The Dubs, The JacksThe Boys In Blue, The Liffeysiders
|County colours:||Sky Blue and Navy Blue|
|Ground(s):||Parnell Park, Donnycarney|
|Dominant sport:||Dual county|
|Football Championship:||Sam Maguire Cup|
|Hurling Championship:||Liam McCarthy Cup|
|Ladies' Gaelic football:||Brendan Martin Cup|
The Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Contae Átha Cliath) or Dublin GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in the Dublin Region and the Dublin inter-county teams. Owing to its heavy population and the abundant financial resources available to its teams the county's GAA team has been likened to Premier League side Chelsea when the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich first purchased the soccer club.
The Dublin Gaelic football team is the most supported GAA team in terms of attendance. This is due to a higher population and easier access to Croke Park than other counties fans. Fans of Dublin are known as "The Dubs" and have a special affiliation with the Hill 16 section of Croke Park.
- 1 Governance
- 2 Football
- 3 Hurling
- 4 Handball
- 5 Camogie
- 6 Ladies' football
- 7 Rivalries
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Dublin GAA has jurisdiction over the area that is associated with the traditional county of County Dublin. There are 9 officers on the Board including the Cathaoirleach (Chairperson), Andy Kettle, currently serving his second term of office. For details on the Board's clubs, see Gaelic Athletic Association clubs in County Dublin and List of Gaelic games clubs in Ireland.
The Board is subject to the Leinster GAA Provincial Council.
The teams of Dublin GAA play home games at Parnell Park, Donnycarney on the northside of the city, although Croke Park 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 Jim Gavin of Round Towers GAA (Clondalkin). The current hurling team manager is Ger Cunningham. 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.
The following members have also held notable positions in the GAA:
- Tom Loftus, former Chairman of the Dublin County Board was appointed Vice Chairman of the GAA Leinster Council (1969–1972) and later Chairman of the GAA Leinster Council (1972–1974)
- Three men from the Dublin GAA organisation have served as President of the GAA
- Daniel McCarthy (GAA) 1921 - 1924
- Seán Ryan (GAA President) 1928 - 1932
- Dr. Joseph Stuart 1958 - 1961
Dublin supporters are commonly known as The Dubs, and in the 1970s as Heffo's army. Dublin supporters are unusual in GAA circles for singing, in a similar vein as English soccer fans. As can be seen in this clip 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 Park is an area for which many Dubs hold a special affection and it is not uncommon to see the Hill filled entirely with Dubs. The segregation of fans from opposing teams is common in English football but unheard of in GAA circles. The GAA does not have an official policy of segregating Dublin fans from supporters of other GAA teams, however Dublin supporters have been known to chant "Hill 16 is Dublin only" at supporters from rival teams.
The following is a list of sponsors of the Dublin Senior Football team
- 1990: Kaliber
- 1991 (league): National Irish Bank
- 1991-2009: Arnotts
- 2010-2013: Vodafone
- November 2013-onward AIG
In October 2013, Dublin signed a new sponsorship deal with insurance firm AIG in excess of €4m over a five-year period. The deal will also incorporate ladies football and camogie for the first time.
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 rejected by the Dublin County Board. Currently the 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.
Crest and symbols
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 and in order to prevent further loss of revenue, the county board designed a new crest drawing from the county's historical past which could be copyrighted and registered as a trade mark.
The symbolism of the crest is: three castles in flame which signifies the city of Dublin; a raven which signifies the county of Fingal; a Viking longboat which signifies the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown; a book which signifies the county of South Dublin. The name Áth Cliath in Irish replaces the previous name "Dublin".
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 the greatest team of all time. The team of that era won 4 All-Irelands ('74, '76, '77 and '83) and won 7 Leinster titles (6 in-a-row). They were also the first team to play in 6 All Ireland Football Finals in a row from 1974 to 1979, a feat later matched by Kerry in 2009
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.
Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Football final on 24 occasions - only Kerry, with 37 All-Ireland titles, have won more. They are the reigning champions, having defeated Mayo by a single point in the 124th All-Ireland Final. This was their second championship in three years, having last won the championship in 2011.
Meanwhile, they have won the Leinster Championship on 52 occasions, and are the current Leinster champions, having beaten Meath 2-15 to 0-14 in 2013. This result saw them become Leinster champions for the eighth time in nine years.
Current football squad
- Manager: Jim Gavin (Round Towers)
- Selectors: David Byrne, Declan Darcy (St Brigid's), Mick Deegan (Erins Isle)
Dublin 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 (2013) Dublin County Champions are St. Vincent's who claimed their 26th Dublin Senior Championship title. 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's also have won the most titles with a total of 26.
The Dublin Intermediate Football Championship is the second tier football championship. The Intermediate champions go on to play in the Senior football Championship. The 2012 Dublin Intermediate County Champions are Cuala who became champions with a win over Fingallians. St Brigid's are the most successful intermediate club, having won on five occasions.
Although a dual county, football has always been more dominant in Dublin that hurling. Hurling was often looked down upon by youths in Dublin as a "culchie game". The game however has grown in popularity and is expected to grow even further, with the success of the county's hurlers in 2013.
Dublin won the National Hurling League in May 2011 after a 12 point win over Kilkenny, their first national title since they won the All Ireland in 1938. 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 National Hurling 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. On 7 July 2013, they won the Leinster Final against Galway on a 2-25 to 2-13 scoreline, scoring 2-21 from play. This was the first time they had won this important competition since 1961. In a nice touch, the Goalkeeper from the 1961 team, presented Dublin Captain, Johnny McCaffrey with the Bob O'Keefe trophy.
Dublin's hurlers have failed to replicate the success of the county's football side, having won the Senior All-Ireland Hurling final on 6 occasions, most recently in 1938. In terms of All-Ireland titles, they are significantly behind hurling's big three of Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. Their six titles do however place them fifth in the overall winners list, jointly tied with Wexford.
Dublin have won the Leinster Championship on 24 occasions, the second most Leinster titles of any side, although they remain well behind Kilkenny, who have won the Leinster Championship 68 times. They are however the reigning Leinster Champions, having beaten Galway 2-25 to 2-13 in 2013, their first Leinster title since 1961.
Dublin have won the National Hurling League three times: in 1929, 1939 and 2011. This places them joint seventh (with Clare) on the overall winners list, having won 16 fewer titles than top-ranked Tipperary.
Current hurling squad
- Manager: Ger Cunningham
- Selectors: Shay Boland, Tommy Dunne, Gearóid O Ríain
- Trainer: Ken Robinson
- Performance analyst: Caroline Currid
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 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 (2013) Dublin County Champions are Ballyboden St. Enda's. The first winners of the Dublin hurling championship were Metropolitans in 1888. Faughs have won the most titles with a total of 31.
The (2013) champions of the Dublin Minor Hurling Championship are Ballyboden St Endas.
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 Brigids. 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.
Dublin are the most successful county in the women’s field sport of camogie, During the period from 1932 to 1966 they had nearly one third of the affiliated clubs in the Association and won all but eight of the championships they contested, winning a ten-in-a-row and an eight-in-a-row in a period interrupted only by a controversial 1956 All Ireland semi-final defeat to Antrim. In a period of revival they won three National Camogie League titles in the five year 1979–83 and the 1984 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. The total could have been greater had not Dublin County Board disaffiliated during two periods of unrest in the 1940s. Three Dublin clubs have won the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship, Austin Stacks (1971 and 1972), Eoghan Ruadh (1967), and Crumlin (1985).
The camogie structure in Dublin was arguably the most successful in the country and differed from its provincial counterparts. The league and championship were organised in the winter months, and weekly programmes of Dublin Senior Club Camogie League, Dublin Senior Club Camogie Championship and Isle of Man Cup matches were contested by clubs such as Austin Stacks, Celtic, CIE, Cuchulainns, Eoghan Ruadh, Jacobs, Muiris O’Neills, Naomh Aoife, and Optimists on a dedicated camogie ground in the Phoenix Park (first used 1922, reopened 1933, new pitch opened 1987) although Celtic had a ground in Coolock and CIE had a ground in Inchicore. This left Dublin camogie to concentrate on a summer closed season which contributed to its successes in the but led to difficulties when Dublin clubs began to compete in the provincial and All Ireland club championship in the 1960s. Although Celtic were the first winners of the All Ireland, they did not compete the following year.
Notable players include team of the century members Eileen Duffy, Sophie Brack, Kay Mills and Úna O'Connor, player of the year award winners Alice Hussey and Yvonne Redmond, All Star award winners Eimear Brannigan, Ciara Lucey and Louise O'Hara, and stars from the "golden age" such as Sophie Brack, Emmy Delaney, Kathleen Cody, Peggy Griffin, Doreen Rogers and Mary Walsh.
In 2010, Dublin won their first All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship title after being finalists in the 2003, 2004 and 2009 finals. Suzanne Hughes of Dublin won the ladies' All-Ireland Kick Fada Championship in 2002 and 2009.
In Gaelic football Dublin's biggest rivalry has been with nearby Meath. Both counties were the strongest sides from Leinster during the 1970s and 1980s. The 1991 four-game tie added to the intensity between the two counties. The Dublin football team also share a rivalry with neighbours Kildare. Lesser local rivalries exist with nearby Wicklow, Laois and Westmeath.
On a national level Dublin's rivalry with Kerry is one of Ireland's most renowned. The rivalry between the two counties intensified in the 1970s and early 1980s. Other smaller footballing rivalries have developed over the decades between Dublin and teams such as Cork, Tyrone, Donegal and Galway, who Dublin played in the 1983 Final known as the Game of Shame.
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