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O'Hara back to 'drive' on

LIKE BOD, Louise O'Hara is giving it one more year... at least.

The announcement from the Dublin All-Star has cheered the city. It follows on from the big AIG sponsorship package.

Louise was in the Iveagh Gardens last week stepping out with the best of them. She is at home in such company.

She has been an icon of the capital's sporting world for many years. She has long been the pride of the parish. The green and black of Erin's Isle sprints through the veins.

Season after season she puts it in for club and county. If any player deserved an O'Duffy Cup medal, it's Louise.

With stick and ball in hand she becomes a ballerina. Finding the yard of space to produce another nugget of magic.

Her mere presence in the dressing-room is an inspiration. She always featured highly on Denis Murphy's songs of praise.

Denis did a top job with the Dubs. He brought them to within a point of the All-Ireland semi-final. Louise salutes the work of Denis and his colleagues, Ann Colgan and Brian Lawlor.

Brian enhanced their fitness. Ann brought wisdom. She captained Dublin when they last won the All-Ireland Senior Championship title in 1984.

The trio have now stepped away from the bridge. The search is on for a new boss. Louise feels the appointment is crucial.

"We need somebody to pick up on all the progress Denis, Ann and Brian made. We need to drive it on now," states Louise.

There was much acclaim when Galway's Therese Maher finally secured All-Ireland gold in September. If Louise ever got to climb the steps of the Hogan, the skies of Finglas and indeed the entire county would weep with joy.