Mayo vs Dubs AI Final 2020 Dec 20, 2020 13:21:47 GMT
Post by Seoirse Ui Duic on Dec 20, 2020 13:21:47 GMT
That's it exactly.
In 2011 I have to admit I was delighted for Dublin. I was gutted for Kerry and still believe we should have won that game, but it saved GAA in the capital.
I moved to Dublin in 2001 and at that time nobody in Dublin believed in the Dublin team really.
Living in Rathfarnham some of my scouts played football with St. Enda's or St. John's, but if they did play football or hurling at all, it was usually next to rugby or soccer and Gaelic games were not their priority. Several friends played with Crokes in Kilmacud who were arguably one of the best clubs in the south of Dublin at the time.
Going to watch Dublin play Armagh in Croke Park in 2002, with an Armagh friend, we actually bought our tickets the day before and the stadium was full, but Armagh supporters outnumbered Dublin supporters in my opinion.
For the sake of Dublin football it was great to see them win in 2011 and finally the capital had something to be proud of.
Seán Kelly saw how Dublin football was at a low ebb and it was during his reign that the the GAA started to our more funding into Dublin, started with game development officers all around the capital and basically started the structure that now enables Dublin to have an unlimited supply of players and resources.
The development of the Christy Ring Cup and Nicky Rackard Cup, Tommy Murphy Cup, All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate Championships also meant more games and players at all levels though Dublin haven't benefited as much from that as Kerry have.
Knowingly or unknowingly the GAA have created a monster.
I saw a comparison above with JP and Limerick, but that is very much a different development. In Limerick sporting Limerick have decided to instils a certain culture in all clubs and build an underage structure and culture for years, that they are now reaping the benefits of. The excellent facilities at UL also help Limerick and are attracting athletes from all over Ireland.
Dublin have 4 universities as well of course and an excellent infrastructure making logistics a lot easier. There are excellent all weather pitches all around the capital.
Dublin supporters seem to have forgotten where they were 10 years ago and have become very arrogant and frankly quite insulting at times. The thoughts of Dr. Hickey are exactly how a lot of Dubs now think. Not the real, genuine supporters of course, but the thousands of bandwagon supporters that now suddenly are very proud of Dublin.
The same people that 10 years ago would have flown to Manchester to watch the soccer instead of watching a football game in their own backyard.
It is great for Dublin and good for the GAA to have Dublin do well, but the Dublin machine can now support itself and it is time to start developing games in other counties. Even in Kerry it is not unthinkable that the lack of footballing success will eventually lead to youngsters looking at other sports. The reverse is already true in Limerick where hurling success has meant that youngsters now dream of playing hurling and rugby has become less prominent in the city.