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Friday 22 August 2014

Dub baton passes to proud Pat

THERE'S a new sheriff in town. Pat Martin will lead Dublin camogie in 2013.

"It will be a busy year. Dublin camogie is in a good place. There are a lot of positive things happening and it can only get better," states Pat.

He's a St Brigid's man. He takes over as chairperson from Marie O'Brien. Previously, he was vice-chairperson.

"Marie put so much into it. She filled so many roles over the years. She was such an important presence for us."

Pat looks back on 2012 with relish. The Féile stands tall. "That was a real highlight.

"I'll always remember the sense of colour and occasion of the teams parading down O'Connell Street. It was a wonderful spectacle.

"Dublin put its best foot forward by hosting Féile in such a first-class manner. It was a fantastic few days."

There were other high points. Dublin reaching the All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final for the first time in years was one.

"Then there was the under-16s becoming All-Ireland champions and the juniors winning the National League.

"There has been a tremendous growth in the juvenile structure, and it's down to the hard work of so many. We aim to sustain that effort.

"We are seeing the rewards. The success of the under-16s proves it. We hadn't won the All-Ireland U16 Championship in 30 years."

Pat was also thrilled with the gala awards ceremony at Westmanstown.

"It was one of the best nights we have ever had.

"And it was lovely to see two great women, Sheila Wallace and Phyllis Breslin, enter the Hall of Fame. They have done so much for the game."

He adds that he may be the one now wearing the badge but insists he won't be lacking in willing deputies.

"I have terrific people around me. They'll keep me on the straight and narrow. We are all in this together - officers, mentors, coaches, players, clubs, referees, parents, supporters etc. We'll keep driving on."

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