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Gentleman Jim perfect Role Model for Minor crew

MARTIN McDonnell has assembled a solid Dublin minor management crew.

It includes Fergus O'Carroll, Clare Dowdall, Orla Curran, Caitlin Ní Mhurchú and Sinead Vivash.

"Val Andrews and Michael Kennedy have also kindly offered their support, and we'll be taking them up on that," reveals Martin, who feels that Jim Gavin is the role model for all managers.

"He doesn't get stressed. He shows great faith in his players to carry out the plan the management have come up with.He just lets the players get on with it, realising that once they cross the white line, you can't effect things too much."

A highlight of the year is when Martin heads out the hall door to see the Blues Brothers.

"They are a joy to watch. We all have season tickets and we renew them every year.

"The Dubs keep us in good stead. Even now, you'd be dying for the O'Byrne Cup to come around and the chance to get on the auld Dublin hat and scarf.

"It's nice to be able to go out and watch the Dubs play. The modern-day team are very impressive.

"They have given us so many memorable days out. And Jim Gavin's style of football is so appealing.

"Ok, we lost to Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final this year. I think Jim, his management and the players will come back even stronger."

The Dublin minor ladies also lost at the semi-final stage this season, falling to the All-Ireland champions, Galway, at Birr. The previous year they lost to Galway following a replay in perhaps the most dramatic final of them all.

The Dubs have taken All-Ireland minor gold twice. It was Dave Cullen that led them to the Promised Land back in 2008.

And then two years ago, Ballinteer St John's clubman Fintan O'Curry guided the team into harbour.

But Martin and his colleagues are just taking it one page at a time.

Just like Gentleman Jim.