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Don't discount the Jackies suggests Leinster chief

Last year was a good year for the Jackies, a very good year.

They reached their first Division 1 League final, and they came close to winning it.

Then they came within a lick of paint of parading the Brendan Martin Cup down Dawson Street.

This season, the team has lost several of its leading performers. Still, they reached the League semi-final.

And the Leinster president, Finbarr O'Driscoll, suggests that coming in under the radar could well be an advantage in the months ahead for Gregory McGonigle's talented bunch.

"Most people are talking about Cork and Galway as the big favourites for the All-Ireland," states Finbarr. "Dublin are not on many people's list to do it, but that can be a good thing. That can help a team.

"When Dublin lost the League semi-final to Galway, people were not giving them much of a chance in the All-Ireland, but we'll see," he adds.

"Kerry are another team I wouldn't rule out.

"They are capable of causing a surprise here and there.

"Up North, you are probably talking about Monaghan again, but there has been talk about Donegal making a breakthrough.

"It will be interesting."