Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dubs 'purple patch' no reason to split county, insists O'Sullivan

Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan
Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DUBLIN star Cian O'Sullivan has laughed off any suggestions that Dublin could be split, pointing out that Kerry have had more significant periods of dominance than the one the Dubs are currently enjoying.

The Dubs have won the Sam Maguire twice in the last three years, also securing All-Ireland honours at minor and U-21 level in the same period.

In his report to Dublin convention, John Costello warned that splitting the capital would have disastrous consequences for the GAA and O'Sullivan doesn't believe there is any chance of it happening.

"Teams have purple patches and we've won two All-Irelands in three years," O'Sullivan said. "Kerry have won numerous two-in-a-rows and a serious amount of All-Irelands over the last 10 or 20 years and no one is saying anything about splitting them in two, so I don't know why it's any different with Dublin. I don't think it's anything that anyone is looking at seriously."

GPA chief Dessie Farrell echoed those sentiments, arguing that Dublin's domination would have to extend to a decade or more before the suggestion could be even considered.

"If we were to go on and win seven or eight football titles then you could possibly be asking that question, but, as it stands, I wouldn't say there are grounds for even exploring that."

Irish Independent

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