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Saturday 3 December 2016

Famous faces turn up to cheer on the Boys in Blue

Nicky Byrne pictured at All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park Dublin
Nicky Byrne pictured at All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park Dublin
Laurence Kinlan pictured at All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park Dublin this afternoon. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
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 today
J. P. McManus before heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Cecelia Ahern heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Independent TDMichael Healy-Rae heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams with Kerry fans heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Micheal Martin and daughter Ava Martin heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Marty Morrisey with Barnie Rock. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Mick Dwyer & Arthur French. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Jimmy McGee pictured at All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park Dublin this afternoon
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Mick Galwey & John Keane & his son, Johnny Keane. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Lawrence Kinlan with actor, Shane Lowry & his fiancee are behind them... Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Michael Lowry TD. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Peter Aiken & Mick Devine. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Cecelia Ahern & David Keoghan. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Sunday 20.9.15, CR PK, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured @ The GAA football final between Dublin & Kerry were L to r: Gerry Breen & Richard Bruton. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen before heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today
Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave heading to see the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, at Croke Park, Dublin today

Famous faces flocked to Croker yesterday to cheer on the Dublin heroes.

2FM’s Nicky Byrne, author Cecelia Ahern, Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan and Health Minister Leo Varadkar were all cheering the Boys in Blue on to victory in the rain. 

It was tense viewing for Tanaiste Joan Burton.

“My heart nearly stopped I was so nervous about it, but I think the better team won. The conditions were incredibly difficult,” she told the Herald.

“I’m delighted for the game in Dublin. Given the rain and how slippery it was, both teams were great but I’m just delighted Dublin came out on top.”

Result

West Kerry native Daithi O’Se was unimpressed with the result.

“I think Dublin were better today and you can’t make excuses,” he said.

Prime Time host Miriam O’Callaghan said the result was bitter-sweet. “I am thrilled for Dublin,” she said. “But I do feel a bit guilty as my father was a proud Kerryman who never missed his county’s games in Croke Park.

“But on the day, the best team won and I am over the moon for Dublin.”

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, a loyal Dubs supporter, watched the game with his daughter Cecelia  and son-in-law Nicky Byrne.

Bertie happily posed for a number of selfies with Dublin and Kerry fans outside the stadium before the match.

Avid Dublin fan Leo Varadkar was flying high after the game but admitted it wasn’t the most enjoyable spectacle.

“It’s great to have the Sam Maguire back in Dublin. It wasn’t the most exciting game but it was a great result and great for the city,” he said. Cork man and Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin was quick to praise the new champions.

“It was a very absorbing game from start-to-finish and I think the best team won.

“It takes a very good team to beat Kerry in an All-Ireland final, but I think that from the beginning of the season there was a look about this Dublin team that they would do it,” he said.

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