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Saturday 21 April 2018

Kettle: No reason to split in two

ANDY KETTLE has reiterated that the Dublin senior football team should not be split in two - even if his county goes on to dominate the All-Ireland landscape over the next decade, writes Frank Roche.

DUBLIN GAA's recent mix of on-field and off-field success - embracing two of the last three All-Ireland SFC titles, underage strides and a multi-million euro sponsorship deal with AIG - has reopened debate about the advantages held by the capital when it comes to population and funding. Asked if the proposal to divide Dublin could be reopened if they maintain their recent football dominance over a longer period, the county board chairman said he had "no doubt" this would happen.

But he added: "That doesn't necessarily mean that I agree with it because I don't. Kilkenny have been hugely successful in hurling over the last 10 or 15 years - nobody has put forward the idea of splitting Kilkenny into north and south. Nobody put forward the idea of splitting Tipp into North Riding and South Riding, Cork into east and west Cork, so there is no reason why Dublin should be split."

AIDAN WALSH has bucked the anti-dual trend by deciding to play with the Cork senior hurlers in 2014, as well as the county footballers. The 2010 All-Ireland SFC winner and two-time All Star midfielder has received the backing of new Cork football boss Brian Cuthbert to also enlist with Jimmy Barry-Murphy's hurling squad next year.

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