Dublin 2-19 Westmeath 0-10
A familiar second-half onslaught from Dublin at Croke Park eased the All-Ireland holders to a six-in-a-row of Leinster senior football titles, the first time they've achieved that feat since 1979.
Jim Gavin's red hot favourites led by just one point at half-time but came storming into the game after the break, outscoring Westmeath by 2-12 to 0-04 to win at their leisure.
Dublin similarly shook off a lethargic opening against Meath in the semi-finals to come good in the second-half and were even better this time, opening up with some thrilling football.
It remains to be seen if Dublin's comfortable passage through their province will count against them in the All-Ireland series but they will feel they can do little more than they are doing.
Bernard Brogan was taken off in Dublin's previous games against Meath and Laois but impressed with 1-4 while free-taker Dean Rock once again led the way with an eight-point haul.
Wing-back John Small had a strong game while there were cameos around the field from Brian Fenton, goal scorer Kevin McManamon and Diarmuid Connolly.
Experienced Connolly may count himself lucky for avoiding a black card dismissal after hauling Westmeath's James Dolan to the ground late in the first-half, an incident that led to a large melee and eventually to both players being booked.
The game was tight at that stage with Westmeath setting up defensively, like last year's final, and holding Dublin until half-time when they trailed by 0-07 to 0-06.
John Heslin scored three points from frees for Westmeath and midfielder Ger Egan clipped two early on.
Dean Rock kept Dublin in touch with four converted frees but the sense that they could go up another couple of gears was strong.
They duly upped the ante after the restart with three points in a row to signal their appetite for destruction.
Heslin hit back with a Westmeath score but Dublin hit the gas again and reeled off seven points without reply before slamming in their first goal in the 58th minute.
Brogan got that though it was a great move involving Paddy Andrews, Jonny Cooper and Fenton that led to the All Star palming in from close range.
McManamon got Dublin's second goal in the 69th minute and it was worth waiting for as he ran onto sub Paul Mannion's pop pass and blasted the ball into the right corner of Westmeath's net.
Dublin progress to an All-Ireland quarter-final while Tom Cribbin's Lake County will have an opportunity to atone when they meet Cork or Mayo in Round 4 of the qualifiers.
Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, P McMahon, David Byrne; J Small (0-01), C O'Sullivan, E Lowndes; B Fenton, MD Macauley; P Flynn (0-01), C Kilkenny, D Connolly (0-01); K McManamon (1-02), D Rock (0-08, 0-07f), B Brogan (1-04).
Subs: P Andrews (0-02) for Lowndes (h/t), C O'Callaghan for Macauley (48), D Bastick for Connolly (52), D Daly for Small (56), M Fitzsimons for O'Sullivan (60), P Mannion for Rock (63).
Westmeath: D Quinn; K Daly, A Stone, J Gonoud; K Maguire, J Dolan, D Lynch; D Corroon (0-01), G Egan (0-02); F Boyle, P Sharry, R Connellan; K Martin, J Heslin (0-06, 0-05f), C McCormack (0-01).
Subs: D Daly for Connellan (35), S Corcoran for Lynch (53), S Duncan for Daly (55), J Connellan for Martin (59), R Gorman for Maguire (60), D McNicholas for Sharry (65).
Referee: F Kelly (Longford).
The Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Contae Átha Cliath) or Dublin GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in the Dublin Region and the Dublin inter-county teams who are paid.
The Dublin Gaelic football team is the Best GAA team in terms of attendance which is made up of 286 clubs (2015 GAA affiliation statistics). The team and its fans are known as "The Dubs" or “Boys in Blue”. The fans have a special affiliation with the Hill 16 end of Croke Park.
Government of the GAA
See also: Gaelic Athletic Association county
Dublin GAA has jurisdiction over the area that is associated with the traditional county of County Dublin. There are 9 officers on the Board including the Cathaoirleach (Chairperson), Seán Shanley. For details on the Board's clubs, see Gaelic Athletic Association clubs in County Dublin and List of Gaelic games clubs in Ireland.
The Board is subject to the Leinster GAA Provincial Council.
The teams of Dublin GAA play home games at Parnell Park, Donnycarney on the northside of the city, although Croke Park is used for major matches at the request of the GAA. Parnell Park also hosts all the major games in the Dublin club Football and Hurling championships. The current senior football manager is Jim Gavin. The current senior hurling team manager is Ger Cunningham. 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 MacCarthy Cup.
The following members have also held notable positions in the GAA:
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 rejected by the Dublin County Board. Currently the 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.
Dublin supporters are commonly known as The Dubs, and in the 1970s as Heffo's army. While songs are still popular with the Dublin fans they 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. Dublin supporters have been known to chant "Hill 16 is Dublin only" as a humorous jibe at supporters from rival teams.
The Dublin team are sometimes called The Jacks with the ladies called The Jackies. These names came from a shortening of the word Jackeen.
Notable fans include Jim Stynes, golfer Pádraig Harrington, rugby union star Brian O'Driscoll and actor Colm Meaney.
Crest and symbols
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 and in order to prevent further loss of revenue, the county board designed a new crest drawing from the county's historical past which could be copyrighted and registered as a trade mark.
The symbolism of the crest is: three castles in flame which signifies the city of Dublin; a raven which signifies the county of Fingal; a Viking longboat which signifies the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown; a book which signifies the county of South Dublin. The name Áth Cliath in Irish replaces the previous name "Dublin".
Till 1918, Dublin wore the colours of the Club Champions as many other counties. In 1918 they adopted the well-known sky shirt with the Dublin shield even if the kit has been for many years different compared to the actual one: collar and shorts were in fact white and the socks hooped, white and blue. The change to the present look, with dark blue details, shorts and socks, was made in 1974.
The following is a list of sponsors of the Dublin Senior Football team
In October 2013, Dublin signed a new sponsorship deal with insurance firm AIG in excess of €4m over a five-year period. The deal will also incorporate ladies football and camogie for the first time.
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. Because of their record, the Dublin team of the 1970s are considered by many to be one of the greatest team of all time. The team of that era won 4 All-Irelands (1974, 1976, 1977 and 1983) 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.
On 25 March 2017, when beating Roscommon by 2–29 to 0–14 in a National League game at Croke Park, Dublin set a new record of playing 35 games in League and Championship without defeat. The previous record, held by Kerry, had stood for 84 years.
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.
Main article: Dublin GAA Honours
Dublin have won the Senior All-Ireland Football final on 27 occasions – only Kerry, with 37 All-Ireland titles, have won more. They defeated Mayo by a single point in the 129th All-Ireland Final on 17 September 2017. This was their fifth championship since 2010.
Meanwhile, they have won the Leinster Championship on 56 occasions, and are the current Leinster champions, having beaten Kildare GAA 2–23 to 1–17 in 2017. This result was their seventh in a row, making history and saw them become Leinster champions for the eleventh time in twelve years. Only Meath have split their wins, winning the Leinster Championship in 2010.
Dublin have won the National Football League on 12 occasions, most recently in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Only Kerry (20) have more league titles.
Squad as per Dublin v Kerry, 2018 National Football League, 11 March 2018
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 (2015) Dublin County Champions are Ballyboden St Enda's who claimed their first 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 26.
The Dublin Intermediate Football Championship is the second tier football championship. The Intermediate champions go on to play in the Senior football Championship. The 2012 Dublin Intermediate County Champions are Cuala who became champions with a win over Fingallians. St Brigid's are the most successful intermediate club, having won on five occasions.
Dublin won the National Hurling League in May 2011 after a 12-point win over Kilkenny, 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.
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. 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 National Hurling 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. Under his management, Dublin contested the Leinster Final, but lost by 2 goals to Kilkenny. On 7 July 2013, they won the Leinster Final against Galway on a 2–25 to 2–13 scoreline, scoring 2–21 from play. This was the first time they had won this important competition since 1961. In a nice touch, the Goalkeeper from the 1961 team, presented Dublin Captain, Johnny McCaffrey with the Bob O'Keefe trophy.
Dublin's hurlers have failed to replicate the success of the county's football side, having won the Senior All-Ireland Hurling final on 6 occasions, most recently in 1938. In terms of All-Ireland titles, they are significantly behind hurling's big three of Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. Their six titles do however place them fifth in the overall winners list, jointly tied with Wexford.
Dublin have won the Leinster Championship on 24 occasions, the second most Leinster titles of any side, although they remain well behind Kilkenny, who have won the Leinster Championship 70 times.
Dublin have won the National Hurling League three times: in 1929, 1939 and 2011. This places them joint seventh (with Clare) on the overall winners list, having won 16 fewer titles than top-ranked Tipperary.http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/
Current hurling squad
Squad as per Dublin v Laois, 2018 National Hurling League, 11 March 2018
Main article: Fingal hurling team
In 2007, the GAA announced that a hurling team from Fingal (north county Dublin) would compete in parallel to the main Dublin team, to encourage hurling in an area of growing population where the game has not been strong. While players from Fingal are eligible for the main Dublin team, non-Fingal players cannot play for Fingal. The new team competed in the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2008, and the Kehoe Cup in 2009. They play in Division 3B National Hurling League.