Dublin heroes take the All Ireland party to streets
“ThE Sam Maguire is home after a short holiday in Kerry,” the MC, RTE’s Des Cahill, proclaimed to thousands of jubilant football fans crowded onto O’Connell Street to hail the Dubs’ All-Ireland triumph.
The supporters were in high voice throughout the event regaling their heroes with ‘Championes’ and ‘Come on you Boys in Blue’.
They weren’t the only ones to break into song as players Dean Rock and Kevin
McManamon performed for the crowd in return.
Cahill introduced the team to deafening roars shortly after 7:30pm.
The Dublin GAA Football Team Celebrations at O'Connell St last night.
The backroom staff of physiotherapists and doctors were introduced to the crowd as well as former player Jason Sherlock, who now works with the panel’s forward line.
“It’s taken me 20 years to get onto this stage, but it’s great to see the consistency in guys who love playing for Dublin and the supporters,” Sherlock said.
It is the first time the Sam Maguire trophy has been paraded on the northside this millennium, after the 2011 and 2013 homecomings were held on Merrion Square.
The Sam Maguire wasn’t the only trophy brought to the stage, with the O’Byrne Cup, the National League title and the Michael Delaney Leinster Championship also on display.
Dublin forward Dean Rock was chosen to perform a song, and belted out 500 Miles, by The Proclaimers, to the delight of the crowd – albeit with a somewhat hoarse voice.
The stalwart music performer of the team Kevin McManamon was up next, and delivered a superb version of Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, with the help of Ann Grimes, who became a viral hit with her Ah Here, Leave it Out video.
Corner-back Philly McMahon joked that he was “the sober one looking after all the lads”, while thanking the fans for their “amazing” support during the year.
The crowd were also treated to an anecdote from Cahill, where he described how two Dublin players stopped off for an enormous lunch after visiting Crumlin Children’s Hospital earlier in the day.
“Philly McMahon and Johnny Cooper stopped off and got 19 burgers and chips after visiting the hospital,” Cahill said, before adding “and they ate them on the side of the road”.
A Dublin fan pictured at The Dublin GAA footbal celebrations at O'Connell St last night.
The Sunday Game player of the Year, Jack McCaffrey, who was ill and on a drip three days prior to the final, played down the illness as him simply being “a bit under the weather”.
However, McCaffrey admitted he missed the last five minutes of the game as he had to “run off to get sick”.
Sunday’s Man of the Match Brian Fenton described how he was “living the dream”, while Alan Brogan reacted to the crowd’s chants of “one more year” by replying “I’ll enjoy this win for now”.
Manager Jim Gavin thanked the Dublin fans for their continued support during the season, describing the noise from
the hill during the final as being “electrifying”.
“We had extraordinary support all season from the first game, to the away days in Cork, and it peaked during the replay (against Mayo).
“The boys certainly felt the electricity coming from the hill, and it certainly spurred us on,” Gavin said.
Paul Flynn rounded off the homecoming celebrations.
“Listen, any time we bring Sam back it’s fantastic, and this year to bring it back to O’Connell Street is a special occasion, and for all you people to come out here in numbers on a Monday evening is brilliant. So thanks for the support, and let’s win it again next year,” Flynn said.
The team, along with the Sam Maguire trophy, then made its way to Coolock, the home of captain Stephen Cluxton’s club Parnell’s, where the celebrations continued.
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