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O'Grady says Dubs must keep the faith

KEEP the faith . . . that's the advice of the former Dublin hurling manager, Michael O'Grady.

The capital has been covered with a thick fog since the recent Leinster SHC quarter-final replay defeat to Galway.

Yet the Friends of Dublin Hurling chief believes there's a lot more to come from a team that had a positive league campaign and came within inches of beating Galway the first day in Croke Park.

"You'd have to say that the elements played a huge part to the defeat in Galway," reflects Michael.

"Winning the toss was crucial. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and Galway took full advantage in the first half.

"And such was their blistering start that the match was really over within the opening 20 minutes."

Michael also contends that the weather conditions had a role in the defeat of Dublin's U21 Championship.

"They were so unlucky to lose that game. They played extremely well. I felt they were the better team.

"But the strong sun in the faces of our defenders proved telling in the final goal that cost us the game."

Yet Michael remains upbeat that the summer is not yet over for the seniors . . . not for a long stretch.

Donate blood in Boden

THERE will be a Blood Donor Clinic at Ballyboden St Enda's on Thursday, June 25 (5.pm to 8.30pm).

People between the ages of 18 and 65 are invited to give blood.

Three thousand blood donations are needed in Ireland every week. Blood donors are always needed. Donor Line: 1850 731 137. giveblood.ie

Call up for Glór na nGael

ON Saturday week, June 27, Glór na nGael will host a meeting for all Dublin club Irish language officers and all GAA members that have an interest in the Irish language at the Na Fianna clubhouse (10am). Coiste átha Cliath expects a large attendance.

Feenan a Chiaráin's gem

DONNYCARNEY'S Scoil Chiaráin have produced some noble hurlers over the years.

At the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Finals in Croke Park last week, Jacob Feenan summed up the spirit of the side.

He played brilliantly in defence. The Craobh senior boss, Davy Kelly, would have been thrilled with such a display.

Maybe one day, Jacob will play for the Chiaráin's senior side.