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Gilroy backs heroes

PAT GILROY has turned to some of his All-Ireland heroes as Dublin attempt to get their Allianz League campaign back on track against Donegal tomorrow night.

Fit-again Cian O'Sullivan will make his first appearance of 2012 under the Croke Park lights while his Kilmacud clubmate, All Star Kevin Nolan, has been handed his first start of the current league.

Manager Gilroy has made two other changes in response to last weekend's defeat in Down, with recalls for Philly McMahon at corner-back and Tomas Quinn at corner-forward.

The players losing out are Darren Daly, James McCarthy, Craig Dias and Paul Brogan.

Meanwhile, Eamon Fennell has paid glowing tribute to the late Jim Stynes - and suggested Dublin would not have endured a 12-year famine without Sam if the 1984 All-Ireland minor winner had stayed in Ireland, instead of departing for a new career in Aussie Rules.

"Jim is a huge loss to everyone," said Fennell in an article for tomorrow's match programme.

"I'm sure if he hadn't gone to the AFL, Dublin wouldn't have had to wait so long to win an All Ireland between 1983-1995.

"He was a remarkable player and an inspirational man and he will be greatly missed by everyone both home and abroad."