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MICK BERMINGHAM will forever be a name synonymous with Dublin hurling.

The county's first ever All Star recipient back in 1971, the forward is often included in debates about the greatest players not to have an All-Ireland medal.

He won six Railway Cup medals in the Leinster colours (1964, 1965 and 1971-74) and was a Kilmacud Crokes stalwart, leading them to glory in 1974, when he scored 2-5 against defending champions Faughs, and again 1976.

Agonisingly, a broken hand sustained in April 1961 meant he missed out on Dublin's Leinster championship glory and run to the All-Ireland final in the same year.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Winning the county championships in 1974 and '76.

I won quite a few Railway Cup medals as well. Back in the 1960s and 1970s a Railway Cup was as big as a National League medal.

BEST INDIVIDUAL DISPLAY?

I banged in a few goals against John Doyle (Tipperary and Munster) in a Railway Cup final in 1965!

A fella called Joe Sherwood was writing for the Evening Press at the time and he said I got a "few buzzes and a few stings"!

ANY PARTICULAR GAME THAT SPRINGS TO MIND?

The Dublin county final (for Kilacud Crokes) against Faughs in 1974.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

Not playing in an All-Ireland final. I broke my hand in April 1961 and I missed out on the whole summer (Dublin reached the All-Ireland SHC final where they lost to Tipperary).

BIGGEST INFLUENCE?

My father was number one. And a man called John Howard was number two.

TOUGHEST OPPONENT?

I'd an oul' sparring partner called Fran Larkin (Kilkenny)! We had a few 'dust-ups' as the fella would say.

We are great friends though and we meet up every now and again. That's what hurling is all about. What's on the pitch is left on the pitch.

BEST PLAYER YOU EVER PLAYED WITH?

I was privileged to play in the Railway Cup with the likes of Eddie Keher (Kilkenny), Ned Wheeler (Wexford), Tom Neville (Wexford) and Jim Treacy (Kilkenny).

Then at club level the two lads that really stick out would be Brian Cooney and Mattie Fox.

WHAT DID KILMACUD CROKES WINNING THE SHC 'A' IN 2012 MEAN TO YOU?

It was great to see. I was at a reception the other night for the presentation of their medals and it was great.

HOW DO YOU THINK DUBLIN WILL DO OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR?

They had a great two years before last year – winning Division 1 of the National Hurling League being the highlight in 2011. But they've a great bunch of lads there and the right fellas over them. As everyone knows it's very hard to top Kilkenny but Dublin have a lot of good young players coming from minor and U-21.

It's up to them now to put the shoulder to the wheel.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT STATE OF HURLING?

There's two things I'd like to see. I'd love to see the league played on a home-and-away basis.

I'd also like to see the All-Ireland club football final played with the Railway Cup football final on St Patrick's Day.

Then play the All-Ireland club hurling final with the Railway Cup hurling final on Easter Sunday.


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