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Saturday 3 December 2016

Bobby looking forward to a great day as Jackies face Rebelettes

Sinead Goldrick
Sinead Goldrick

BOBBY McNulty is a Thomas Davis man. He'll be in Dublin's dugout for Sunday's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship final against Cork in Croke Park (4.0).

He was reared on the Thomas Davis three-in-a-row team. The side that won three Dublin Senior Championships on the trot in 1989, '90 and '91.

"That was a great team. You had players like Paul Curran, Dave Foran and all the others. So many top quality footballers," recalls Bobby.

"Thomas Davis is a club of many legends. I was lucky enough to learn from them. You had people like Christina McGinty.

Bobby played himself. "I got a knee injury when I was 20, and I didn't play much after that. I then got involved in coaching in the club.

"I was fortunate enough to get involved with Development Squads, and I just progressed from there. I made the decision early to go into coaching and I'm glad that I did."

He has met some icons along the road. Mickey Whelan stands out.

"Mickey is a great man. He was really ahead of his time.

"He played such a vital role when Dublin won the All-Ireland in 2011 under Pat Gilroy.

"Pat O'Neill is another manager I respected. He was in charge when I first began going to Dublin games."

Jim Gavin is now right up there in Bobby's book, as is the Dublin Ladies boss, Gregory McGonigle.

"It's great to be working at this level. I had two years with the Dublin ladies minors before the chance came to join the seniors.

The Jackies took gold for the first time in 2010. Bobby's club colleague, Siobhan McGrath, played a major part in that.

Now the Davis club have Olwen Carey on the Dublin team. Like Siobhan, she has become one of the best in the country.

And Bobby predicts there's more to come. "Thomas Davis is a club going places. Hopefully, we'll have a few more superstars to come." And what about Brendan Martin joining Sam for supper in Bewley's?

Bobby says there is every chance. "Dublin have had back-to-back All-Ireland U21 titles, and now we are in the senior final for the second year in succession."

3Tickets for the All Ireland final are available to purchase via www.tickets.ie and from select Centra and Supervalu stores Adults €25, students / senior citizens €10, U14's €5. Also available from LGFA Office Phone: 01-8363156, Email: info@ladiesgaelic.ie.

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