Down legend Greg Blaney, an All-Ireland winner in 1991 and 1994, currently has his sights set on success in a different sphere.
The busy dental surgeon is certainly getting his teeth into his role as manager of the progressive St Brigid’s club side in south Belfast and their shock 3-10 to 1-7 victory over St Paul’s at the weekend has sparked optimism that they could yet end St Gall’s dominance of the county championship.
Blaney, the playmaker in a Down side that carved out a special niche in GAA history through their double All-Ireland coup, and his assistant Eunan Conway are keeping their feet on the ground.
The St Brigid’s club was only founded in 1998, but has made phenomenal strides.
The current line-up is a mix of youth and experience, but Conway acknowledges that more work requires to be done if the county title is to be lifted.
“When you look at the calibre of the St Gall’s side it is not hard to see why they have won so many county titles in recent years,” said Conway.
“They have a number of players with vast experience of inter-county football and they have considerable strength in depth. These are attributes destined to cushion any team in its bid to stay at the top.”
Conway believes that St Brigid’s themselves possess a rich seam of talent that could flourish as the county championship unfolds.
“We feel we have some very good players and the likes of James Loughrey, Darragh Edwards, Ronan McGrady, Collie Moane and others can hold their own with the best,” said Conway.