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Saturday 3 December 2016

Four generations of blue fans to line out in Croke Park today

Four generations of the Langan family from Naomh Fionnbarra Gaa club, Cabra pictured ahead of the All-Ireland football final against Mayo. Pictures from left. Orla, Mollie Og (5) Shane, Lillie (5) and Eilish Langan.
Four generations of the Langan family from Naomh Fionnbarra Gaa club, Cabra pictured ahead of the All-Ireland football final against Mayo. Pictures from left. Orla, Mollie Og (5) Shane, Lillie (5) and Eilish Langan.
Dublin fans

They may not be the only Dublin family in Croke Park today, but not many can boast four generations of Boys in Blue fans.

Eilish Langan (73) will be on hand to cheer on Dublin in Croke Park today with her daughter Orla (47), her grandsons Keith and Shane and her great-granddaughters Mollie and Lily (5).

They are confident that Dublin will win the replay after their draw with Mayo two weeks ago.

"Last week I was a bit nervous but I think I'll be more confident today. Dublin can only play better than they did last time and I think Mayo played as good as they can," Eilish told the Herald.

Eilish has been at every All-Ireland final that Dublin has played in since she attended her first in 1955 when they went up against Kerry. Even though Dublin lost that day when Eilish was just 12 years old, she has never lost her passion for it. When she had children of her own, she was determined that they would have the same love for the GAA that she had.

"Once they went to school and they were old enough to play, they were playing. My daughter played camogie and my two sons played hurling and Gaelic. It went on to the grandchildren then as well."

The family has strong links to the GAA in the local community too. Eilish's father was one of the founders of their local club in Cabra. Eilish was secretary of the club for 25 years and retired two years ago.

"I could say I was born into it to be honest," Eilish says. "I had five brothers who all played GAA. They played hurling mostly."

Eilish also played camogie for years, and only stopped when she was around 40 years old.

The All-Ireland final falls on the same day as the Cabra woman's 50th wedding anniversary. However her priorities are clear.

"The match comes first. No contest at all there," she laughed.

She now hopes her great-granddaughters will continue the tradition and become passionate GAA followers too. Mollie and Lily, who are both five, will also be at today's match.

"I hope the little girls will get as much out of it as I have from my life," Eilish says. "I would have been brought into it myself at that age. I would love that now for them."

Shane's partner Chelsea said Eilish "just has it bred into them."

"They're very passionate about the GAA," she said. "They're all going to the match tomorrow," she said.

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