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.”
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.