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Whyte house is on high

THE tale of four sisters... and a manager. The Whyte collection is the pride of Drimnagh.

The three Whyte sisters are Beth, Sarah and Katie. And the manager in question is their elder sister, the gifted Dublin performer, Emma Whyte.

Beth, Sarah and Katie helped Good Counsel to the Dublin Division 2 Féile title this season. Emma was joined in the dugout by Miriam Mulligan and Liz Baker.

One of Ireland's top referees, Karl O'Brien, was looking after the first aid on that memorable afternoon in O'Toole Park when the Galtymore Girls made history.



"It was just brilliant," recalled Emma. "Last year, we got to the final and the year before that it was the semi-final, so to finally win a Féile title is fantastic.

"We were really pushing for it this time after coming so close in the past, and fair play to the girls, they really deserved it."

And what about her three sisters? "Yes, it's a proud moment for the family. It's lovely to have them all playing. And then me being part of the management team makes it even more special.

"But it's the whole group that should get the credit. The attitude from the start of the season was just tremendous.

"We all knew that this was the last year together for the squad, so that made everybody even more determined.

"The panel knew that if they put the work in, they'd get the rewards, and that is what has happened. It's a big boost to the club."

Down through the years, Counsel have been one of the leading camogie clubs in the county. They have produced some wonderful players, and some cracking teams.

They are diligent about their craft, and Emma is optimistic that in the future many more will follow her on to the Dublin team.

"We have some Dublin players at the moment, but it would be nice to think many more could also step up to the county."



Emma enjoys life in the Dublin camp, praising the dedication of the management unit of Denis Murphy, Ann Colgan and Brian Lawlor.

And she's hoping that the Blues will have something to email home about this summer.

"Last year was encouraging. We just have to keep at it.

"The morale is good and we are looking forward to the All-Ireland Championship.

"When you have spirit, you always have a chance," says Emma.

Up at Good Counsel and beyond, nobody is doubting the quality of the Whyte spirit.