Dublin's Muireann Kelleher feels there is a greater belief in the senior camogie squad following the appointment of a new management team, headed by Adrian O'Sullivan.
O'Sullivan’s appointment is an astute one.
Silverware has been a constant companion in the Limerick man’s coaching journey. He is the current manager of the UL Ashbourne Cup team with whom he has won successive titles in 2019 and 2020.
As part of Joe Quaid’s set-up with the Limerick camogie side, he helped develop the minor team to a first ever All-Ireland Minor 'A' win in 2014. Later that year, he coached the county’s intermediate side to All-Ireland glory also.
O’Sullivan also had a role with the successful Kilkenny camogie side who won the intermediate championship in 2016.
So far this year, Dublin survived a relegation play-off to preserve their top-flight league status. Their opening match in the All-Ireland championship saw them fall to defeat against Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn in what was a boiling hot day on Leeside.
Speaking at an AIG Dublin GAA event to celebrate the 2021 All-Ireland Championships, the St Vincent's player is seeing progress under the new management ticket.
"We have new management this year who are going to be with us for the next three years and that will be important for our progress," she said.
"I don't feel we are far off it. Kilkenny, Cork, Galway and Tipperary are the teams that we have to get closer to.
"The management have come with a real positive attitude - the camp and the environment in which we train has been brilliant.
"We have a belief in ourselves again. The belief might have been lacking in the last couple of years. Going on the league campaign and even last weekend's defeat I feel like we are progressing."
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Kelleher also gave a fuller insight into the life of an inter-county player when talking about the analysis that follows a game.
"We would watch all our games back," she added.
"We pick out clips that we want to highlight ourselves, clips where we feel we need to improve. We do that for all of our games. It takes up time but we want to do it. We do it because we want to improve.
"Against Cork we reviewed the game and took notes of the things we can improve on - but we have also looked at things we were happy with, focusing on the principles to help us reach the targets we set for ourselves at the start of the year.
"Cork play a running game, we let them run at us, and maybe we gave them too much respect."
Dublin take on Waterford in their second game in Group 2 of the All-Ireland senior camogie championship at Parnell Park on Saturday next, throw-in, 5pm.