Dublin GAA

Dublin GAA
Dublin GAA
Irish: Áth Cliath
Province: Leinster
Nickname(s): The Metropolitans/The Dubs
The Jacks/The Jackies
The Boys In Blue
The Liffeysiders
County colours: Sky Blue and Navy Blue
Ground(s): Parnell Park, Donnycarney
Dominant sport: Dual County
NFL: Division 1
NHL: Division 1
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Liam McCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: O'Duffy Cup
Standard kit

Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae Átha Cliath), or Dublin GAA, is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Dublin. The county board is also responsible for the Dublin inter-county teams. Gerry Harrington is the current Dublin GAA County Chairman, currently serving his third term.[1]



Dublin play home games at Parnell Park in Donnycarney on Dublin's northside, although Croke Park is used for major matches. Parnell Park also hosts all the major games in the Dublin club Football and Hurling championships. The current football manager is Pat Gilroy of St.Vincent's CLG. The current hurling team manager is Anthony Daly. Dublin claimed five Leinster Senior Football Championships in a row following a one-point victory over Laois in 2005, a nine-point victory over Offaly in 2006, a six-point victory over Laois in 2007, a 23-point victory over Wexford in 2008 and a 3-point victory over Kildare in 2009. Meanwhile the hurlers retained their status in the Liam McCarthy Cup. The current (2010) Dublin County Champions in Senior Hurling, Ladies Football and Camogie are Ballyboden St Endas

Notable Members

The following members have also held notable positions in the GAA

The Fans

Dublin supporters, commonly known as The Dubs, are often called one of the best or one of the worst set of fans within GAA circles. This contradiction is best explained by the fact that while many consider the colour and noise that Dublin support brings to the game to be unrivalled, others consider many of the Dublin supporters to be football fans, due to the traditionally greater popularity of soccer in Dublin than in other parts of the country. This may also have derived from the 1970s when Heffo's army was on the march. As can be seen in this clip of the '74 final, the fans of the time had taken inspiration from English soccer fans with the song You'll Never Walk Alone. While songs are still popular with the Dublin fans they now tend to be Dublin-centric such as Molly Malone and Dublin in the Rare Old Times or focus on the team itself singing Come on you boys in blue. The Hill 16 end in Croke Park is an area for which many Dubs hold a special affection and it is not uncommon to see the Hill filled entirely with Dubs, with perhaps a few opposing supporters. This has given rise to the chant that "Hill 16 is Dublin only".

The Dublin team are sometimes called The Jacks with the ladies called The Jackies. These names came from a shortening of the word Jackeen a word used by some country folk in referring to Dubliners.[2][3][4][5]

Notable fans include Jim Stynes, golfer Pádraig Harrington Rugby Union star Brian O'Driscoll and actor Colm Meaney.


The following is a list of sponsors of the Dublin Senior Football team


The GAA conducted a review of the structure of the Dublin GAA organisation in 2002 because of the huge population inequities, and investigated the feasibility of dividing the County into more population-appropriate structures. Plans to divide Dublin into two teams, North Dublin and South Dublin, were proposed in 2002 but were rejected by the Dublin County Board.

Currently the Dublin County Board has only decided to divide its development teams. These teams are not considered to be a move towards dividing the county but are in fact a move designed to identify and develop young talent for the County as a whole. The restructured developments teams are North, South and West.

New County Crest

In 2003/4 the Dublin County Board tried unsuccessfully to copyright the Dublin crest in use at the time. The crest at the time was declared to be in the public domain by the Irish High Court as it was too similar to other crests in use by Dublin City Council and other Dublin sports bodies. In line with other county boards at the time, in order to prevent further loss of revenue, the county board designed a new crest which could be copyrighted and registered as a trade mark, which drew from the county's historical past.

The Crest signifies three castles in flame (Dublin City Coat of Arms), a raven (Fingal), A Viking Longboat (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown) and a book (South Dublin). The Name Áth Cliath in Irish replaces the previous Crests "Dublin".



Dublin first won the All-Ireland in 1891 beating Cork by a 2-1 to 1-1 margin. They won the All-Ireland the following year with victory over Kerry. The Dublin team of the 70's are considered to be one of the greatest teams of all time. The team of that era won 4 All-Irelands ('74, '76, '77 and '83) and won 7 Leinster titles (6 in-a-row). They were also the first team to play in 6 All Ireland Football Finals in a row from 1974 to 1979, a feat later matched by Kerry in 2009

Dublin and Meath were involved in one of the most famous of Leinster championship encounters in 1991, the Dublin and Meath 4 in-a-row tie. The teams had to go to three replays in their Leinster Senior Football Championship first round match before a winner could be found. This series of games had the added factor of the Dublin and Meath being long standing fierce rivals, a rivalry that was increased due to Meath winning the 4 out of the last 5 Leinster Championships and 2 All-Irelands over the previous 5 years to replace Dublin as the strongest team in Leinster. Meath eventually won the series thanks to a last minute goal scored by Kevin Foley, and a point scored by David Beggy, in the third replay.


Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Football final on 23 occasions, the most of any county apart from Kerry. Their most recent win was in 2011, the 122nd All Ireland Final, beating Kerry by a single point, 1-12 to 1-11, scored by the free-taker Stephen Cluxten (goalkeeper), and they had not previously won the All Ireland since 1995. They have won the Leinster Championship on 49 occasions. They have also won the National Football League on 9 occasions, most recently in 1993.The Dublin fans were delighted with the outcome, beating The Kingdom,after their loss back in 2009.

Dublin Football Squad

No. Player Position Club
1 Stephen Cluxton Goalkeeper Parnells
2 Philip McMahon Right Corner Back Ballymun Kickhams
3 Rory O'Carroll Full Back Kilmacud Crokes
4 Michael Fitzsimons Left Corner Back Cuala
5 James McCarthy Right Half Back Ballymun Kickhams
6 Ger Brennan Centre Back St.Vincents
7 Kevin Nolan Left Half Back Kilmacud Crokes
8 Michael Darragh Macauley Midfield Ballyboden St. Enda's
9 Barry Cahill Midfield St Brigids
10 Paul Flynn Right Half Forward Fingallians
11 Kevin McManamon Centre Forward St Judes
12 Bryan Cullen Left Half Forward Skerries Harps (captain)
13 Alan Brogan Right Corner Forward St.Oliver Plunketts-Eoghan Ruadh
14 Diarmuid Connolly Full Forward St.Vincents
15 Bernard Brogan Left Corner Forward St.Oliver Plunketts-Eoghan Ruadh
No. Player Position Club
16 Michael Savage Substitute St.Vincents
17 Sean Murray Substitute St Brigids
18 Paul Conlon Substitute St.Vincents
19 Paul Casey Substitute Lucan Sarsfields
20 Paul Brogan Substitute St.Oliver Plunketts-Eoghan Ruadh
21 Denis Bastick Substitute Templeogue Synge Street
22 Ross McConnell Substitute St.Oliver Plunketts-Eoghan Ruadh
23 David Henry Substitute Raheny
24 Declan Lally Substitute St Brigids
25 Eoghan O'Gara Substitute Templeogue Synge Street
26 Tomas Quinn Substitute St.Vincents

Squad as per Dublin vs Laois (Leinster Quarter-Final 2011)

Dublin Club Football Championships

The Dublin Senior Football Championship is an annual club competition between the top Dublin clubs. The winners of the Dublin Championship qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Championship and in turn, go on to the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. The current (2010) Dublin County Champions are Kilmacud Crokes who claimed their 3rd Dublin Senior Championship title. The first winners of the Dublin football championship were Erins Hope in 1887, who were the student club attached to St. Patrick's Teacher Training College, Drumcondra. St Vincent's have won the most titles with a total of 25.

The Dublin Intermediate Football Championship is the second tier football championship. The Intermediate champions go on to play in the Senior football Championship. The 2010 Dublin Intermediate County Champions are St. Brigid's who became champions with a win over Cuala.



Dublin are the current National Hurling League champions, their first national title since they won the All Ireland in 1938. The hurlers have a very fervent following who travel in significant numbers to matches in the provinces. There has been a revival in the fortunes and popularity of Dublin hurling in recent years, and Dublin underage teams have had much success.[6][7]

In the 2005 league Dublin were relegated to Division Two in the National Hurling League, while the minor side won the Leinster Championship for the first time since 1983. In 2006 Dublin gained promotion to Division One after victory over Kerry in the Division Two final.[8] Following some indifferent displays in the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, they still managed to save their status in the top flight of hurling counties and again contested the McCarthy Cup in 2007. In the 2007 league, meanwhile, despite being favourites to go down in 2007, Dublin managed to avoid relegation by finishing in fourth position. In 2009, former Clare manager, Anthony Daly was appointed manager of Dublin.[9] Under his management, Dublin contested the Leinster Final, but lost by 2 goals to Kilkenny.[10]


Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Hurling final on 6 occasions, most recently in 1938. They have won the Leinster Championship on 23 occasions. They have not won a Leinster Final since 1961. They have also won the National Hurling League three times, in 1929, 1939 and 2011.

Dublin Hurling Squad

  • Manager: Anthony Daly
  • Selectors: Ciaran Hetherton, Richie Stakelum, Vincent Teehan
No. Player Position Club
1 Gary Maguire Goalkeeper Ballyboden St. Enda's
2 Niall Corcoran Right Corner Back Kilmacud Crokes
3 Tomás Brady Full Back Na Fianna
4 Oisin Gough Left Corner Back Cuala
5 Stephen Hiney Right Half Back Ballyboden St. Enda's (Captain)
6 Joey Boland Centre Back Na Fianna
7 Maurice O'Brien Left Half Back Faughs
8 John McCaffrey Midfield Lucan Sarsfields
9 Shane Durkin Midfield Ballyboden St. Enda's
10 Simon Lambert Right Half Forward Ballyboden St. Enda's
11 Peter Kelly Centre Forward Lucan Sarsfields
12 Paul Ryan Left Half Forward Ballyboden St. Enda's
13 David O'Callaghan Right Corner Forward St.Marks
14 Liam Rushe Full Forward St Patricks Palmerstown
15 Alan McCrabbe Left Corner Forward Craobh Chiaráin
No. Player Position Club
16 Alan Nolan Substitute St. Brigids
17 Ruairi Trainor Substitute St. Vincents
18 Michael Carton Substitute O'Tooles
19 Peadar Carton Substitute O'Tooles
20 David Curtin Substitute Ballyboden St. Enda's
21 Kevin Flynn Substitute O'Tooles
22 John Kelly Substitute St.Marks
23 Declan O'Dwyer Substitute Naomh Olaf
24 Liam Ryan Substitute O'Tooles
25 Shane Ryan Substitute Naomh Mearnog
26 Sean O'Sullivan Substitute St. Brigids
27 David Byrne Substitute Naomh Mearnog
28 Michael May Substitute Lucan Sarsfields
29 Ronan Walsh Substitute Kilmacud Crokes
30 David Tracey Substitute Cuala

Squad as per Dublin vs Kilkenny (Leinster Semi Final 2010)[11]


In 2007, the GAA announced that a hurling team from Fingal (north county Dublin) would compete in parallel to the main Dublin team,[12] to encourage hurling in an area of growing population where the game has not been strong.[13] While players from Fingal are eligible for the main Dublin team, non-Fingal players cannot play for Fingal.[13] The new team competed in the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2008,[13] and the Kehoe Cup in 2009.[14] They will play in Division 3B of the 2010 National Hurling League.[15]

Dublin Club Hurling Championship

The Dublin Senior Hurling Championship is an annual club competition between the top Dublin clubs. The winners of the Dublin Championship qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship and in turn, go on to the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The current (2010) Dublin County Champions are Ballyboden St Endas who claimed their 4th Dublin Senior Championship title.[16] The first winners of the Dublin hurling championship were Metropolitans in 1888. Faughs have won the most titles with a total of 31.

The (2010) champions of the Dublin Minor Hurling Championship are Kilmacud Crokes who beat Ballyboden St Endas in the final. [17]


Hardball Singles Winners

Dublin have won the Senior hardball singles All-Ireland title on 15 occasions, two more than their nearest rivals Kilkenny. The 2005 All-Ireland senior hardball singles title was won by Dubliner Eoin Kennedy who plays his club handball for St Brigids. Other former winners for Dublin are T. Soye and A. Clarke.

Softball Singles Winners

Dublin have won the Senior softball singles on nine occasions, more than any county other than Kilkenny (who have twenty-five wins to date). The former winners for Dublin include M. Joyce 1925, W. McGuire 1927, L. Rowe 1947, 1949 and 1951, P. Ryan 1980 and E. Kennedy 2004, 2005 and 2006.


Dublin are the most successful county in the women’s field sport of camogie, During the period from 1932 to 1966 they had nearly one third of the affiliated clubs in the Association and won all but eight of the championships they contested, winning a ten-in-a-row and an eight-in-a-row in a period interrupted only by a controversial 1956 All Ireland semi-final defeat to Antrim. In a period of revival they won three National Camogie League titles in the five year 1979-83 and the 1984 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. Three Dublin clubs have won the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship, Austin Stacks (1971 and 1972), Eoghan Ruadh (1967), and Crumlin (1985).


The camogie structure in Dublin was arguably the most successful in the country and differed from its provincial counterparts. The league and championship were organised in the winter months,[18] and weekly programmes of Dublin Senior Club Camogie League, Dublin Senior Club Camogie Championship and Isle of Man Cup matches were contested by clubs such as Austin Stacks, Celtic, CIE, Cuchulainns, Eoghan Ruadh, Jacobs, Muiris O’Neills, Naomh Aoife, and Optimists on a dedicated camogie ground in the Phoenix Park (first used 1922, reopened 1933, new pitch opened 1987) although Celtic had a ground in Coolock and CIE had a ground in Inchicore. This left Dublin camogie to concentrate on a summer closed season which contributed to its successes in the but led to difficulties when Dublin clubs began to compete in the provincial and All Ireland club championship in the 1960s. Although Celtic were the first winners of the All Ireland, they did not compete the following year.

Notable Players

Notable players include team of the century members Eileen Duffy, Sophie Brack, Kay Mills and Úna O'Connor, player of the year award winners Alice Hussey and Yvonne Redmond, All Star award winners[19] Eimear Brannigan, Ciara Lucey and Louise O'Hara, and stars from the “golden age” such as Sophie Brack, Emmy Delaney, Kathleen Cody, Peggy Griffin, Doreen Rogers and Mary Walsh.


Máire Ní Chinnéide, Máire Gill, Eilish Redmond, Nell McCarthy, Úna Uí Phuirséil, Brídín Uí Mhaolagáin and Phyllis Breslin have served as presidents of the Camogie Association).


Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[20] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[21]

Ladies' football


In 2010 Dublin won their first All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship title after being finalists in the 2003, 2004 and 2009 finals. Suzanne Hughes of Dublin won the ladies' All-Ireland Kick Fada Championship in 2002 and 2009.


In Gaelic Football Dublin's biggest rivalry has been with nearby Meath, Both counties were the strongest sides from Leinster during the 1970's & 80's. The 1991 Four game tie added to the intensity between the two counties. Dublin also share a rivalry with neighbours Kildare. Lesser local rivalries exist with nearby Wicklow, Laois and Westmeath. On a national level Dublin's rivalry with Kerry is considered on of the best in Ireland. The rivalry between the two counties intensified in the 1970's and early 80's. Other smaller rivalries include Galway who Dublin played in the 1983 Final known as the Game Of Shame, Tyrone and Cork.

The Dublin Hurling team share lesser rivalries with fellow provincial sides Kilkenny, Offaly and Wexford.

Dublin Club Scene

For more details on this topic, see Gaelic Athletic Association clubs in County Dublin and List of GAA clubs in Dublin

See also

  • The Dubs – Dublin GAA since the 1940s


  1. ^ "Harrington retains chair in Dublin". Hoganstand.com. 2007-12-11. http://www.hoganstand.com/dublin/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=86787. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ "The Jacks are back". Village.ie. Archived from the original on 2007-11-19. http://web.archive.org/web/20071119044450/http://www.village.ie/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=2234. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  3. ^ "The Jacks are back". Roscommon Herald. http://archives.tcm.ie/roscommonherald/2005/07/20/story1647.asp. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Reeling in the years ,1976". RTÉ. http://www.rte.ie/tv/reelingintheyears/1976.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ "The Jacks are back (tcd)". http://www.mee.tcd.ie/rik/. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  6. ^ Lawlor, Damien (2008-06-22). "Capital's small ball project needs win to justify means". Irish Independent. http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaa-championships/hurling/capitals-small-ball-project-needs-win-to-justify-means-1418458.html. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  7. ^ Griffin, Liam (2005-06-26). "Hurling analyst". Sunday Tribune. http://www.tribune.ie/archive/article/2005/jun/26/hurling-analyst/. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Dublin back in top flight". RTÉ Sport. 2006-04-30. http://www.rte.ie/sport/2006/0430/dublin.html. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Dublin decide on Daly". RTÉ Sport. 2008-11-24. http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/1124/dalya_dublin.html. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  10. ^ "Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18". RTÉ Sport. 2009-09-18. http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2009/0705/kilkenny_dublin.html. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  11. ^ "Ryan to start against Kilkenny". Wexford GAA. 2010-06-18. http://www.hill16.ie/index.php?/home/comments/ryan-to-start-against-kilkenny/. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  12. ^ Cummiskey, Gavin (2007-05-17). "Down, Dublin teams to compete in Rackard". The Irish Times: p. Sport, p.24. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2007/0517/1179315435755.html. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  13. ^ a b c "Fingal are up for the fight". Evening Herald. 2008-07-22. http://www.herald.ie/sport/hurling/fingal-are-up-for-the-fight-1438132.html. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  14. ^ Cassells, Shane (2009-01-21). "Late rally leads DCU to victory over Fingal". Fingal Independent. http://www.fingal-independent.ie/sport/hurling/late-rally-leads-dcu-to-victory-over-fingal-1608954.html. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  15. ^ Scully, Niall (2009-02-14). "Fingal begin new chapter in the National League". Evening Herald. http://www.herald.ie/sport/hurling/fingal-begin-new-chapter-in-the-national-league-1640224.html. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  16. ^ "GAA Club Finals round-up". RTÉ Sport. 2008-11-01. http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2008/1101/clubfinals.html. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  17. ^ hill16.ie
  18. ^ "Icon Eileen was a past master". Evening Herald (Evening Herald). 2 February 2010. http://www.herald.ie/incoming/icon-eileen-is-a-past-master-2044039.html. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  19. ^ All-stars on camogie.ie
  20. ^ Irish Independent March 29 2010: Final goal for camogie
  21. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dublin GAA — Dublin GAA …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dublin GAA Honours — This is a list of Gaelic Athletic Association athletes and teams who have won honours for Dublin GAA. Contents 1 Men s Football 1.1 GAA All Stars Awards winners (football): 86 1.2 Records …   Wikipedia

  • John Egan (Dublin GAA) — John Egan (16 March 1951 ndash; 1 July 2007) is a former Dublin GAA County Chairman. He was also known as Seán Mac Aogáin and was active in the promotion of the Irish language. He was elected to the chair in 1998 and served as chairman until 2002 …   Wikipedia

  • The Dubs - Dublin GAA since the 1940s — is a book written by former Dublin Gaelic footballer and hurler Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin. It recounts the former glories of Dublin GAA, including Dublin s more prosperous hurling years in the 1940s, 50s and 60s in which the county team appeared in 6 …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Senior Hurling Championship — Current season or competition: Dublin Senior Hurling Championship 2011 Irish Craobh Sinsear Iomána Átha Cliath Code …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Senior Football Championship 2010 — Dublin Champions Kilmacud Crokes (7th win) Winning Manager Paddy Carr Player of the Year Brian Kavanagh Relegated team(s) N/A …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Senior B Hurling Championship — Irish Craobh Sinsear Iomána Baile Átha Cliath Title holders St Brigids ( title) Dublin Senior B Hurling Club Championship is an annual Gaelic Athletic Association club competition between the second tier Dublin Clubs. The winners of the Dublin B… …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Minor Hurling Championship — Irish ? Founded 1929 Title holders Kilmacud Crokes (8th title) Most titles St Vincents (20 titles) Sponsors …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Under 21 Football Championship — Irish Craobh Faoi 21 Peile Bhaile Átha Cliath Title holders Lucan Sarsfields (2nd title) Most titles ? (? titles) Sponsors Evening Herald …   Wikipedia

  • Dublin Senior Football Championship 2008 — Dublin Champions Kilmacud Crokes (6th win) Winning Captain Johnny Magee Winning Manager Paddy Carr Relegated team(s) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”