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Lynch: Dublin are becoming a force

MARTIN LYNCH worked at the Irish Indo. A soccer man, he was one of the top managers in Dublin.

One day, following a close defeat, he said in The Herald's report of the game: "I'm shattered." The caseroom in the old Indo premises of Middle Abbey Street went to town.

Reel on the years and Martin the Dub is now the Wexford senior camogie manager. "It's a big change alright from my soccer days.

DEALING

"For a start, I'm dealing with women! But I'm enjoying it, and it's not everyday you get the chance to manage the All-Ireland champions."

Martin feels a bit like David Moyes. Wexford, under JJ Doyle, have won three All-Ireland titles on the spin. He takes the pressure, like he did all the banter years ago, with a glint in his eye.

Early pages yet but two finals have been reached – the National League and the Leinster Championship. Both ended in defeats – Cork beat them in the league final and Kilkenny won Leinster.

But for Martin, these are just miles on the road towards the championship.

"We are in a hard Group with Derry, Galway, Kilkenny and Clare. There will be nothing easy there.

"There never is anything handy in inter-county senior camogie. It comes down to the same old story – delivering on the day.

"We are working hard. We have introduced some new players and we are happy enough with the progress.

"There's good quality in the sport now. The standards have shot up. Camogie can rival hurling for skill."

CLOSE

Martin keeps a close watch on his darlin' Dublin.

"Dublin beat us in the National League back in February. That was a defeat that didn't sit well with us. Okay, we then beat them in the Leinster Championship, but Dublin have improved.

"It's good to see them do well in the underage structure. Dublin are growing.

"They are becoming a force, and it's great for the game overall."


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