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Future will be golden for Dublin hurling

GOLDEN feet on Golden Lane. All heading for the Radisson Blu.

The annual Dublin Bus/Herald Dubs Stars awards lunch.

Des Cahill was the MC. It was his birthday. He was presented with an honoury Dubs Stars shirt.

He's a mentor with the Cuala senior footballers. "See yiz all in Division 1," he quipped.

It's a charming location. Glittering company. With much to savour.

The Dublin Senior Hurling Championship produced it's own season of Sundays.

The champions were in the building. Kilmacud lifted the county crown for the sixth time.

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It was a terrific championship. One of the best games of the lot was the semi-final involving St Jude's and O'Toole's.

Ger O'Meara played in it. He's played in quite a few.

He has seen the climate change in Dublin hurling, and the sky has never looked brighter.

"There has been a massive improvement in the standard of Dublin hurling," judges Ger.

"It's just been phenomenal, and it's going right through to the county team.

"You have lads with Dublin now from clubs that weren't known as hurling strongholds in the past, but now they are.

"There's so many new clubs now making an impact. Just look at Ballinteer St John's for example. Seán Lane has done fantastic work out there. And they have come on hugely."

Around the walls of the dining room were pictures of many players who graced the Dubs Stars parade over the years.

In the O'Toole's party were two stick-artists that did more than their share, Peadar Carton senior and Joey Morris.

And they are still doing it. Joey is the O'Toole's manager, and Peadar, the Lord of the Larriers, is a trusty co-pilot.

In the Dublin hurling's roll of honour, O'Toole's, with eight wins, stand in joint fourth spot on the leader-board alongside UCD and behind Faughs (31), St Vincent's (13) and Commercials (9). And the Blunden Boys are never far away from the trophy cabinet.

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"We went close again this season, but obviously we were disappointed at the end of it," mused Ger, their highly accomplished left half-back.

"But we are already looking forward to next season. Overall, it wasn't a bad year for us, and we are hungrier than ever."


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