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Doolan warns of the Tir Chonaill threat

06 December 2012
Dr. Crokes' defender Shane Doolan has warned his fellow players that Tir Chonaill Gaels will be no pushover when the Munster Champions travel to Ruislip on Sunday week.

The 26-year-old, who replaced the injured Eoin Brosnan in the provincial final win over Castlehaven at Pairc Ui Chaoimh last Sunday, played a full season for the Kingdom Kerry Gaels side in London before returning to Kerry in August of this year.

Doolan was also on the London side which defeated Fermanagh in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers in 2011 and this week he paid special tribute to Tir Chonaill Gaels' coach Kevin Downes who is also involved with the county side.

"It was great for me to work with Paul Coggins and Kevin Downes. I reckon Downes is one of the best coaches in the game anywhere. He reads the game so well and his drills are top notch. From my time with London I know he'll have the TCG boys primed for the clash with us next week" Doolan told Graham Clifford in the Irish Independent's weekly London GAA supplement.

The Dr.Crokes management duo of Vince Casey and Noel O'Leary have been quizzing Doolan about the challenge they face in London.

"I've been filling them in but the lads will have their homework well done, you can be sure of that. We know how hard it's going to be. This is a big year for TCG with the 50th anniversary and they ran up big scores along the way to winning the county title in London.

The likes of Eoin O'Neill, Mark Gottsche and John McGrath can cause us problems and the pitch may be a big factor. Last Sunday the turf at Pairc Ui Chaoimh was immaculate - I've been telling the younger lads on the side to expect the complete opposite in London" said Doolan.


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