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Blues begin odyssey with Faithful face-off

ON Sunday, Dublin's second team host Offaly in their opening tie in the All-Ireland Junior A Championship in Parnell Park.

Then, on June 30, Dublin are away to Cavan before heading to Carlow on July 14.

Dublin's second string have made commendable progress. There's keen competition for places.

Last year they reached the Championship final and won the National League Division 4.

They have a fan in camogie president Aileen Lawlor. "They had a super year in 2012, and this season they reached the Division 3 final," remarks Aileen.

This squad's progress is an echo of the work that is going on in the capital, which saw the All-Ireland U16 Championship title coming back to Dublin last August for the first time since 1982.

Aileen feels that Dublin hosting the National Féile also added to the mood. "That gave a great boost to the clubs and the city," she said. "You had the parade coming down from Croke Park to O'Connell Street. That was a big lift for everybody."

There are more than 100,000 members of the Camogie Association. A full-house at Croke Park one day for the All-Ireland finals would be just the ticket. Last week, camogie launched 'The Gathering' at the Mansion House.

"We hope to see big crowds at the matches this summer. Camogie is a great product," declares Pat O'Brien, CEO of Liberty Insurance.

And on the championship's maiden weekend, nobody will be taking any liberties with the Dubs!