Dublin kids do not put as many hours into hurling as kids in other hurling counties. There are a number of reasons. In some primary schools in Kilkenny they hurl at lunchtime...on the yard! In Dublin no school would allow that. I'm not saying teachers don't coach at lunch time. I was one and I did, but it's not the same as hurling being the religion of the school. In rural areas there is a tradition of 'going down to the field'. In Dublin, everything has to be organised. Other counties have hurling only and football only schools and clubs. Very little of this in Dublin. Then throw in football. Every second that a Dublin kids spends on the slow, big ball game- all over the hurling counties, kids are spending those seconds at a hurling wall. The ten thousand hours needed to truly master a skill, become five thousand in Dublin. Five thousand might make you a back. It won't make you a forward. The likes of Ciaran Kilkenny are the exceptions that proved the rule.