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Stars to edge out Cunningham's men


Matt Collins

Matt Collins

Diarmuid Connolly, St Vincent's

Diarmuid Connolly, St Vincent's


Matt Collins

GER CUNNINGHAM will get a firm handshake from a fellow Corkonian in Coolock.

Parnell's was always known as a footballing stronghold but Kieran Murphy changed the climate.

He led the Parnell's hurlers to the Dublin Senior 'B' Championship title. And last summer they made an impressive bow in the Senior 'A' Championship ranks.

It saw them come within a tear-drop of getting a result against Cuala before beating Craobh Chiaráin. The sound of swing now enjoys a prominent place in the Parnell's library. And there should be a decent crowd to see Dublin take on the Dubs Stars in the annual Dublin Bus/Herald clash.

A new blue carpet has been laid with the arrival of the Leeside legend. And having watched the latter end of the Dublin Championship, Ger will already be well aware of several members of the Dubs Stars selection.

Like Ger, Matt Collins is a member of the Goalkeepers' Union. The Kilmacud Crokes number one delivered a brilliant performance in the county final.

Ger will also know all about the Dubs Stars Hurler-of-the-Year, Danny Sutcliffe, plus several more of the Kilmacud-Jude's contingent that backbone the line-up.

The accomplished Shane Durkin also gained a place on the first fifteen, as did the O'Toole's duo of Andrew Morris and Conor Carton.

One of the most exciting forwards in Dublin hurling, Shane Stapleton, also got the call.

The Dubs Stars bench overflows with quality. It contains two ace attackers from the home of the champions, Caolan Conway and Oisín O'Rorke.

For Dublin, and the Dubs Stars, it's a chance to impress the new boss and his management.

The Walsh Cup is creeping up on the calendar. And then a few bounces of the sliotar will lead into the National League.

Plenty to see at Parnell's.

VERDICT: Dubs Stars