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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Alex: Standards rising in Dublin

Crumlin’s Alex Quinn scores a goal for Dublin during last January’s Walsh Cup victory over Carlow at Parnell Park
Crumlin’s Alex Quinn scores a goal for Dublin during last January’s Walsh Cup victory over Carlow at Parnell Park

Cyril Farrell was on the radio. He was talking about the Dublin U17 hurling team. He had been impressed by them. He said they had good wrists.

He says that so much in hurling it comes down to having elastic wrists. Alex Quinn is one of those "fine wristy hurlers" that Cyril often refers to.

Alex was selected at left corner-forward on the Dublin Bus/Herald Dubs Stars hurling side.

Jimmy Boggan managed Crumlin to the Leinster Senior Club title in 1979. Alone that feat stood for almost 40 years. Until Cuala's breakthrough.

Up in Crumlin, Jimmy's finger-prints are still all over the sliotar. Young players like Alex quickly learn about his noble deeds.

Alex knows, from first-hand, how good the Dalkey team are.

"I have never played a club team like them. Their physical fitness is incredible. They are like a county team."

Alex was always nimble on the feet himself. He grew up near Richmond Park, the home of St Patrick's Athletic.

"I played soccer. Inchicore is a big soccer area. Myself and my brother, Ben, did mascot for St Pat's."

The twins early years were spent at Good Counsel.

Alex admired Vinnie Murphy.

"He's known as a great Dublin footballer, but he was a brilliant hurler as well. I also liked DJ Carey. He was some player."

Ben was also on the Crumlin side that were unlucky not to emerge from their Group in this season's Dublin Senior Hurling Championship.

"We won two games against Faughs and Boden and we still didn't get out of the Group, which was very disappointing," muses Alex.

Alex states that Cuala are certainly at the top of the Leader Board, but there's quite a scramble beneath them.

"Cuala obviously are the best team in Dublin, but you have a good few teams that could beat each other on a given day.

Going up

"I have been playing at senior level now for four or five years, and even in that time I have seen the standards going up.

"We have a good side at Crumlin. We are in Division 1. And that is good for the club and the community."

Alex salutes all the dedicated hurling men of Crumlin and also at Good Counsel where he still plays football.

"Counsel are a wonderful club as well. We got promoted to the AFL 3 this season, so we are all thrilled with that."

Away from the football and the hurling, Alex enjoys rock climbing.

And he's confident that Crumlin, Counsel and the Dubs will continue on their pathway to the summit.

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