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Cummins: Daly is right to set bar high for Blues

DUBLIN are not being over-ambitious in their lofty aspiration to win an All-Ireland senior hurling title every five years, according to veteran Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins.

The one-in-every-five target for SHC glory was contained in Dublin GAA's recent 'Blue Wave' strategic plan, and struck some non-Dubs as pie-in-the-sky given that the county hasn't lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1938.

But Cummins is not among them. "I don't see why the bar can't be set that high for them because the talent is coming through now after the work over the last five or six years, so why not?" he reasoned.

"There's no way Dublin are the whipping boys of anybody any more. Anthony Daly made a speech about that before (when playing for Clare).

"He's instilled that into Dublin now; I think he's one of the best managers in the country.

"Now they've a national (league) title, an All-Ireland semi-final, and they're talking about big things in 2012 -- and rightly so," Cummins insisted.

The 36-year-old netminder set an all-time championship appearance record when Tipp narrowly squeezed past an injury-ravaged Dublin in last August's All-Ireland semi-final, only to surrender their crown against a resurgent Kilkenny.

"The manner in which we got beaten was the hardest thing that I struggled with," admitted Cummins, who has vowed to play on next season on the proviso that the call comes from manager Declan Ryan.

LEITRIM selectors Barry Breen and George Dugdale will take over as interim managers after Mickey Moran's sudden decision to step down for health reasons. County secretary Diarmuid Sweeney has eased fears about Moran by clarifying that his health issues are not life-threatening.

Breen was a selector with Moran in recent years and Dugdale, who had been part of previous managements, had joined his back room this autumn in place of Martin McGowan.

Moran had been re-appointed for a fourth successive season.


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