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The Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) ( ) or Dublin GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Irelandmarker, and is responsible for Gaelic games in the former County Dublinmarker area. The county board is also responsible for the Dublin inter-county teams. Gerry Harrington is the current Dublin GAA County Chairman, who is currently serving his third term.

Information

Dublin play home games at Parnell Parkmarker in Donnycarneymarker on Dublin's northside, although Croke Parkmarker is used for major matches. Parnell Park also hosts all the major games in the Dublin club Football and Hurling championships. The current football manager is Pat Gilroy of St.Vincent's CLGmarker. The current hurling team manager is Anthony Daly. Dublin claimed five Leinster Senior Football Championships in a row following a one-point victory over Laois in 2005, a nine-point victory over Offaly in 2006, a six-point victory over Laois in 2007, a 23-point victory over Wexford in 2008 and a 3-point victory over Kildare in 2009. Meanwhile the hurlers retained their status in the Liam McCarthy Cup.

Notable Members

The following members have also held notable positions in the GAA

The Fans

Dublin supporters, commonly known as The Dubs, are often called one of the best or one of the worst set of fans within GAA circles. This contradiction is best explained by the fact that while many consider the colour and noise that Dublin support brings to the game to be unrivalled, others consider many of the Dublin supporters to be soccer fans, due to the traditionally greater popularity of soccer in Dublin than in other parts of the country. This may also have derived from the 1970s when Heffo's army was on the march. As can be seen in this [186450] of the '74 final, the fans of the time had taken inspiration from English soccer fans with the song You'll Never Walk Alone. While songs are still popular with the Dublin fans they now tend to be Dublin-centric such as Molly Malone and Dublin in the Rare Old Times or focus on the team itself singing Come on you boys in blue.The Hill 16 end in Croke Parkmarker is an area for which many Dubs hold a special affection and it is not uncommon to see the Hill filled entirely with Dubs, with perhaps a few opposing supporters. This has given rise to the chant that "Hill 16 is Dublin only".

The Dublin team are sometimes called the The Jacks with the ladies called The Jackies. These names came from a shortening of the word Jackeen a word used by some country folk in referring to Dubliners.

Notable Fans include former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Rugby Union star Brian O'Driscoll and actor Colm Meaney.

Sponsorship

The following is a list of sponsors of the Dublin Senior Football team
  • 1991-2009: Arnotts
  • 2010-onwards: To Be Announced


Restructuring

The GAA conducted a review of the structure of the Dublin GAA organisation in 2002 because of the huge population inequities, and investigated the feasibility of dividing the County into more population-appropriate structures. Plans to divide Dublin into two teams, North Dublin and South Dublin, were proposed in 2002 but were rejected by the Dublin County Board.

Currently the Dublin County Board has only decided to divide its development teams. These teams are not considered to be a move towards dividing the county but are in fact a move designed to identify and develop young talent for the County as a whole. The restructured developments teams are North, South and West.

New County Crest

In 2003/4 the Dublin County Board tried unsuccessfully to copyright the Dublin crest in use at the time. The crest at the time was declared to be in the public domain by the Irish High Court as it was too similar to other crests in use by Dublin City Council and other Dublin sports bodies. In line with other county boards at the time, in order to prevent further loss of revenue, the county board designed a new crest which could be copyrighted and registered as a trade mark, which drew from the county's historical past.

The Crest signifies three castles in flame (Dublin City Coat of Arms), a raven (Fingal), A Viking Longboat (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown) and a book (South Dublin). The Name Áth Cliath in Irish replaces the previous Crests "Dublin".

Football

History

Dublin first won the All-Ireland in 1891 beating Cork by a 2-1 to 1-1 margin. They won the All-Ireland the following year with victory over Kerry. The Dublin team of the 70's are considered to be one of the greatest teams of all time. The team of that era won 4 All-Irelands ('74, '76, '77 and '83) and won 5 Leinster titles (4 in-a-row) under Kevin Heffernan.

Dublin and Meath were involved in one of the most famous of Leinster championship encounters in 1991, the Dublin and Meath 4 in-a-row tie. The teams had to go to three replays in their Leinster Senior Football Championship first round match before a winner could be found. This series of games had the added factor of the Dublin and Meath being long standing fierce rivals, a rivalry that was increased due to Meath winning the 4 out of the last 5 Leinster Championships and 2 All-Irelands over the previous 5 years to replace Dublin as the strongest team in Leinster. Meath eventually won the series thanks to a last minute goal scored by Kevin Foley, and a point scored by David Beggy, in the third replay.

Honours

Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Football final on 22 occasions, the most of any county apart from Kerry. Their most recent win was in 1995. They have won the Leinster Championship on 49 occasions. They have won the last 5 Leinster Finals in a row. They have also National Football League on 9 occasions, most recently in 1993.

Dublin Football Squad



Dublin Club Football Championships

The Dublin Senior Football Championship is an annual club competition between the top Dublin clubs. The winners of the Dublin Championship qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Championship and in turn, go on to the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. The current (2009) Dublin County Champions are Ballyboden St. Enda'smarker who claimed their 6th Dublin Senior Championship title and went on to win the Leinster title that year. The first winners of the Dublin football championship were Erins Hope in 1887, who were the student club attached to St. Patrick's Teacher Training College, Drumcondra. St Vincent'smarker have won the most titles with a total of 25.

The Dublin Intermediate Football Championship is the second tier football championship. The Intermediate champions go on to play in the Senior football Championship. The 2009 Dublin Intermediate County Champions are St. Patrick's, Palmerstown who became champions with a win over Naomh Barrógmarker.

The current (2008) champions of the Dublin Minor Football Championship are Na Fiannamarker.

Hurling

History

Dublin have had less success in hurling than in football, with their last All Ireland win coming in 1938. However, the hurlers have a very fervent following who travel in significant numbers to matches in the provinces. There has been a revival in the fortunes and popularity of Dublin hurling in recent years, and Dublin underage teams have had much success.

In the 2005 league Dublin were relegated to Division Two in the National Hurling League, while the minor side won the Leinster Championship for the first time since 1983. In 2006 Dublin gained promotion to Division One after victory over Kerry in the Division Two final. Following some indifferent displays in the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, they still managed to save their status in the top flight of hurling counties and again contested the McCarthy Cup in 2007. In the 2007 league, meanwhile, despite being favourites to go down in 2007, Dublin managed to avoid relegation by finishing in fourth position. In 2009, former Clare manager, Anthony Daly was appointed manager of Dublin. Under his management, Dublin contested the Leinster Final, but lost by 2 goals to Kilkenny.

Honours

Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Hurling final on 6 occasions, most recently in 1938. They have won the Leinster Championship on 23 occasions. They have not won a Leinster Final since 1961. They have also National Hurling League twice, in 1929 and 1939.

Dublin Hurling Squad



Fingal

In 2007, the GAA announced that a hurling team from Fingal (north county Dublin) would compete in parallel to the main Dublin team, to encourage hurling in an area of growing population where the game has not been strong. While players from Fingal are eligible for the main Dublin team, non-Fingal players cannot play for Fingal. The new team competed in the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2008, and the Kehoe Cup in 2009. They will play in Division 3B of the 2010 National Hurling League.

Dublin club Hurling Championship

The Dublin Senior Hurling Championship is an annual club competition between the top Dublin clubs. The winners of the Dublin Championship qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship and in turn, go on to the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The current (2008) Dublin County Champions are Ballyboden St Endasmarker who claimed their 2nd Dublin Senior Championship title. The first winners of the Dublin hurling championship were Metropolitans in 1888. Faughsmarker have won the most titles with a total of 31.

The current (2008) champions of the Dublin Minor Hurling Championship are Ballyboden St Endasmarker

Handball

Hardball Singles Winners

Dublin have won the Senior hardball singles All-Ireland title on 15 occasions, two more than their nearest rivals Kilkenny. The 2005 All-Ireland senior hardball singles title was won by Dubliner Eoin Kennedy who plays his club handball for St Brigidsmarker. Other former winners for Dublin are T. Soye and A. Clarke.

Softball Singles Winners

Dublin have won the Senior softball singles on nine occasions, more than any county other than Kilkenny (who have twenty-five wins to date). The former winners for Dublin include M. Joyce 1925, W. McGuire 1927, L. Rowe 1947, 1949 and 1951, P. Ryan 1980 and E. Kennedy 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Camogie

Honours

Dublin have won 26 Senior Camogie All-Irelands in all, most recently in 1984. They have also won three National Leagues.

Ladies' football

History

Dublin have yet to win the All-Ireland senior ladies' football championship, although they contested the 2003,2004 and 2009 finals.

Dublin Club Scene

For more details on this topic, see and List of GAA clubs in Dublin

References

  1. hill16.ie


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