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Sunday 17 December 2017

Michael big asset to Dubs Armada

THERE'S a blue sky ahead. Michael O'Grady can see clearly now.

He's settling into his new role as an advisor to the Dublin senior camogie team.

The gig brings back memories of a famous day when Michael also wore his advisor's hat.

It was back in 1989 when Antrim shocked Offaly in the 1989 All-Ireland Hurling semi-final.

The result echoed around the Glens. Hurling people everywhere shared their joy.

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But Offaly emerged with credit too. They buried their own disappointment to stand outside the tunnel at the Canal End and applaud the Antrim players into the dressing-room.

A magical moment that would earn a place in the folder now named: 'What do you think of that, Joe Brolly!'

Michael brings a full brief-case to the Dublin appointment. It's packed with hurling knowledge.

He has gathered huge experience managing and coaching counties at senior level like Tipperary, Limerick, Wexford and, of course, the Dubs. He had five years with Dublin. He made significant steps.

But in the big football capital, the wind was always blowing against the small ball.

So many talented hurlers taking the High Road to the footballers.

Yet the hurling climate began to brighten. Then came the Dalo years.

Michael, and many other hurling heroes, played their part.

And now in Dublin camogie, Michael likes the way the breeze is blowing.

"I think Dublin camogie is getting better and better," he says.

"I watch a lot of camogie. I see plenty of club games involving my own club, Lucan Sarsfields.

"The camogie at Lucan is very well organised. It's like a professional set-up. The girls train just as hard as the fellas. Even harder.

"That's why Lucan have been successful. And I see other clubs around Dublin putting in the work. The whole thing is very impressive."

And it's the promise of youth that paints an even sharper picture.

"There's wonderful young players coming through all the time.

"The work has been put in. If the senior team can build on all the work that has been done with all the different age-groups, that I can see no reason why Dublin can't be a force again.

"Dublin can get back to the top. But the most important thing is that everybody continues to strive towards the one goal.

"Dublin club camogie continues to improve. Dublin have the numbers, so the future looks good."

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