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Colm O'Rourke Wants Dublin Split Into "Two Or Three Teams At Adult Level"

Colm O'Rourke Wants Dublin Split Into "Two Or Three Teams At Adult Level"

The dominance of Dublin's footballers does not look like ending anytime soon.

Jim Gavin's side reached their fifth final in the last seven years after a comfortable 12-point win over Tyrone. The team are looking to complete the first three-in-a-row since the Kerry team of 1984-86.

Speaking on The Sunday Game's Facebook broadcast after the win, Colm O'Rourke said it's time to start looking at splitting up Dublin for the sake of the game.

The future of the GAA cannot be one team in Dublin, with 1.25 or 1.3million, a third of the country's population.

The health of the game in Dublin would be better served by two or three teams at adult level. It would give far more players at underage level to give players the chance to play for Dublin which is what they want.

Thousands and thousands of young players never get the opportunity to play in Croke Park, which they're being denied because they only have one team....

What's the thing that most young fellas want to do? They want to play with their county in Croke Park. The vast majority are denied that opportunity because there is so many young fellas here.

O'Rourke's view seems to more about the holistic future of the sport for youngsters, and Joe Brolly was in agreement with the Meathman's idea.

The Strategic Review Committee in 2000 recommended that serious consideration must be given to splitting Dublin. The GAA is about participation...

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The chances of Dublin being split in the foreseeable future looks very slim. Could we see Dublin's players split in Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown in the near future? It looks unlikely.

From a holistic point of view, O'Rourke's plan does make sense. With the population that is a multiple of most counties, players from Dublin will never be given the chance to don their county jersey. They would be good enough to star for sides with significantly smaller populations.

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Daniel Kelly

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