Barr: Bond between Brigid's band of brothers key to glory

Diarmuid Geraghty

St Brigid's All-Ireland Féile Division 1 winning manager Keith Barr has paid tribute to the "special bond" that has been developed among the group.

When asked what was the thing that separated his charges from other teams, he replied: "Friendship".

The Dublin 15 men were in awesome form over the weekend and their lowest winning margin over five games was eight points. Indeed, the strength of the side could be seen by the fact that they did not concede a single score from play in either the semi-final or final.

"The boys are very dedicated to training," Barr said afterwards. "Every single one of them is treated equally. We encourage friendship, discipline and dignity.

"We have 40 players on our A and B side and 39 of those play hurling as well which just shows you their commitment.

"Their parents and families also deserve great credit for their efforts while the club of St Brigid's have been brilliant along with the club chairman and the director of football, Gerry McEntee, and the director of hurling, Timmy O'Mahony.

"Like in every club in Dublin there is massive work going on behind the scenes. We are only a fraction of the juvenile section, but the future of Brigid's is bright. We all feed off the senior team and we are lucky to have the Dublin senior champions in the club as well."

Barr was also quick to heap praise upon the rest of the management team, Johnny McGuirk, Joey O'Shea, Traolach O'Sullivan, Keith O'Neill and Richie Holmes, as well as their host club for the weekend, Ferbane/Belmont: "Eddie McNally, Ger Nugent, Michael Grehan, Padraig Clancy and anyone attached to that club are an absolute credit to themselves and their county."

The Dublin legend felt that, after winning the Dublin title last month, Brigid's owed it to the county to go to Laois and Offaly and represent Dublin with pride. Indeed, given that they are now the fifth team in succession from the county to win the title, he said that it can only be a good thing for the future.

"Only one team can represent Dublin in the Division one Féile," he continued. "We felt it was important to represent all the clubs in Dublin. There are so many great clubs around and so many great people behind the scenes. It was an honour to represent them and it worked out well.

"I'd like to thank the clubs who wished us well also - Clontarf, St Sylvester's, Clontarf, Na Fianna and our neighbours St Oliver Plunkett's."