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Blue Beat: Dynamic duo’s return is a major tonic for Dublin football and Dessie Farrell

Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion comebacks will help younger Dub players settle into the jersey


Jack McCaffrey will be back with the Dubs next year. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack McCaffrey will be back with the Dubs next year. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack McCaffrey will be back with the Dubs next year. Photo: Sportsfile

At the end of RTÉ’s coverage of the Dublin Senior Football Championship on Saturday, Damian Lawlor asked the panel what were the chances of Paul Mannion re-joining the Dublin squad.

Nobody was quite sure if it would happen. But Philly McMahon and Noelle Healy expressed the hope that it would.

A few hours later, Dessie Farrell revealed to Dubs TV that both Paul Mannion and Jack McCaffrey would be returning.

The comeback of two players of such ability and experience is a huge boost for the Dubs. Mannion has that electric burst of pace that can unlock the tightest defence. And he can take scores from all angles. He has been in sharp form for Kilmacud Crokes.

Likewise, Clontarf’s Jack has that dash of speed that can turn defence to attack. He is one of the most exciting footballers in the game.

He can read the play as well as his Dad, Noel, one of the most accomplished players of his era. “Having Jack and Paul back is good news for the squad,” stated Dessie.

The Dubs will start the new season in Division 2. “No bad thing,” according to former Dublin footballer Enda Sheehy.

“It will give young players the time to settle into the Dublin jersey. I was delighted to see Dessie staying on.

“Taking over from Jim (Gavin) was no easy task. Yet he won the All-Ireland in his first year and came close in the last two years. He knows Dublin football so well.”

Jason Sherlock underlines value of sport

Jason Sherlock was on the putting green at Castleknock when he took the call. It was Shane Dawson and Ruby Walsh from RTÉ Radio’s 2FM Game On show.

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Jason plays off a handicap of five. A text to the programme sparked his childhood summers spent playing hurling in Cork with Ballyhea. He was the nimblest of hurlers. But be it hurling, basketball, Gaelic football or soccer, Jayo could always dance with the stars.

He talked about the beauty, and the value, of sport. And how the result shouldn’t always determine the mood. “If you prepare well and put in the best performance you can, you can’t do anymore. Sometimes, the outcome of a game is out of our control. The opponents might be too good on the day. All you can do is be the best you can be.”

Giving it your all is key, states Jason. Be that in a team sport, a run, a swim, a walk, a cycle, climbing a mountain, or whatever. “Ultimately, we are all competing with ourselves.”

Brian Talty was tuned in on radio

Brian Talty was on ‘Dublin’s Talking Sport.’ Reflecting on the freshness of this year’s Go Ahead Dublin Senior Footall Championship.

Talts commended the work that the clubs are putting in at juvenile level, bringing all the young players through. “The quality of football in this season’s championship has been outstanding,” he stated.

The sports show is on Sunshine Radio (106.8) every Saturday morning from 8.30 to 10.am. Hosted by Reggie Corrigan and Ken Doherty. Declan Drake’s Dublin GAA slot is always worth a listen.

Seán Lane is a regular guest. He knows his sport. And hurling better than most. On next Saturday’s programme, Seán will be looking ahead to the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals – Ballyboden St Enda’s v Lucan Sarsfields, and St Vincent’s v Na Fianna.

There will also be a discussion on the modern-day success of the Southside clubs in the championship. It’s 16 years since a club from north of the Liffey has won the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship. That was Craobh Chiaráin in 2006.

Search is on for ’92 Dubs camogie team that won intermediate final

The search is on ... for the Dublin team of 1992 that won the inaugural All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship.

The Dubs beat Down in the final. Camogie was 12-a-side back then. Crumlin’s Cathy Walsh was the captain. The late, sadly missed Louise Lynch was on the team.

The side is being honoured at this year’s Go Ahead Dublin Senior Camogie Championship final in Parnell Park on Friday week, September 30.

Anybody that was on the squad who has not been contacted, or those who had any involvement, are asked to contact Karl (085-1402615)/Máire (087-2797090).

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