Championship 2014: Dublin
Manager: Jim Gavin (2nd year).Titles: Leinster (holders); 24 All-Ireland (holders).2014 league: Lost two matches to finish 4th in Division One winners.Odds and Ends: All-Ireland evens and Leinster 1 to 7.Bookies say: Leinster and All-Ireland champions.What bookies said in 2013: Leinster and All-Ireland champions.2013 championship: Beat Meath in Leinster final 2-15 to 0-14, and Mayo in All-Ireland final 2-12 to 1-14.First outing: v Wicklow/Laois, 8th June.
Prior to their irresistible play-off displays, the approach to the league was lower-key and injury and club commitments allowed Jim Gavin an expansive selection policy. Ciaran Kilkenny’s loss can be offset by the return of Alan Brogan and Cormac Costello. Open-plan defensive policy at times a concern but they have a better choice of forwards, more extensive bench options and more gears than any of their rivals.
Last good day: Recently every day is a good day.