DUBLIN had All-Ireland champions on the Castleknock cat-walk last Saturday night. The young Dubs came home with the U21 All-Ireland Championship. It's a competition that honours the memory of the talented Mayo footballer.
The Blues beat Meath in the final at Clane last June. They played some outstanding football. The quality in the side underlined the county's formidable position in the underage ranks.
The Dubs had players who would start in the All-Ireland Senior Championship final, Leah Caffrey, Molly Lamb and Carla Rowe.
And they possessed a cluster of senior personnel, including the U21 captain, Siobhan Woods. For so long, Sinead Aherne has been Dublin's stand-out forward. And back home in Malahide, her genius is inspiring the generations.
In the U21 final, Nicole Owens, from the St Sylvester's club, scored a hat-trick of goals.She was part of a cultured full forward line that included Woods and Rowe. It's further proof of the depth of the Blue Danube. And as president, Pat Quill, relates: "Dublin have been hugely successful at underage level. And that certainly has had a positive effect on the senior side."