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Dublin ready for Royal ask

DUBLIN have never won the National League. The road to the Promised Land begins on Sunday.

The Royals are coming to Swords. Wally Galvin will be on the scoreboard. Fingallians will ensure that the going is good.

The Bord Gáis Energy National League finals always take place in Parnell Park. The Jackies would love to experience the green, green grass of home.

They did win the Division 2 title there two years ago against Meath. Tommy Brown wore the Bib.

Peter Clarke then got the gig, and last season Dublin reached the Division 1 semi-final, falling to the eventual winners, Monaghan.

The Dubs made the championship quarter-final. They overcame Meath in the Leinster final in Carlow.

Now, as the 2013 Blues prepare to get back on the bus, Meath, no doubt, will ask some questions. A solid start will lift morale for the road again.

A positive run in the league is the ideal preparation for championship. Cork have been the dominant league side of recent times.

It was a surprise to many that Monaghan beat them in the league final in Donnycarney.

Now, in the weekend's stand-out fixture, the Rebels will be arriving in Farney land.

The former Dublin boss, Peter Clarke, is now in charge of Mayo. They host Tyrone, while Laois must travel to Donegal.


p ON behalf of the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association and our entire membership, we would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the late Dublin legend, Kevin Heffernan (RIP). Our sympathies also go to his club St Vincent's on this sad occasion. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

p COUNTY BOARD MEETINGS: There will be two County Board meetings in February. The first will take place on Tuesday February 12 at 7.30pm in Parnell Park. All correspondence must be with County Secretary Mary O'Connor by 5pm on Tuesday February 5. The second County Board meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm in Parnell Park. All correspondence must be with County Secretary Mary O'Connor by 5pm on Friday February 15. All correspondence should be sent to Mary O'Connor, Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Le Chéile Community Centre, Donnycarney, Dublin 5 or emailed to info@dublinladiesgaelic.ie

p REFEREES COURSES 2013: Two referees' refresher courses have been organised for existing Referees for the upcoming 2013 season. The first one will take place on Saturday February 9 at 11am in St Peregrine's GAA Club for all Northside referees and Saturday March 2 at 11am in Thomas Davis GAA club for all Southside referees. Both theory and fitness will be done on same day so please ensure to have relevant gear with you. Any Referee wishing to attend must register by email at dubladiesrefs@gmail.com or by text at 086-2503844. Only Referees who complete the course will be considered for appointments in 2013. Bookings will be accepted on the above contact details ONLY.

p INTERCOUNTY UPDATE: Our senior team will get their National League campaign under way next Sunday against old rivals Meath. The game will be played in Fingallians GAA club with at 2pm throw-in. This will be the team's first game under interim manager Paul Gilheaney and we would strongly encourage people to come and support the Girls in Blue.

Under-14 trials will commence this weekend further details will be sent to clubs shortly and posted on our website, dublinladiesgaelic.ie.