Less likely again however is the prospect of the Dublin hurlers contesting three out of four deciders as they did during that great run of Jack Lynch and his peers sixty years since. Just over a decade since Dublin last reached a Leinster final, it’s nearly impossible to imagine any side with three castles on its chest doing anything serious in hurling any time soon.
For those of us who regard this as the greatest Irish sport of all, the slow death of Dublin hurling has been especially gruesome to watch. Last month’s hammering by Laois in the first round of the championship was the 12th consecutive defeat suffered by the senior team and manager Humphrey Kelleher paid for that unenviable record with his job.
Of course, that only begat another saga as the players downed tools last Thursday night and refused to train under the interim management. Reportedly, the squad want a manager with no link to the old regime before they try to rouse themselves for the newly restructured All-Ireland qualifiers.
It’s all a sorry mess. If the most annoying and completely misguided clich