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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Near misses live long in memory

Seán Kearns' service to Dublin senior hurlers spanned over three decades, between 1979 and 1993.

The midfield colossus was a central component to the Lar Foley team of the early 1990s which so nearly tasted Leinster glory when narrowly losing out to Offaly in 1990 and Kilkenny a year later.

An O'Toole's stalwart, Seán tasted senior championship glory on six occasions (1984, 1990, 1995-97, 2002) while he also represented the Dublin senior footballers on a number of occasions in the late 1970s and '80s.

BEST TIME FOR DUBLIN?

The 1991 campaign was great. We were just beaten by Kilkenny in the Leinster final, but it was a great time to be involved with Dublin hurling.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

For me it's that I didn't achieve more in the football. I was brought into the Dublin panel in 1979 and I got a few injuries and I went in again a couple of times after that, but it just didn't happen for me. For O'Toole's, I always regret that we didn't win the Leinster club hurling championship, especially when we did the three in-a-row in Dublin (95-97).

BEST CLUB MEMORY?

Winning the first county title in 1984 was a great feeling. St Martin's of Kilkenny beat us in Leinster and they went on to win it. It was played in O'Toole Park and the tight pitch probably didn't suit us. I really believe if it was played in Parnell Park we'd have won it.

BIGGEST INFLUENCE?

Brian Mullins was a hero of mine, so to play with him in 1979 with Dublin was brilliant. At club level, Jack Wallace was my midfield partner when I got on to the senior hurling team as a 17-year-old and he was brilliant. John Thompson and Peadar Carton were also very influential for me.

TOUGHEST OPPONENT?

There was so many. Playing midfield, I got to play against some of the best lads around and I couldn't pick out just one.

BEST PLAYER YOU PLAYED WITH?

Peadar Carton was a brilliant player at centre-back. He played with Leinster when he was with Dublin.

PLAYER FROM ANOTHER ERA YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE PLAYED WITH?

Frank Cummins from Kilkenny, and Conal Keaney.

HOW WILL DUBLIN HURLERS DO IN 2014?

They will learn from the Cork defeat and they have every chance of doing something special. There is some fantastic talent coming through, lads like Liam Rushe and David Treacy. They just have to push on and build on what they achieved.

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