Kings of football are no match for hospital's young foosball champ
the All-Ireland football champions have finally met their match.
Six-year-old Dylan Murphy, from Clondalkin, took on the Dubs in a game of foosball at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin and outscored star forward Bernard Brogan, less than 24 hours after he had helped lower Kerry's colours at Croke Park.
Children of all ages were draped in the blue and navy of Dublin and were delighted to meet their heroes as Sam Maguire was brought to the hospital yesterday.
They waved Dublin flags from the doors and windows as players and the over-sized trophy arrived just after noon.
"The kids were very excited all morning about the players coming in to see them - it's great to see them so happy," said Sorcha Curley, a volunteer in the playroom of the hospital.
"Something like this helps them forget about what's going on and allows them to have some fun."
The young patients wasted no time in getting acquainted with the champs who came to cheer them up.
Dylan, wearing a Dublin hat, was thrilled to have met the team and played foosball with them.
His dad, Barry, said his son was delighted with Sunday's win.
"It was great for them to win the final and it's great to see them in here for the kids," he told the Herald.
Dublin star Jonny Cooper said the visit highlighted the other side of life to the players.
"Being here really brings it home how privileged we are. It brings it right back down to reality after Sunday's highs. It's great being here and seeing all the kids so excited," the corner-back said.
Tom Mulherin (8), from Rathfarnham, was dressed in his finest Dublin jersey and was showing off the autographs he collected from a few of his heroes.
His mother, Karina, said the visit had "made his day and made his week".
The children were clearly delighted to be hanging out with the players.
"It makes such a difference having the team here," said Ms Mulherin.
Philly McMahon saw the benefit of the visit to players and children alike.
"It really drives home that we should take nothing for granted," said the corner-back.
"It's great to see the smiles on the faces and we're happy to be able to help and bring Sam Maguire here."
He went on to say how much the jersey means to him and the responsibilities that come with pulling it on.
"We know that when we pull on those jerseys we represent the whole county, and being here makes you re-focus and it puts life in perspective," he said.
The Dubs also paid a visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital on the northside where Jonny Cooper met eight-month-old James Carthy and his mum, Christina.
Bernard Brogan, Brian Fenton, Philly McMahon, Denis Bastick and Jack McCaffrey all sang happy birthday to Ava Finn, from Sligo, who turned three yesterday.
Meanwhile, Donegal fan Declan Meehan from Letterkenny got his hands on the Sam Maguire when Eric Lowndes gave him a go of holding the famous cup.