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Golden girls of '84 are still shining bright

WHEN the championship comes around, it prompts people to look in the rear-view mirror.

RECALLING summer days and golden memories. Sometimes, even the defeats can be scented in perfume with the passing years.

Dublin last won the big one in 1984. The game was 12-a-side then. Christy Hayes trained the girls hard in the Long Meadows.

Dublin beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park. Ann Colgan had the privilege of lifting the O'Duffy Cup in the Hogan Stand.


Ann is now on Denis Murphy's Dublin management ticket. Her sister, Edel, also played a significant role in that '84 victory.

In goal was the marvellous Yvonne Redmond, sister of Aileen, the current Camogie president. Mary Mernagh was a dynamo of the side. Her grandfather, Tom Mernagh, won three All-Ireland Football medals with Wexford.

Full-forward Marie Connell is a sister of Senan. The Dubs delivered a superb all-round display, laced with high skill. And Dublin's fitness was at the core of the success. As the great Christy Hayes might have said: "That was the long and short of it."

Dublin All-Ireland Champions 1984: Yvonne Redmond; Marion Conroy, Germaine Noonan, Berni Toner, Catherine Ledwidge, Una Crowley, Mary Mernagh, Barbara Redmond, Joan Gormley, Ann Colgan, Edel Murphy, Marie Connell. Subs used: Toni O'Byrne, Noreen Fleming.