The mindset in Dublin hurling is what is holding them back from sitting at the top table in the game, the county's Director of Coaching and Games Development Gerard O'Connor told RTÉ's Sunday Sport.

While the footballers won a sixth All-Ireland title in a row last month, to go with their 16 Leinster titles this century, the hurlers have failed to stay in the real elite bracket in the game.

The Dubs haven't won an All-Ireland title since 1938.

But investment in developing the small ball game in the capital has seen improvements in the county team, which led to them claiming an Allianz League title in 2011, and then two years later claiming a first Leinster title since 1961.

Gerard O'Connor

The momentum has dissipated somewhat since then, with the team reaching just one provincial final since, as well as two All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2014 and 2015.

The 2010s, which started with a championship exit at the hands of Antrim, ended with a shock defeat to Laois in the preliminary quarter-final.

2020 saw the Blues avenge that defeat to the O'Moore men, before losses to Kilkenny and Cork ended their year.

Arguably Dublin are the worst of the best in Leinster, having registered one championship win over Kilkenny since 1942, and lost three of their last four championship games against Galway

Wexford meanwhile have had an Indian sign over the Dubs since Davy Fitzgerald's arrival, having not been beaten since the Clare man took over in the south-east in October 2016.

While the Dublin footballers have always chosen so-called 'native' managers to look after their teams, the hurlers have gone outside the county to attempt to find success, with the likes of Anthony Daly, Ger Cunningham, and current boss Mattie Kenny having spells at the helm.

Dublin hurling manager, and Galway-native, Mattie Kenny

But none have been able to replicate the success seen in the bigger ball game, where Dublin have dominated for the last decade nationally, and in Leinster, for the last 20 years.

"It's a good question, but it's a difficult one to answer," O'Connor says when asked why the hurlers from the capital haven't made the same strides that their footballing counterparts have.

"The standard, in terms of underage right up, is on a par with any other county. If you look at any of the underage teams, any of the Dublin teams can perform equally as well against any other clubs in the rest of the country.

"So the skill level is there, the standard is there; I just think it's a mindset more than anything else.

"I still think there's an inferiority there about getting over the line for winning an All-Ireland at underage level or under-20 level.

"I think if that happens it might be a different story. There needs to be a bit of success there for that."

In a wide ranging interview, O'Connor went on to defend funding that has gone into Gaelic games in the capital, but he conceded that it would be "fair" if other counties were given some more resources in the future.

"I think the money was invested well," he began.

"Whether more needs to be invested in other parts - that's a different scenario, and I think more should be invested in other counties for them to benefit as well.

"I think that would be fair.

"For getting access to schools, and for having the level of organisation [needed] we did need people on a full-time basis.

"It's very difficult for volunteers to be able to go into schools. We had a professional coach who was highly trained, well organised, and having the credibility of the schools.

"That should be afforded to every child in the country, not just to children in Dublin."