Crokes star Griffin to skipper Blues

KILMACUD CROKES’ Paul Griffin is the new Dublin senior football captain. The 25-year-old has been a member of the panel for the last seven years, winning five Leinster SFC medals and one U-21 All-Ireland.

For his club, he played a pivotal role in their recent All-Ireland Club triumph and he also holds two Leinster club titles.

Barry Cahill (St Brigid’s) is the vice-captain. Cahill made his debut in 2001 and has won five Leinster SFC medals as well as an U-21 Leinster title. The 27-year-old was an All-Star in 2007 as well as getting picked on the GPA team of the year. With St Brigid’s he has Leinster Club and Dublin Club Championship medals.

Dublin Manager Pat Gilroy said “Both players have huge respect within the squad and it was apparent they were natural leaders. Throughout their careers, they have been exemplary players for Dublin, constantly raising the bar for the team and I have no doubt they will continue to drive forward in that regard,” he added.

However, Gilroy was saddened to hear of the retirement of Colin Moran (Ballyboden St Enda’s) due to injury. Moran had an operation on an injured hip but failed to recover fully to take his place in the squad.

Gilroy said: “Collie was a great ambassador for all that is good in GAA. He was always willing to put the team first. I only got to know Collie really well in the last six months but it was clear he’s one of those guys everyone listened to and respected. It is no accident he was captain for a number of years. Since he started playing for Dublin in 1998, he was one of the players that you looked to in times of trouble.”

Gilroy has a couple of injury concerns, with Bernard Brogan, Diarmuid Connolly (shoulder), Mark Vaughan (back), Conal Keaney (virus) and Eamonn Fennell (appendix operation) all likely to be sidelined for this weekend’s county championship action.

“We will also be evaluating the form of all panellists during the club championship and that may result in some changes to our squad,” said the management in a statement yesterday.

Dublin squad: A Brogan, A Hubbard, B Cahill, B Brogan, B Kelly, B Cullen, C O’Sullivan, C Whelan, C Daly, C Keaney, D Magee, D Henry, D Lally, D Bastick, D Murray, D Connolly, E Fennell, G Brennan, J Brogan, J Sherlock, K Bonner

K Nolan, L Óg Óheinachain, M Davoren, M Vaughan, M Savage, P Andrews, P Burke, P Casey, P Conlon, P Flynn, P Griffin, R O’Carroll, R McConnell, S Ryan, S Cluxton, S O’Shaughnessy, T Diamond, T Quinn.


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