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King sets sights on progress

COLUM KING dropped into The Bell in Blanchardstown for a morning coffee. Rod Stewart was on the big screen.

Colum likes Christy Moore and Garth Brooks. He'd love to guide the Dubs back to Croke Park.

He plays the guitar. He's a fine singer. He enjoys a rare game of golf. Very rare.

His diary is full as he settles in as the new Dublin senior camogie manager. "It's been hectic."


His Dad, Paddy, was a founder member of Na Fianna. Paddy played with Eoghan Ruadh and Kickhams. Colum played senior hurling for Na Fianna for 17 years.

"We were always there or thereabouts. We just couldn't seem to find the extra push.

"We reached three successive Dublin Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals, losing them all."

Colum was a defender. "I got the marking jobs. I'd be marking the likes of Brian McMahon and Seánie McDermott."

He wore the Dublin jersey. "Jimmy Boggan was the manager. He was the best. I don't know what it was but he just had something special." Colum lived in Ratoath for over 10 years. One time he went to watch the Dublin hurlers.

"Jimmy said 'Hello Colum'. He hadn't seen me for about 15 years. That meant a lot to me."

The friendly gent that served the coffee in The Bell is a fan of Brendan Rodgers. Likewise Colum. "He didn't try and re-invent the wheel at Liverpool. He made steady progress. And that is what we want to do.

"We'll try and improve the results. The aim would be to win every game. But if we don't, we want to make sure that whoever beats us earns it."

Louise O'Hara has had a major impact on the management team. "She has been very helpful to us. The girls admire her so much."

Colum respected the work of his predecessor, Denis Murphy. "We would have played against each other. In more recent years, he'd be on the Skerries sideline and I'd be with Na Fianna."