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Saturday 21 April 2018

Inside Back: where are they now?

Jimmy Grey
Jimmy Grey

Jimmy Grey

(Former Dublin GAA star)

Although former Dublin dual star Jimmy Grey didn't play hurling or football for Dublin at underage level, it didn't affect his senior career. He was a natural sportsman and when his chance came to don the famous blue jersey he made the most of it.

His Dublin career started with football in 1955, and then two years later he broke into the hurling team. He was playing for his club Na Fianna but adjusting to top-level hurling and football was challenging.

"It was a fair step up," explains Grey. "Especially in the hurling, as Dublin had a very good team at that time."

Grey finished with football in the early 1960s but kept playing hurling for Dublin until 1966. He was part of the team that reached the All-Ireland final in 1961 which they lost to Tipperary by just one point. "Hurling was popular in pockets in Dublin back then, some clubs specialised in it. Clubs like St Vincent's and Crumlin (who were St Columba's at the time) were very prominent."

From 1993 until 1996, Grey managed the Dublin senior hurling team and this close involvement allowed him to witness the revival of Dublin hurling at underage level across the county. He believed that they would once again reach the same heights that his former team did in the 1960s.

"When I saw the efforts being put into coaching and at an organisational level, I could visualise it. That effort has transferred to inter-county level and now Dublin are one of the top four teams in the country."

Grey was also a very able administrator, and served as chairman of both Dublin County Board and Leinster Council.

He is still a big supporter of Dublin hurling, and is a member of the 'Friends of Dublin hurling', travelling to all the games by bus. He loves hurling and feels the game has evolved since he played.

"It has changed and all for the better, it is a lot more skilful now."

The former dual star plans to be at today's Dublin county senior hurling final between Ballyboden St Enda's and Lucan Sarsfields but he is unsure of which team will be crowned champions

"I think it's wide open. Ballyboden are a fine hurling team with great players and they are very experienced which will stand to them. But I also think Lucan are a fine young team who also have some great players."

Number of the week

5 - The number of Cork footballers who have recently retired from inter-county duty. Alan Quirke, Pearse O'Neill, Noel O'Leary, Paudie Kissane and Graham Canty have all hung up their boots.

Quote of the week

'Maybe the GAA should just take proper control again. County managers should not be dictating what happens and when. They are there to facilitate the county not the other way around'.

– Ballyboden boss Conor Deegan isn't happy with club fixtures pile-up

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