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CCC are determined to finish all competitions within calendar year

EVEN if Rosanna Davison rang the Dublin CCC office, she'd stand no chance of getting a match called off.

John McNicholas and colleagues would immediately put the caller on hold and then turn on Lyric FM.

"Games will not be called off willy-nilly," warns the new CCC chief, Dick Butler.

This year, more than ever, Dublin officials are determined to get to the church on time.

"It's our firm intention to finish the schedule, league and championship, within the calendar year," declares Dick.

"We aim to follow the plan as rigidly as we can. There will be the odd exception, but we would hope to impose a strict discipline on it."

Dick admits it's a big job. "It can be difficult. Dublin is a huge county. You are dealing with an awful lot of clubs that may have conflicts of interests.

"The number of clubs and the amount of fixtures is vast.

"In the Senior Football Championship, you have the top grade right down to Junior 'E'.

"Then in the hurling, it's Senior 'A' to Junior 'F'.

"In the Junior 'D' Football Championship alone, there are 42 teams, so that would give people an indication of the size of the task.

"The spread is just massive.


"But in fairness to the clubs and the management of the Dublin county board, everybody is aware that we have to finish within the time-frame laid out, and I have no doubt that the co-operation will be forthcoming.

"If all the dates are rigidly stuck to and we get the wind at our back, I am confident that we will complete the programme within the required time."

Away from Parnell Park, Dick is delighted to see his beloved Commercials swinging towards a bright tomorrow. "We held our 125 year celebration recently. 264 people turned up. We now have a healthy juvenile section with 200 kids."