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Friday 2 December 2016

All Ireland champions Dublin party the night and morning after away

Member of the Dublin GAA team Alan Brogan celebrates with fan Paddy Miskell in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Member of the Dublin GAA team Alan Brogan celebrates with fan Paddy Miskell in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Member of the Dublin GAA team Denis Bastick celebrates with fan Richie Larkin in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the Dublin GAA team Denis Bastick celebrates with Joanne O'Connor in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Dublin fans in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the Dublin GAA team Stephen Cluxton with Joanne O'Connor in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Dublin fans in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Dublin fans Christopher Harte, Zoe Harte 5 & David McGlue in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup
Dublin Footballer Paddy Andrews, with the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dublin fans in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pub owner Hugh Hourican with Dublin Footballers Paddy Andrews, left, Michael Darragh MacAuley, and Michael Fitzsimons, right, with the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin
Dublin Footballer Paddy Andrews and former Dublin footballer Senan Connell, pose with fans and the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Pub owner Hugh Hourican with the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin
Michael Darragh MacAuley taking a photo of Pub owner Hugh Hourican and his team-mates Paddy Andrews, left, and Michael Fitzsimons celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Dublin Footballer Michael Darragh MacAuley and his girlfriend Rosie Cooney, with fans and the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin
21 Sept 2015; Pub owner Hugh Hourican with Dublin Footballers Paddy Andrews, left, Michael Darragh MacAuley, and Michael Fitzsimons, right, with the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Paddy Andrews celebrating this morning in the Boar's Head
Dublin footballer Paddy Andrews with the Sam Maguire Cup, celebrating the morning after their All-Ireland victory over Kerry. Boar's Head, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Diarmuid Connolly and Ciara Chaney at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Denis and Jody Bastick at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Bernard Brogan and Kiera Doyle at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Philly Mc Mahon and Sarah Lacey at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Paddy Andrews and Doireann Gately at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Brian Fenton and Sarah Kelliher at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Dublin player Philly McMahon and Sarah Lacey at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin player Jonny Cooper and Saoirse McCann at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin player Bernard Brogan and Kiera Doyle at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin players Cormac Costello and Kevin O Brien at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin players Jack McCaffrey and Phiily McMahon with Sarah Lacey at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
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Dublin Player Emeet O Conghaile and Bevan Murphy at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin player Michael Darragh Macauley and his niece Rebecca Sheridan at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin player Michael Darragh MacAuley and Rosie Cooney at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin player Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Eric Lowndes and Caroline Glynn at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Dublin manager Jim Gavin and wife Jennifer Gavin at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel ,Dublin Picture Brian mcEvoy No Repro fee for one use
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Bernard and Pamela Dunne at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Danielle Byrne and Cian O'Sullivan at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Tammy Lynch and Davey Byrne at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Danielle Byrne and Cian O'Sullivan at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Johnny Cooper and Saoirse Mc Crann at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Alan and Lydia Brogan at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
James Mc Carthy and Clodagh O'Mahony at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Sarah and Darren Daly at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Stephen Cluxton and Joanne O'Connor at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel

There were scenes of joy on the streets of the capital this morning when the Sam Maguire Cup was paraded before bemused commuters and tourists.

The party went on all night for the Dubs, with the city’s heroes still grinning from ear to ear after victory in Croke Park.

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Capel Street was the place to be this morning, as The Boar’s Head once again became the watering hole for the winners.

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Captain Stephen Cluxton, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Michael Fitzsimons, and Paddy Andrews were all full of cheer as they posed for pics and selfies for the fans who had turned up to take part in the celebrations.

READ MORE: O'Connell Street party for heroic Dubs today

Everyone wanted to get their hands on Sam, and the team didn’t disappoint – sharing him around and cheering like he was an old pal who had been lost but found again.

Cars beeped horns, buses slowed down, and cyclists and pedestrians did double-takes as they made their way to work, many probably a bit the worse for wear after their own celebrations last night.

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Michael Darragh MacAuley told the Herald he had got a bit of sleep last night, but the focus for all the team was on celebrating the win.

Back in the Gibson Hotel, where the team dinner took place last night, members of Jim Gavin’s army were busy doing interviews and trying to get a much-needed breakfast in.

READ MORE: Famous faces turn up to cheer on the Boys in Blue

Gentlemen to the last, they were trying to please everyone ahead of their own needs.

Ciaran Kilkenny was limping, but smiling all the same.

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“The calf muscles are a bit tight. The conditions were unbelievable – it was very slippy, but a good game and a good battle,” he said.

Philly McMahon looked like he could run out and do it all again today if he had to.

READ MORE: Dubs' mascot Molly brings the team luck on the day

He said last night’s party was a good one and that it was good to see all his team-mates relax after a tough championship.

“It was all worth it when you wake up as an All-Ireland champion,” he said.

Then there was the cliams of an alleged eye-gouging incident on Kieran Donaghy.

“The conditions were poor and I was trying to get the ball, and Kieran Donaghy is not a small player and I was trying to get around him,” he said.

“The Kerry boys are humble and we like to think part of our game culture is humility.

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“We go to battle on the pitch and after the game we shake hands and that’s it until next year,” he added.

Spectacle

“We go to battle all the time and that’s why I love the sport.”

Separately, the celebrations were a little intense for one man in his 20s who decided to take a late night swim in the Liffey.

The alarm was raised at about 1am and emergency services were called. The uninjured man was removed from the water and was arrested under the Public Order Act.

Back at the Boar’s Head, the Sam Maguire was packed away ready for its next journey – to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

From here, the cup will make its way to schools and GAA clubs all over the capital.

The drought was long enough between 1995 and 2011, but after three wins in five years victory is as sweet as ever.

Last night the party got started  at The Gibson Hotel in Dublin as the county’s senior footballers celebrated winning their third All-Ireland title in five years.

The players were in high spirits as they arrived shortly after 7pm to rapturous applause from staff and a small contingent of loyal supporters.

After a brief chat with fans and a drinks reception, the players changed into their suits and dined in style with more than 400 family members, partners and friends.

Pride

Ice-cold bottles of beer on arrival and a free bar for the players ensured the celebrations kicked off in style.

Hotel manager Nick Logue pulled out all the stops to guarantee the team and their company were well looked after, with executive head chef Nicholas Wollard preparing smoked salmon and prawns, sirloin steak and a trio of desserts.

Dublin coach Jim Gavin told the Herald of his pride in the panel and spoke highly of the fans.

“Winning the Sam Maguire obviously means a lot for the team. We only ask that they go out and be the best they can be and that’s what they did, so I’m proud, to say the least,” he said.

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 Dublin fans in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup

“The support we had from the stands, even driving to Croke Park through Fairview, there were people lined up along the streets in their Dublin jerseys cheering us on,” he said.

“In the last 15 minutes of the game, when we were being asked questions by Kerry, I think our supporters carried us on and we are eternally grateful for that.

“It’s a great time in the players’ lives and we need to cherish the moment, so it’s going to be a good night.”

Young forward Cormac Costello described how the All-Ireland date was all the squad had been thinking about since last year’s semi-final exit at the hands and feet of  Donegal.

“It’s unbelievable – to win is something special,” he said. “The support also helped us big time. When you need a roar from the crowd they’re there to push you on,.

“I’m looking forward to just soaking it all in. I’ll take each moment as it comes and then go back to the clubs and take it from there.”

Proud siblings Ann-Marie and Aoibheann Flynn expressed their joy for their brother Paul as well as another family member who was on the winning Dublin panel.

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“We’re unbelievably proud, he’s our baby brother, and we’re over the moon,” said Ann-Marie.

“We’re equally proud because Darren Daly is our brother-in-law – it brings the whole family together and we’re just super-proud,” said Aoibheann.

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Sarah and Darren Daly at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel

It emerged last night that Clontarf man Jack McCaffrey nearly didn’t make the team after suffering a gastric bug for three days which left him on a drip for a 24 hours.

The Dublin wing back was inspirational, and former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey said he was amazed he made the starting 15.

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