cork chief hails dublin's revival
DUBLIN have friends in high places. The All-Ireland winning manager is among them.
Paudie Murray manages Cork. He's thrilled to see the Dublin revolution gathering steam.
Like all, he knows that camogie's orchestra would sound more sweetly than ever with a return of the rhythm and blues.
"I'd be delighted to see the Dubs coming back as a strong force in the game. It can only be positive for the sport.
"They had a good League campaign, and I hope that they can keep driving on," states the Leeside supremo.
If Cork retain the All-Ireland crown in September they will join the Dubs at the top of the leader-board with 26 titles.
The two counties have close connections. One of the sport's most distinguished figures, Nell McCarthy, was from Cork.
She trained Dublin in their golden era. She loved to see the sliotar dance with the daisies.
Dublin's last All-Ireland senior winning captain, Ann Colgan, also hails from the People's Republic.
She climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand back in 1984. Dublin beat Tipperary in the final.
Ann continues to serve the game. She was part of the county senior management crew for several years and now she's a mentor with the Dublin Junior Premier side.
The man that led the Dubs to All-Ireland Junior Championship glory, Peter Lucey, also prefers Barry's Tea.
Camogie's celebrated historian and author, Mary Moran, spent many fond days on Liffeyside.
She has written several books on the sport. They are an absolute treasure-trove.
When Dublin were in their pomp, the game, and indeed the world, was a different place. And camogie's corridors have seen many make-overs since then.
"It was a totally different game years ago," notes Paudie. "If you don't have the fitness and speed today, you won't be able to compete."
The approach has also changed utterly. "The preparation we put in is equivalent to any hurling team. And that can only be good for camogie."
Cork are now preparing for a League semi-final, and then there's the scent of the summer when they'll hope to be writing the headlines in The Examiner and Echo.
But Paudie is content to look at the smaller picture - one puck at a time. "We just concentrate on performance. Our aim is to get a bit better everytime we go out.
"I say to the girls that if you perform to your maximum, you normally get the result.
"If you don't, having performed to your ultimate, there's very little you can do about it."