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Dublin have big final say before new U20 series

 

By John Campbell

The curtain has come down on the All-Ireland U21 Football Championship with Dublin proving the last winners of the competition.

They beat Galway by 2-13 to 2-7 in the final at the weekend and thus earned a place in the history-books as the competition will be replaced by a new U20 series from next year.

In becoming the last U21 kingpins, Dublin laid down a significant marker that they have a rich layer of talent at this level just waiting to be sprung on the senior arena.

Against Galway, Con O'Callaghan and Aaron Byrne, regarded as two of the brightest prospects in the country, Dublin were again in top form as their team finishing strongly.

Donegal won this year's Ulster U21 crown and so become the last winners of the provincial competition.

Meanwhile, Tyrone's triple All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte has expressed his delight at having been honoured by the Open University.

He was made a Doctor of the Open University at Croke Park "for his exceptional contribution to education and culture."

Afterwards he said: "I was delighted to be nominated for such a prestigious award."

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