Friday 23 February 2018

Alan Brogan responds to those who think Dublin should be split in two

The Dublin team stand for the national anthem before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
The Dublin team stand for the national anthem before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Conor Neville

When Dublin started destroying all comers in Leinster a few years back, supporters from elsewhere in the country tended to dismiss any alarmist talk about perpetual dominance by insisting that the "rest of Leinster are just weak".

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The big fear following Dublin's crushingly one-sided victory over Tyrone at the weekend is that we are all the 'rest of Leinster' now.

Soon, the complaint might be that 'the rest of Ireland' is rubbish.

On this week's edition of the 'Throw-In', Alan Brogan and Ciaran Whelan grappled with Colm O'Rourke's suggestion on the Sunday Game Facebook Live that very soon it will no longer be feasible to run a competitive inter-county competition with just one team representing the whole of Dublin.

Brogan was willing to admit that the atmosphere accompanying Dublin's exhibition on Sunday didn't exactly excite him.

"After 34 minutes, I found that myself and my wife were talking about a bake sale that was coming up. That's what we were talking about after 34 minutes. So, that's not right in itself."

But he and Whelan insisted that Dublin have also held a population advantage and the reason for the current domination is the work done at development level.

"The population was always bigger. The work was done at underage. The likes of Whelo took development squad four or five years ago. Coman Goggins was involved in development squads, Paddy Christie also.

"Show me another county that has persuaded guys of that calibre to get back involved with development squads."

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