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Monday 23 October 2017

'They deserve it' - fans' delight as Ballyboden win first All-Ireland

Eva Meenaghan, Niamh Basquel, Sarah Gallagher and Shona Giles
Eva Meenaghan, Niamh Basquel, Sarah Gallagher and Shona Giles

Paddy's Day 2016 will be one to remember for Ballyboden St Enda's following the club's immense victory over Castlebar St Mitchells.

Fans watched in delight as the team romped home to their first All-Ireland Club Championship victory.

The Hogan Stand was awash with celebrating fans dressed head-to-toe in blue - with some shamrocks thrown in for good measure.

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The largest sporting club in Ireland, Boden can now officially call themselves the best football club, too, after their 2-14 to 0-7 win.

Colm Basquel was first with a goal for the Knocklyon side, and Andrew Kerin fired home a penalty in the 15th minute of the game.

The win was particularly special for Kerin whose wife Lynn was cheering on from the stands along with their six-day-old daughter Eva and two-year-old son Tom.

Corner-back Bob Dwan was a well-deserved Man of the Match.

Anna O'Connor (22) was in the stands to watch her brother, Stephen, play his part in the historic win.

"We've been to all of the matches this season," his sister told the Herald.

Rathfarnham sisters Claire and Emily Keegan said the side deserved the win. "It's fantastic, we've been supporting them all the way," she said.

Meanwhile, the celebrations at Ballyboden St Enda's continued into the early hours of the morning.

"The win means so much because Ballyboden in our community is a big, big deal," said Mark Ibbotson. "There's 20,000 members, 70-odd teams … the whole town will be celebrating this."

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