very nice fella, really big into the GAA and was very up to date on it," Gilroy said. "He spent five or six hours with us when we were training and I think he was fairly impressed with the level of intensity of our sessions."