The Dublin hurlers are celebrating their first All-Ireland semi-final appearance in 60 years thanks to a big win over Limerick – as Galway manager John McIntyre considers his future after defeat to Waterford.
The Dubs will meet All-Ireland champions Tipperary in a mouth watering clash next month after their sensational victory over Limerick in Thurles.
Injured Dubs star Conal Keaney, recovering in hospital after a motorbike crash on Friday, sent a video message to his team-mates which was aired in the dressing-room before the big game.
The inspirational message had the desired effect as a hat-trick of goals from Tipperary born Ryan O’Dwyer helped Anthony Daly’s team to a famous four win over Limerick.
“Ryan was outstanding,” said a delighted Dublin manager Anthony Daly. “He stepped up to the plate in Conal’s absence. People were all telling us we couldn’t get goals but in fairness he was outstanding.
“But everybody played their part. Ryan wouldn’t have been through probably only for the boys that set him up a couple of times. It’s a team effort but he had a great game.”
Galway boss McIntyre meanwhile is to consider his future after his team’s All-Ireland ambitions ended with an embarrassing 10 point defeat to Waterford in the second quarter-final.
“I have another year to run with a review after this season. I’m realist - I can imagine some of the stuff that’s being said out there but what can I do? That’s the jungle and that’s the jungle I’m happy to live in,” McIntyre told the Irish Examiner.
“I’ll sit down and talk to the Galway hurling board and we’ll carry out a review. The bottom line is - whatever is in the best interests of Galway hurling, John McIntyre has no problem in accepting that.”
Waterford were a side transformed as they tore Galway apart just a fortnight after they were the subject of a 21 point mauling by Tipperary in the Munster final.
“It has been a difficult two weeks. There were a lot of things said and I suppose we deserved some of them,” said Deise boss Davy Fitzgerald.
“We had two weeks to make up for it and get back. We worked very hard and we didn’t do ourselves justice in the Munster final.
“I think today we showed we went out and showed what we were really about. I’m just delighted for the boys. It is nothing to do with me. It is the boys that went out on the field that played with heart and courage. Hats off to them.”
Waterford will now meet Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semis with Dublin to meet champions Tipperary in the other game.