SO then, Dublin have become just the third team in history to win four All-Ireland SFC titles in-a-row. Not only that, they have won six of the last eight All-Irelands with their domination showing no real sign of ending. Where do you look for answers as to how has this happened? Dublin have received €16.6m in coaching/development grant funding from Croke Park since 2007. The closest to this is Cork, who have received just over €1m, with Tyrone receiving €560,000 in funding. The facts are that this is an imperfect system, an unequal one and completely unfair on every other county outside Dublin. This is not Dublin’s fault, by the way, and in no way should this team or Jim Gavin be held accountable for the effectiveness of a county board to manage Croke Park’s financial gifts so efficiently. As Dublin’s four new players introduced into the team for 2018 last Sunday are testament to, this funding has been well spent. Player after player is coming off Dublin’s conveyor belt of talent. Unlike counties like Tyrone, Down and Kerry, these lads are being introduced at a young age, into a brilliant team with multiple All-Ireland winners. Dublin players are being… Read full this story
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