Dubs fan Natalie has permanent reminder of her summer of glory
IT was the end of a 16-year All-Ireland drought when the Dubs lifted Sam following the unforgettable summer of 2011 for fans of the Blues.
None more so than Natalie Peavoy, who did not miss a match, home or away, throughout the whole year.
Such was the 23-year-old's belief that her team was going to win at Croke Park that she got her shoulder tattooed with the Dublin crest at the start of that year.
"Everybody thought I was absolutely mad but I just had a feeling that this would be our year and I wanted to do something to prove it," she said.
"I went to the games with my boyfriend, Ciaran, and whenever it was a home match we would always stand on Hill 16 as the atmosphere would just be electric."
Natalie, who is from Finglas, was so dedicated to the footballers that she booked her holiday to Salou around the championship schedule.
"Although the weather we had that summer was nowhere as good as it was last year, from what I can remember it always seemed to be sunny on match day," she said.
"During the league, when it was colder, my boyfriend and I would just head home after the match, but in the warmer summer evenings we would go out for a few drinks after to our local and that became a little tradition for us."
Undoubtedly, Natalie's favourite memories of that summer were from All- Ireland final day when Dublin beat Kerry 1-12 to 1-11 in a thrilling encounter on September 22.
After lifting the cup, then-captain Bryan Cullen famously roared "See ya in Coppers", referring to the famous Harcourt Street night spot.
And the team made an appearance before thousands of fans in Merrion Square the following night.
Although Natalie decided not to get another tattoo this year, she said she was hopeful that her team would be in with a fighting chance of lifting the Sam Maguire again.
"I was gutted that Dublin couldn't do the double in 2012, but I think we have been playing great this year so far, so you never know come September," she said.