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Friday 2 December 2016

Fans flock to Parnell Park to meet Dubs heroes

Wednesday 09 September 2015. Parnell Park. Dubs training and meet and greet with fans. Amy (10) and Adam (8) Moran from Drumcondra meet Philip Ryan.
Wednesday 09 September 2015. Parnell Park. Dubs training and meet and greet with fans. Amy (10) and Adam (8) Moran from Drumcondra meet Philip Ryan.
Wednesday 09 September 2015. Parnell Park. Dubs training and meet and greet with fans. The Wards from Glasnevin, Aisling (31) and Seán (2) and Seán (29).
Wednesday 09 September 2015. Parnell Park. Dubs training and meet and greet with fans. L to R: back row; Liam Doyle (8), Darren Homan, Darren Daly, Frot Row L to R: Charlie Murphy (8), Sean Homan (7) and Cillian Doyle (7).
Wednesday 09 September 2015. Parnell Park. Dubs training. L to R: Paul Flynn, Kevin O'Brien, Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock.

DUBLIN'S All-Ireland stars were mobbed by adoring supporters keen to get a glimpse of their heroes at an open training session last night.

The county's footballers take on All-Ireland champions Kerry in the All-Ireland final on Sunday week.

A light session at Parnell Park was halted after less than 20 minutes as thousands of fans invaded the pitch to meet the players.

The most popular of the bunch were Jack McCaffrey, Paul Flynn and Ciaran Kilkenny - with Paddy Andrews and James McCarthy also surrounded by supporters looking for photographs and autographs.

Ex-Dublin footballer Darren Homan was queueing up with his son Sean (7). Homan played between 1997 and 2005, when he retired due to injury.

"It's great here. We never experienced it when I was a player, but it's a fantastic experience for these lads, and this is their third time doing this," said Darren .

"It's great for the kids and I suppose all of the supporters to be able to get out here and see everybody and all of the players.

"It's fantastic that the lads are giving up their time like this for the fans," he added.

The former midfielder told the Herald he doesn't know where he'll get a ticket for the final. "I'm just a Dublin supporter now, so I'll be trying my best to a get a ticket for Sunday week."

Also at the venue were Sean (29) and Aisling Ward (31), from Glasnevin, who were there with their son Sean Jnr (2) and were still on the hunt for tickets.

"They'll be hard to get a hold of, we'll be in the raffle, but the chances are not too good," said Sean.

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