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Thursday 8 December 2016

O'Connell Street party for heroic Dubs today

Dublin Fans Caroline Murray & Eva Doyle heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin
Dublin Fans Caroline Murray & Eva Doyle heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern with a Kerry fan before heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin
Dublin Fans Shane Peppard with his son Clayton & Jamie Doyle heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry
Kerry Fans heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin
Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin
Kerry Fans Lisa OShea,Emma Dennchy and Orla Dennchy heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park

Dublin's loyal supporters will get the chance to celebrate with the boys in blue later today after the Dubs dethroned former champions Kerry at Croke Park yesterday.

The newly-crowned All-Ireland champions will have their homecoming on Dublin's O'Connell Street at 7.15pm this evening.

Players will greet fans before taking to a stage erected just south of the Spire. The pride of the city will show off the Sam Maguire cup to the home town crowd.

The Dubs overcame Longford, Kildare, Westmeath, Fermanagh and Mayo en route to their victory yesterday.

Access to the city centre will be restricted to O'Connell Street Lower, Middle Abbey Street and Lower Abbey Street as the celebrations get underway.

There will be no public access to the event from O'Connell Street Upper or from any other side streets off O'Connell Street from 6pm this evening. The event is being hosted by the Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Dublin City Council.

The event is expected to attract hundreds of ecstatic supporter who will celebrate the historic win and congratulate the boys in blue, their backroom staff and the Dublin County Board.

The Leinster and All-Ireland Champions made it three in a row against the Kingdom after their win yesterday.

The game was marred by difficult conditions that required the floodlights to be turned on during the second half.

Dermot Bolger: Page 14

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