He interviewed for the position and from what i gather was highly impressive and ran Duffy close, Duffy was involved in a lot of Croke park committees and was seen as the safe choice but alot of people speak very highly of pat gilroy’s organistaional and management skills.
I’ll happy at least DCB have made an appointment and I wish Pat Gilroy and his team all the best for the future.Its going to be a struggle and a long road to put the county somewhere close to where we were before the last three year farce.
Gilroy will have a lot of challenges including “hurling people” ridiculing him and his background. The safe appointment would have been Mattie Kenny, has hurling pedigree and track record, but for me it would have left the status quo between footbal and hurling in place. Try as he might i still believe Mattie Kenny would have lost out on the best hurling talent going to football. Gilroy give a status and the voice of a Dublin GAA person convincing fellas that Dublin can be a tier one hurling county.
Gilroy’s honesty with the footballers after the 2009 kerry defeat was something to behold, open trials were held where every adult club were invited put lads forward, the early morning sessions that removed the ego and big time charlies from the football panel was a revolution in itself. His fingerprints are still all over the current dublin football team with hard work and humility being the foundations of what they achieved.
If Dublin can harness some of the great underage potential allied with brining back some experience the only way will be up. Maybe in three years time we may not have silverware but i firmly believe we will be in a better place than we are now. Regardless of misgivings or club affilitations, Gilroy is one of our own and will hopefully bring good times back to Dublin Hurling.