Loyal supporters brave rain to cheer on Dublin heroes at captain's club
Thousands of soaked supporters welcomed the Dublin team to their captain's club in Coolock last night.
Parnells GAA club was bedecked in banners proudly declaring the victorious skipper Stephen Cluxton as their most illustrious member.
A mighty roar from the crowd greeted the homecoming hero as he emerged from the bus with the trophy held high.
The team was led onto the stage by team manager Jim Galvin, who saluted the supporters' loyalty.
"I'm surprised to see so many people here in this pouring rain," he said.
"Our supporters have been fantastic and we want to thank you so much for your brilliant support."
The Dublin stars joined hands on the stage as the crowd roared three cheers for the All-Ireland victors.
Club chairwoman Suzanne Hannon told the Herald that her club was hugely proud.
Luke Sullivan and Sean O'Neill from Coolock at Parnells
"What [Cluxton] and the team achieved will encourage the next generation to achieve more success in the years ahead," she said.
Fans had been milling around the club grounds all evening as they waited for their heroes to arrive.
Joe Ecock (79) was standing in the rain last night with his wife Carmel, daughter Deirdre, and grandchildren.
"We don't mind getting wet again after all the team did for us," said Deirdre.
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