Jonny Cooper claims DCU football was key to Dublin’s success

Conor Breslin

Jonny Cooper

Six-time All-Ireland winner Jonny Cooper claims that DCU GAA has played a key role in Dublin’s five in a row success.

The Na Fianna man recalls how DCU’s footballing success in the early 2010s played a huge role in the development of his career to become one of Jim Gavin’s most trusted lieutenant’s in the full back line.

“I can still recall an email from then DCU manager Niall Moyna. I was in sixth year at the time. He wrote to me saying he would help me out any way he could. I still admire that personal touch it had. I wasn’t probably the best academically so I always appreciate how much people like Niall Moyna and Declan Brennan helped me in my time at the University,” Cooper told The College View.

16 players on the Dublin panel were DCU students including Bernard Brogan, Philly McMahon, Evan Comerford, Sean Bugler and Jonny Cooper himself.

Cooper, who won an U21 All Ireland in 2010 didn’t get the immediate call into the Dublin senior panel, but on the back of that success along with two Sigerson Cup victories he knew there was something big to come.

“I suppose that success was the launch pad for me. I was playing with such great players at DCU, you learn from them and know if you want to compete and win at inter county or university you have to perform at the highest level,” said Cooper.

Cooper, who has played 6 All-Ireland finals in five different positions was sent off by referee David Gough in the first match against Kerry, leaving Dublin with 14 men for 40 minutes of the game.

“You can talk about fine margins but at the end of the day it was a red card. Hindsight is great thing because now you can say I probably should have been subbed off sooner but Jim placed his trust in me like he always does,” Cooper said.

Dublin went on to win a historic five All-Irelands in a row defeating Kerry in a replay by six points, leaving it up for debate whether they are the greatest team of all time?

“I don’t know; I suppose that’s up for the experts to decide on,” Cooper said.

Conor Breslin

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