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Refs have to attend black card briefings

THE black cards are-a-coming ... over the hills from Dakota. It will take time to adjust. There could be some turbulence.

The Dublin referees will begin their preparations in Parnell Park tomorrow night. Officials from Croke Park will arrive to give a black card briefing session. The rule changes will also be examined.

It is part of the national campaign to deal with the new system.

The sessions will take place over five separate nights at the Donnycarney venue.

Referees are required to be present on one of the five nights. It is obligatory. They will be informed of what date they are to attend.


THE annual Dublin county board mass takes place tonight in Parnell Park (7.30).

All God's children are welcome to have a place in the choir.

It is always a lovely occasion. Those souls that served Dublin are celebrated and prayed for. There will be tea and cake at full-time.

Sam will be in the congregation. Bob too. Parnell Park will present their cheque to the St Francis Hospice in Raheny.

The money raised comes from the donations for the team-sheets at the venue.



A FULL house is expected for the Friends of Dublin Hurling celebration at the Red Cow on Friday night. The Leinster Championship trophy will be at the top table.

"It's terrific that we will have three All Stars present in Peter Kelly, Liam Rushe and Danny Sutcliffe," says Michael O'Grady, who, like many, feels that lion-hearted Dublin forward Conal Keaney was more than a little unlucky to lose out in this year's selection.