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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Being here really brings it home how privileged we are' - All-Ireland Champions Dublin visit Crumlin Children’s Hospital

The heroes of the Dublin team turned out in force to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin today to meet the brave boys and girls who are patients there.

Members of the Dublin team arrived shortly after 12 noon and were mobbed by their adoring young fans upon arriving with a Garda escort.

One of those lucky enough to meet their heroes was little Dylan Murphy (6) from Clondalkin who had the chance to play ‘foosball’ with some of his heroes.

Dylan, wearing a Dublin hat, got the best out of the boys in blue and was thrilled to have met the team.

Dylan’s father, Barry Murphy said his son was delighted with yesterdays win.

Dublin's Johnny Cooper gets a selfie taken pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Dublin's Johnny Cooper gets a selfie taken pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Donnacha Mannion (3) from Castlebar with Dublin's Bernard Brogan and Brian Fenton pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Donnacha Mannion (3) from Castlebar with Dublin manager, Jim Gavin pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
21/09/15 Donnacha Mannion (3) from Castlebar with Dublin's Bernard Brogan and Brian Fenton pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin Team... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Dublin fan, Dylan Murphy (6) and his dad, Barry Murphy from Clondalkin lift Sam Maguire pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Dubs fan, Dean Fallon (6) from Ballinasloe with Dublin's Johnny Cooper and Sam Maguire pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Dubs fan, Dean Fallon (6) from Ballinasloe and his parents, Joe and Siobhan with Dublin's Johnny Cooper and Sam Maguire pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Dublin fan and OLHSC patient, Dylan Murphy (6) from Clondalkin plays with members of the Dublin team pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Dublin fan and OLHSC patient, Dylan Murphy (6) from Clondalkin plays with members of the Dublin team pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Dublin fan and OLHSC patient, Dylan Murphy (6) from Clondalkin celebrates after beating Bernard Brogan and Brian Fenton
Dylan Murphy (6) from Clondalkin celebrates after beating Bernard Brogan and Brian Fenton
Dubs fan Abdul Hamed (14) left with Nicola Lyons and her Grandfather, Michael Lyoun pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin Team... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Members of the Dublin team celebrate with fans, staff and patients pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Members of the Dublin team celebrate with fans, staff and patients pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Members of the Dublin team celebrate with fans, staff and patients pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin this afternoon by the All Ireland winning Dublin team
Bernard Brogan with the Sam Maguire and fans pictured during a visit to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Fans wait to see the Dublin team from inside the hospital front door

“It was great for them to win yesterday and it’s great to see them in here for the kids.”

Dublin star, Jonny Cooper was pleased to be at the hospital with the team meeting the brave children.

“Being here really brings it home how privileged we are. It brings it right back down to reality after yesterday’s highs.”

Children got to pose with the famous cup, meet the team and play with their footballing heroes.

Philly McMahon, corner back for the Dubs, felt the visit was important both for the players and children.

“It really drives home that we take nothing for granted. It’s great to see the smiles on the faces and we’re happy to be able to help and bring Sam Maguire here.

Philly McMahon went on to say how much the blue shirt means to him.

“We know that when we pull on those jerseys we represent the whole county, and being here makes you to refocus and it puts life in perspective.”

All in all, the brave boys and girls were full of smiles and had an afternoon that they will never forget.

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