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. The team and its fans are known as "The Dubs" or "Boys in Blue". The fans have a special affiliation with the Hill 16 end of Croke Park
The Boys in Blue
|County colours:||Sky blue, Navy|
|Dominant sport:||Gaelic football|
|Football Championship:||Sam Maguire Cup|
|Hurling Championship:||Liam MacCarthy Cup|
|Ladies' Gaelic football:||Brendan Martin Cup|
Government of the GAA
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), Seán Shanley. 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.
Generally, the Dublin GAA Senior Football team play home games at Croke Park, although Parnell Park is the official home ground for Dublin GAA. Parnell Park also hosts all the major games in the Dublin club Football and Hurling championships. The current senior football manager is Jim Gavin. The current senior hurling team manager is Mattie Kenny.
Dublin claimed nine consecutive Leinster Senior Football Championships following a three-point victory over Wexford in 2011, a three-point victory over Meath in 2012, a seven-point victory over Meath in 2013, a sixteen-point victory over Meath in 2014, a thirteen-point victory over Westmeath in 2015, a fifteen-point victory over Westmeath in 2016, a nine-point victory over Kildare in 2017, an eighteen-point victory over Laois in 2018 & a sixteen-point victory over Meath in 2019. Meanwhile, the hurlers retained their status in the Liam MacCarthy 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
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.
Dublin supporters are commonly known as The Dubs, and in the 1970s as Heffo's army. While songs are still popular with the Dublin fans they 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. Dublin supporters have been known to chant "Hill 16 is Dublin only" as a humorous jibe at supporters from rival teams.
The Dublin team are sometimes called The Jacks with the ladies called The Jackies. These names came from a shortening of the word Jackeen.
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".
Till 1918, Dublin wore the colours of the Club Champions as many other counties. In 1918 they adopted the well-known sky shirt with the Dublin shield even if the kit has been for many years different compared to the actual one: collar and shorts were in fact white and the socks hooped, white and blue. The change to the present look, with dark blue details, shorts and socks, was made in 1974.
The following is a list of sponsors of the Dublin Senior Football team
|1991 league games||National Irish Bank|
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.
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. Because of their record, the Dublin team of the 1970s are considered by many to be one of the greatest team of all time. The team of that era won 4 All-Irelands (1974, 1976, 1977 and 1983) and won 7 Leinster titles (6 consecutively). They were also the first team to play in 6 All-Ireland Football Finals consecutively from 1974 to 1979, a feat later matched by Kerry in 2009.
On 25 March 2017, when beating Roscommon by 2–29 to 0–14 in a National League game at Croke Park, Dublin set a new record of playing 35 games in League and Championship without defeat. The previous record, held by Kerry, had stood for 84 years.
Dublin and Meath were involved in one of the most famous of Leinster championship encounters in 1991, the Dublin and Meath 4 consecutive ties. 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. Foley took seven steps for the winning goal.
Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Football final on 29 occasions – only Kerry, with 37 All-Ireland titles, have won more. They defeated Kerry by six points in the 131st All-Ireland Final on 14 September 2019. This was their seventh championship since 2011. Dublin are the only county team in men’s football or hurling to have won five consecutive All-Ireland Championships.
Meanwhile, they have won the Leinster Championship on 58 occasions, and are the current Leinster champions, having beaten Laois in 2018. This result was their consecutive eighth, making history and saw them become Leinster champions for the twelfth time in thirteen years. Only Meath have split their wins, winning the Leinster Championship in 2010.
Full Football Squad
- James McCarthy, Ballymun Kickhams
- Michael Fitzsimons, Cuala
- Philly McMahon, Ballymun Kickhams
- David Byrne, Naomh Ólaf
- Darren Daly, Fingal Ravens
- Eric Lowndes, St. Peregrines
- Jonny Cooper, Na Fianna
- Cian O'Sullivan, Kilmacud Crokes
- John Small, Ballymun Kickhams
- Jack McCaffrey, Clontarf
- Eoin Murchan, Na Fianna
- Cormac Costello, Whitehall Colmcille
- Dean Rock, Ballymun Kickhams
- Kevin McManamon, St Jude's
- Eoghan O'Gara, Templeogue Synge Street
- Paddy Andrews, St Brigid's
- Bernard Brogan, St. Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh
- Paul Mannion, Kilmacud Crokes
- Ciarán Kilkenny, Castleknock
- Con O'Callaghan, Cuala
- Conor McHugh, Na Fianna
- Andrew McGowan, Kilmacud Crokes
- Paddy Small, Ballymun Kickhams
- Niall Scully, Templeogue Synge Street
- Brian Howard, Raheny
- Diarmuid Connolly, St. Vincents
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 (2015) Dublin County Champions are Ballyboden St Enda's who claimed their first 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 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.
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 70 times.
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.
Full Hurling Squad
- Manager: Mattie Kenny
- Coach: Conor Clifford, Clíodhna O'Connor
- Selectors: Greg Kennedy, Paul O'Brien, Eoin Roche, Mickey McCullough
- Chris Crummey, Lucan Sarsfields
- Eoghan O'Donnell, Whitehall Colmcille
- Shane Barrett, Na Fianna
- Cian O'Callaghan, Cuala
- James Madden, Ballyboden St. Enda's
- Seán Moran, Cuala
- Tom Connolly, St Vincent's
- Jake Malone, Cuala
- Daire Gray, Whitehall Colmcille
- Paddy Smyth, Clontarf
- Riain McBride, St Vincent's
- Darragh O'Connell, Cuala
- Seán Treacy, Cuala
- Glenn Whelan, Ballinteer St John's
- Conal Keaney, Ballyboden St. Enda's
- David Treacy, Cuala
- Eamonn Dillon, Naomh Fionnbarra
- Fintan McGibb, Setanta
- Fionn Ó Riain Broin, St Jude's
- Cian Boland, St. Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh
- Fergal Whitely, Kilmacud Crokes
- Danny Sutcliffe, St Jude's
- Paul Ryan, Ballyboden St. Enda's
- Liam Rushe, St. Patrick's
- Oisín O'Rorke, Kilmacud Crokes
- John Hetherton, St Vincent's
- Donal Burke, Na Fianna
- Caolán Conway, Kilmacud Crokes
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 play in Division 3B 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 2013 Dublin County Champions were 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. 2014 Champions were Croke's 2015 Champions were Cuala who were runners up in the Leinster Final 2016 Champions are Cuala who won the Leinster Final for the first time since Crumlin 79/80
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 consecutively and an eight consecutively 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 1979–1983 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 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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