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Hogan bows out at Boden

THE most successful manager in modern-day Dublin hurling, Liam Hogan, has turned out the lights.

Liam has informed the Ballyboden St Enda's boardroom that he is stepping down after six years in the job.

It brings an end to a golden era for 'Boden, who won five Dublin SHC 'A' titles on the trot. In doing so, they equalled the record of Commercials and Garda way back in time.

Liam enjoyed an extraordinary spell at Páirc Uí Mhurchú. He proved the perfect fit for a supremely gifted group of players who had so often come within touching distance of the claret jug.

But with Horan on the runway, the 'Boden bird took off. They added resilience to their talent, and following their historic first title in 2007, the confidence flowed.



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In his initial year, 'Boden lost the final to Craobh Chiaráin by two points. But the following season, under the lights, they produced a powerful second-half performance to beat St Vincent's.

Ironically, Liam never liked playing under the lights. "Lights are for growing onions," he once famously said.

Of proud Offaly stock, he played on the Coolderry senior team for 20 years, winning four county titles. He was also in the Offaly panel that won the MacCarthy in 1981.

The timber is in the blood. He'd never call a spade a shovel. His forthright views always had the betterment of hurling at heart.

Long summers in Dublin without championship hurling used to grate at him. Playing the most important games of the year on winter's doorstep was not a welcome caller.

He was thrilled to see the improvement in Dublin hurling.

Boden's excellence played a big part in that.

Following the breakthrough against Vins, 'Boden's championship final victories came against Kilmacud Crokes (2008), Craobh Chiaráin (2009), St Vincent's (2010) and O'Toole's (2011).

They came close in Leinster. For such an exceptional bunch of players and the dedicated management team, that would have been the cherry bakewell.

Liam served a useful apprenticeship on the Firhouse Road. He managed under-age sides before he got the big gig.

The remarkable run ended this year, but Liam left the building with another Division 1 league title in the pocket.

As they say, nothing lasts forever. But the magical memories will live on. There's not many managers who are members of the exclusive five-in-a-row club.

But Mr Hogan will always get a seat by the window. A son of the Faithful, and the Godfather of the Boden Boys, who grew into mighty men.


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