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The 2011 All Ireland Minor Hurling and Football Finals will hold a very special place in GAA history and in the history of Kilmacud Crokes. Our club didnt exist the last time Dublin won both titles, in 1954, and Crokes players this year have the extremely rare opportunity to make a proud and significant contribution to Dublin's efforts in both codes.
Our two hurling representatives on Sunday next are Oisin O'Rorke and Robert Murphy, both of whom are dual players with Crokes and with their school, Colaiste Eoin. Oisin featured in the 2008 National Foootball Feile winning team with David Campbell, one of this year's Dublin Minor footballers. Oisin and Robert won Dublin Feile hurling medals in 2008 before claiming Dublin Minor Hurling championship medals when Crokes beat Ballyboden last year.
Robert, while a member of the Dublin Minor panel this year still finds time, like Oisin, to play for Crokes football minors. Oisin has been Dublin's "impact sub" this year, coming on to telling effect to score in each round of the championship while Robert plays an important role in the panel. Both are just 17 and can look forward to continuing their development and playing Minor football and hurling next year with the Crokes and hopfefully with Dublin.
David Campbell has hurled for Crokes in the past but is now concentrating on football and is holding down a place in the highly contested forward line for Dessie Farrell's minors. Like Oisin and Robert, David has enjoyed success with Colaiste Eoin and with Crokes. David has featured at full forward, corner forward and half forward for Dublin and, like Robert and Oisin is young enough to look forward to playing Minor again next year.
Andy O'Malley is the most improved of our football representatives, emerging in the past year to be called into the Dublin Minor panel where he continues to make a significant contribution and is a serious challenger for a centrefield or full forward berth.
Paul Mannion is well known to Crokes football people having played all his football with Crokes and featured with David and Andy in reaching the semi final of last year's Dublin Minor championship versus eventual winners, Ballyboden. Paul has the distinction this year of winning the Leinster Schools' soccer title with St Benildus before being capped for the Republic of Ireland Schools. Paul returned from injury to score goals in the Leinster semi-final against Kildare and, after 27 seconds of the quarter-final against hotly-tipped Cork in Portlaoise.
Kilmacud Crokes is very proud of our five Minor representatives to whom we all wish the best of luck in their respective finals on Sunday next and on 18th of September. We know you will join with us in supporting our players in both codes which augurs well for the future of our club. While we hope our lads will return with winners' medals we know they will always cherish the memories that their appearance in each final will provide.
Our picture below shows, from left to right, at the back footballers David Campbell, Paul Mannion and Andy O'Malley; on left at front is Robert Murphy and on right Oisin O'Rorke.