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áine impressed by new King of Dublin

THE GAA have just appointed Aogán ó Fearghail as the new GAA president. Pat Fanning was one of the most famous GAA presidents of all. He was in high office when Rule 42 was removed.

Pat was from Waterford. "He had a big interest in the Dublin camogie team. He followed all their results," recalls Pat's granddaughter, áine Fanning.

áine's Dad, Pat, is managing the Dublin minor hurlers. There's optimism in the air.

áine has two brothers at Na Fianna, Ciarán and Colm, while her mother, Emer, was an accomplished camogie player, winning the Dublin Senior Championship with Scoil Uí Chonaill.

Her parents are regular supporters at the Dublin matches, and the sliotar is very often the centre-fold at the dinner-table.

Denis Murphy's last supper with the Dublin squad had ripples of sadness. Denis, Ann Colgan and Brian Lawlor gave it their best shot. "You could not have asked anymore. Denis has given so much to Dublin camogie over the years," states áine.

She has also been impressed with new boss, Colum King, and his crew. "Everybody is focused, and it's a boost having somebody like the former Irish squash player, Derek Ryan, involved. He brings that extra experience with him, regarding gym work, stretching and the like."