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Replying To MesAmis:  "
Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "[quote=CiarraiMick:  "[quote=Fionn:  "James is a super player - agreed. ;o)
And a really top guy off the pitch also.
If he does not get an All Star this year - there is something wrong...

As I have said many times - Dublin supporters are blessed that so many came along at the same time for the Dubs which enabled our success during this past decade, and and they have now inspired many younger guys to take up the baton.

And yes, when he plays for BK he is 100% committed also. Always is.
The club still means so much to them all, and they all remain very grounded and very modest despite their collective and individual honours. You see it in the club with the county guys helping all the club players there. To be honest it is the most grounded Dublin squad many have ever seen. No prima donna's or air and graces about them...!

Hopefully the split season will see The Mun win a few more DSFC - and as has been said many times - Dublin's successful seasons has led to a jaded BK team in the club championship, with so many of the guys being the backbone to the Dublin team for so long during this period.

To quote a kerryman - James is "A real superstar"... ;o)

Hopefully he doesn't step away for a good while yet...!"
James should and will get an all star i would think although with the alls stars one never knows and Yes James Jamsie Macker or just Mac is one of the true greats. Never met him but I've had a few pints with his Dad."
So James is the 2nd generation of Mackers from ballymun on the dublin team Mick? Was his father also called James?"]John McCarthy is James' Da. He was an excellent corner forward by all accounts.

3 All-Ireland's with the Dubs in 74, 76 and 77 afaik."]Sound Mes it was a bit before my time., did I hear a commentator say 1 time that James has Cork roots?

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12572 - 23/01/2021 16:24:20    2328653

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Yes James son of John Mccarthy a Garda based in Mountjoy for years. Played for both Na Fianna and Ballymun. Was sent off with Charlie Nelligan in 78 final but he asked ref not to send off Charlie. A good character is John.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 16:57:12    2328656

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "
Replying To MesAmis:  "[quote=KingdomBoy1:  "[quote=CiarraiMick:  "[quote=Fionn:  "James is a super player - agreed. ;o)
And a really top guy off the pitch also.
If he does not get an All Star this year - there is something wrong...

As I have said many times - Dublin supporters are blessed that so many came along at the same time for the Dubs which enabled our success during this past decade, and and they have now inspired many younger guys to take up the baton.

And yes, when he plays for BK he is 100% committed also. Always is.
The club still means so much to them all, and they all remain very grounded and very modest despite their collective and individual honours. You see it in the club with the county guys helping all the club players there. To be honest it is the most grounded Dublin squad many have ever seen. No prima donna's or air and graces about them...!

Hopefully the split season will see The Mun win a few more DSFC - and as has been said many times - Dublin's successful seasons has led to a jaded BK team in the club championship, with so many of the guys being the backbone to the Dublin team for so long during this period.

To quote a kerryman - James is "A real superstar"... ;o)

Hopefully he doesn't step away for a good while yet...!"
James should and will get an all star i would think although with the alls stars one never knows and Yes James Jamsie Macker or just Mac is one of the true greats. Never met him but I've had a few pints with his Dad."
So James is the 2nd generation of Mackers from ballymun on the dublin team Mick? Was his father also called James?"]John McCarthy is James' Da. He was an excellent corner forward by all accounts.

3 All-Ireland's with the Dubs in 74, 76 and 77 afaik."]Sound Mes it was a bit before my time., did I hear a commentator say 1 time that James has Cork roots?"]James s Dad John was Dublin born but his Dad a Corkman (James s Grandad)

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 16:58:16    2328657

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Keith Higgins gone now.. that's 6 from Mayo

Galwaymaster9 (Galway) - Posts: 310 - 23/01/2021 17:18:00    2328659

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Keith Higgins has called it a day. What a player he was. Just as good a hurler too. Seven Connacht titles and an NFL. A four time All Star proves how good he was. A shame he never got that All Ireland but he owes Mayo football nothing.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10532 - 23/01/2021 17:23:26    2328661

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "
Replying To MesAmis:  "[quote=KingdomBoy1:  "[quote=CiarraiMick:  "[quote=Fionn:  "James is a super player - agreed. ;o)
And a really top guy off the pitch also.
If he does not get an All Star this year - there is something wrong...

As I have said many times - Dublin supporters are blessed that so many came along at the same time for the Dubs which enabled our success during this past decade, and and they have now inspired many younger guys to take up the baton.

And yes, when he plays for BK he is 100% committed also. Always is.
The club still means so much to them all, and they all remain very grounded and very modest despite their collective and individual honours. You see it in the club with the county guys helping all the club players there. To be honest it is the most grounded Dublin squad many have ever seen. No prima donna's or air and graces about them...!

Hopefully the split season will see The Mun win a few more DSFC - and as has been said many times - Dublin's successful seasons has led to a jaded BK team in the club championship, with so many of the guys being the backbone to the Dublin team for so long during this period.

To quote a kerryman - James is "A real superstar"... ;o)

Hopefully he doesn't step away for a good while yet...!"
James should and will get an all star i would think although with the alls stars one never knows and Yes James Jamsie Macker or just Mac is one of the true greats. Never met him but I've had a few pints with his Dad."
So James is the 2nd generation of Mackers from ballymun on the dublin team Mick? Was his father also called James?"]John McCarthy is James' Da. He was an excellent corner forward by all accounts.

3 All-Ireland's with the Dubs in 74, 76 and 77 afaik."]Sound Mes it was a bit before my time., did I hear a commentator say 1 time that James has Cork roots?"]Grandfather I think was from Baile Bhuirne afaik.

Could be wrong but West Cork somewhere in anyways.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13272 - 23/01/2021 18:06:34    2328663

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Surely all these retirements mean Kerry are assured of next years All Ireland.
Big numbers retiring in Dublin and Mayo.
Surely Kerry can win one now.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1906 - 23/01/2021 18:10:28    2328664

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Replying To catch22:  "Surely all these retirements mean Kerry are assured of next years All Ireland.
Big numbers retiring in Dublin and Mayo.
Surely Kerry can win one now."
We had 2 retirements too but like Dublin's they were not guaranteed starters. None of Dublin's retirees were starters altho i would start Mannion myself. On Mayo only Clarke and Cathal Barrett Vere starters. On Keith Higgins I want to pay him my respect. Abrilliant versatile footballer.one of the best man markers in his day. Hope he enjoys his deserved retirement.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 18:25:30    2328665

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Keith Higgins has called it a day. What a player he was. Just as good a hurler too. Seven Connacht titles and an NFL. A four time All Star proves how good he was. A shame he never got that All Ireland but he owes Mayo football nothing."
Higgins was a fantastic footballer yewtree and 1 of the best defenders iv ever seen.

Best of luck to Keith in his retirement.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12572 - 23/01/2021 18:36:53    2328666

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Replying To Galway9801:  "
Replying To Fionn:  "And do you not realise that kerry folk think exactly this, and think that they could most likely be the only realistic threat to Dublin for the next couple of years...??

Their disingenuous posts about saving GAA by splitting Dublin, share out the Dublin sponsorship funding, stop GAA funding, keep them out of Croke Park etc etc - there is a method to their madness.... it is because they believe they will benefit most out of it... it is all self serving....!
They, the posters, ex players and pundits are being far from altruistic - believe me....!
It is the No.1 agenda of many of their posters on here - stir it up, and hope for a snowball effect....
Try for the sympathy vote and help save the poor kingdom... ;o)

Take Dublin out, and who will win 90% of the following All Ireland's...??? It certainly wont be Limerick or Meath....!
You don't need to be a rocket scientist.... And that guy you used to work with, will be back in the money... ;o)"
It's not just kerry people saying that Dublin should be split though,, lots are, even from counties who have no chance of ever winning sam.
For the record I'm deeply opposed to it,, even as a galwayman I can say that splitting Dublin would be a sporting tragedy for ireland (dunlin gaa, a full hill etc is a trademark of our sport,, even when ye were winning nothing lol) but I'm afraid the idea of splitting ye has snowballed anyway.
Still though I personally just don't see it happening."
You will see a United Ireland long before you see Dublin partitioned.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4598 - 23/01/2021 18:37:35    2328667

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Replying To catch22:  "Surely all these retirements mean Kerry are assured of next years All Ireland.
Big numbers retiring in Dublin and Mayo.
Surely Kerry can win one now."
Anyway Catch its not Dublin and Mayo the problem. We are only number 3 or 4 team in Munster and no retirements yet from Limerick Tipp or Cork.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 18:43:51    2328668

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Replying To MesAmis:  "
Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "[quote=MesAmis:  "[quote=KingdomBoy1:  "[quote=CiarraiMick:  "[quote=Fionn:  "James is a super player - agreed. ;o)
And a really top guy off the pitch also.
If he does not get an All Star this year - there is something wrong...

As I have said many times - Dublin supporters are blessed that so many came along at the same time for the Dubs which enabled our success during this past decade, and and they have now inspired many younger guys to take up the baton.

And yes, when he plays for BK he is 100% committed also. Always is.
The club still means so much to them all, and they all remain very grounded and very modest despite their collective and individual honours. You see it in the club with the county guys helping all the club players there. To be honest it is the most grounded Dublin squad many have ever seen. No prima donna's or air and graces about them...!

Hopefully the split season will see The Mun win a few more DSFC - and as has been said many times - Dublin's successful seasons has led to a jaded BK team in the club championship, with so many of the guys being the backbone to the Dublin team for so long during this period.

To quote a kerryman - James is "A real superstar"... ;o)

Hopefully he doesn't step away for a good while yet...!"
James should and will get an all star i would think although with the alls stars one never knows and Yes James Jamsie Macker or just Mac is one of the true greats. Never met him but I've had a few pints with his Dad."
So James is the 2nd generation of Mackers from ballymun on the dublin team Mick? Was his father also called James?"]John McCarthy is James' Da. He was an excellent corner forward by all accounts.

3 All-Ireland's with the Dubs in 74, 76 and 77 afaik."]Sound Mes it was a bit before my time., did I hear a commentator say 1 time that James has Cork roots?"]Grandfather I think was from Baile Bhuirne afaik.

Could be wrong but West Cork somewhere in anyways."]James's mother is an Offaly woman, from Clonbullogue.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 214 - 23/01/2021 18:48:31    2328669

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Anyway Catch its not Dublin and Mayo the problem. We are only number 3 or 4 team in Munster and no retirements yet from Limerick Tipp or Cork."
True Mick it's going to be terrible hard alright for Kerry to win another Munster title never mind an All Ireland. Hard aul station alright.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1906 - 23/01/2021 19:14:47    2328673

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Anyway Catch its not Dublin and Mayo the problem. We are only number 3 or 4 team in Munster and no retirements yet from Limerick Tipp or Cork."
Paul Kerrigan is gone from Cork Mick that might move us up to 3rd best team in Munster.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12572 - 23/01/2021 19:20:05    2328675

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Paul Kerrigan is gone from Cork Mick that might move us up to 3rd best team in Munster."
Oh I forgot. Great we on track so

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 20:13:19    2328679

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Replying To catch22:  "True Mick it's going to be terrible hard alright for Kerry to win another Munster title never mind an All Ireland. Hard aul station alright."
Ah we ll struggle on Cath and with a bit of luck who knows. With all Dublin's retirements I'd say Kildare and Meath favourites for Leinster now.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 20:16:24    2328680

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Here s a team of recent retirements I don't include Paul Mannion or Ian Burke as they just taking a year out. Team is 1.David Clarke(Mayo) 2.Shane Enright (Kerry) 3.Cathal Barratt (Mayo). 4.Keith Higgins(Mayo). 5.Gareth Bradshaw (Galway) 6.Donal
Vaughan (Mayo) 7.Jonathon Lyne (Kerry). 8..Seamus ó Shea(Mayo). 9.Tom Parsons (Mayo). 10.Sean Tobin (Meath). 11.Michael Dara McAuley (Dublin). 12.Graham Reilly (Meath). 13.Paddy Andrews(Dublin). 14.Donie Shine(Roscommon). 15.Paul Kerrigan (Cork). Manager Mickey Harte (Tyrone).

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1608 - 23/01/2021 20:28:10    2328682

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Wonderful player Keith Higgins, he will get the headlines for his football skill, but a great hurler to.

You don't see many defenders of his skills & competence these days, hard as as a bag of nails.

It's a pity players have to retire, but we're all the better for having seen them during the careers.

Enjoy the quiet life Keith.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3924 - 23/01/2021 20:49:00    2328684

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Ah we ll struggle on Cath and with a bit of luck who knows. With all Dublin's retirements I'd say Kildare and Meath favourites for Leinster now."
Micky Harte dislikes this! ;)

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3924 - 23/01/2021 20:54:23    2328686

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Replying To arock:  "
Replying To Galway9801:  "[quote=Fionn:  "And do you not realise that kerry folk think exactly this, and think that they could most likely be the only realistic threat to Dublin for the next couple of years...??

Their disingenuous posts about saving GAA by splitting Dublin, share out the Dublin sponsorship funding, stop GAA funding, keep them out of Croke Park etc etc - there is a method to their madness.... it is because they believe they will benefit most out of it... it is all self serving....!
They, the posters, ex players and pundits are being far from altruistic - believe me....!
It is the No.1 agenda of many of their posters on here - stir it up, and hope for a snowball effect....
Try for the sympathy vote and help save the poor kingdom... ;o)

Take Dublin out, and who will win 90% of the following All Ireland's...??? It certainly wont be Limerick or Meath....!
You don't need to be a rocket scientist.... And that guy you used to work with, will be back in the money... ;o)"
It's not just kerry people saying that Dublin should be split though,, lots are, even from counties who have no chance of ever winning sam.
For the record I'm deeply opposed to it,, even as a galwayman I can say that splitting Dublin would be a sporting tragedy for ireland (dunlin gaa, a full hill etc is a trademark of our sport,, even when ye were winning nothing lol) but I'm afraid the idea of splitting ye has snowballed anyway.
Still though I personally just don't see it happening."
You will see a United Ireland long before you see Dublin partitioned."]ten to fifteen years for both?

ONdeDITCH (Limerick) - Posts: 671 - 23/01/2021 21:15:07    2328689

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