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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Consolation in the Kingdom as minors feel the force in triumph

20 September 2015; Mark O'Connor, Kerry, lifts the cup. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin.
20 September 2015; Mark O'Connor, Kerry, lifts the cup. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin.

SUPPORT from Luke Skywalker and a comprehensive win by the minors, but it still wasn't going to be Kerry's day in the All-Ireland senior football final.

Ahead of throw-in before the senior game, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill showed his support for the team.

"The force is with Kerry!" he said. "Yerra go wan Kerry!"

Hamill recently returned to the US from a stint in the Kingdom, where he was reprising his Luke Skywalker role in Star Wars: Episode VIII on Skellig Michael.

"Congrats to Dublin on their All-Ireland victory!" he wrote on Twitter afterwards.

"Well done lads. Proud of both teams."

In Paul Geaney's pub on Main Street, Dingle, it was a very different scene to last year, when the Kerry star opened the scoring with a goal.

However, there was consolation as Kerry beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland minor decider and the Man of the Match accolade went to local man Mark O'Connor.

Among the broken hearts in a sea of green and gold were two happy Dubs, Will and Jackie Kavanagh, who had found the only Dublin publican in Dingle, at An Chonair on the Spa Road.

Coolock native Will explained how he ended up in Kerry on All-Ireland final day.

"I came away for the weekend with the woman, so we decided to find a pub to watch it in," he told the Herald.

One happy man was Dubs supporter John Carolan, who graciously accepted the congratulations from the locals.

Allegiance

Walkinstown native John is a true blue, with parentage in the Liberties and Inchicore, and despite 13 years in the Kingdom nobody was in any doubt over where his allegiance lies.

On the day of the Munster final, the board outside his pub proclaimed: 'Cork Culchies Vs Kerry Culchies, who cares, up the Dubs!'

"I've bragging rights for the next six months at least. I'll be showing the replay, nightly, on our big screen for the next week," said John.

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