its not gone from Development officers to travel. You said the accounts were freely available, which does not include for coaching staff. So do we want to compare costs of coaching staff or costs spent on teams? You mention one thing and when an answer is on it refer to something different.
Of course its not Dublins fault they live in the capital It also isnt their fault that they have the largest population base in the country. It isnt their fault that the majority of the nations jobs are in the capital. Nor is their fault that the majority if third level institutions are in the capital. Nor that the majority of major sporting infrastructure is there. Nor that the main GAA ground is there. None of that is their fault. However all of it is an advantage. How quantifiable or relevant it is is completely and totally subjective. Some say it is hugely advantageous, others say it is negligible.
No one has every claimed it is Dublins fault they have all this. But to completely and utterly ignore all the help that is there is also ridiculous.
As I have said, many times already, Dublin were way ahead in terms of development, particularly with their clubs. This in my opinion has had a huge knock on effect in terms of producing quality players and also for community development and an identity to bring back the culture of Dublin football to the areas. That has a lot to play too, kids want to be Dublin footballers. Dublin invested heavily in coaching development. They have the funds available to pay full time professional rates and compete against professional sports in paying for expertise.
Of course at the end of it all, its 15 v 15 on the same pitch. But when you have such a pool of depth with some of the best coaching available, its not exactly a level playing field. I dont buy into that this is a one off generation of brilliant Dublin team. This is a constantly evolving Dublin team that is replenishing year on year. Any other dominant team before had the same core of players through it, but Dublin, IMO, are actually improving and getting better, whilst the average age of their side is coming down. They have an exceptional team and an exceptional set up and without doubt the best team I’ve seen in my generation.
The point about Dublin players being late for training is ridiculous too. Players leaving Dublin for training in Dublin going through traffic, yet there are countless leaving Dublin travelling outside to get to their training’s too. I’m sure plenty of them are late too, not that I get what being late to a training has anything to do with travel costs on a county.