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Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney are two of the greatest hurlers to play for Dublin - but who is better? Image credit: Sportsfile.

Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney are two of the greatest hurlers to play for Dublin - but who is better? Image credit: Sportsfile.

Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney are two of the greatest hurlers to play for Dublin - but who is better? Image credit: Sportsfile.

WHEN Mick Bermingham was selected at right full-forward on the inaugural All Star hurling team in 1971, it was a rare boost for Dublin at a time when they had dropped considerably from the high of a decade earlier. In 1961, they won the Leinster SHC title for the first time since 1952 and came within a point of Tipp in the All-Ireland final.

Unfortunately for Dublin, Bermingham’s honour wasn’t a sign of better days ahead. It was another 19 years before Dublin next won an All Star award (Brian McMahon, full-forward 1990) while Leinster glory eluded them until 2013. Two years earlier, they won the Allianz League title for the first time since 1939.

That was quite a turnaround, overseen by Anthony Daly, who arrived in Dublin at precisely the right time for that particular squad.