Wednesday 17 January 2018

Double celebration as two Dubs fans get engaged amid joyful scenes of All Ireland win

Shannon McCurtin and Stephen Dowling who got engaged during celebrations at The Sackville Place Bar last night.
Shannon McCurtin and Stephen Dowling who got engaged during celebrations at The Sackville Place Bar last night.
Sunday 20 September 2015. Mulligans. Poolbeg St. Shay Ryan, Pat Hickey, Austin Shortt, Rathfarnham.
Hannah Murphy, Ciara and Aisling Morris and Alex Walsh, at The Sackville Place Bar.

Celebrations in the city continued well into the small hours of the morning after Dublin's All-Ireland victory.

For Shannon McCurtin and Stephen Dowling the celebrations were two-fold. Stephen got down on one knee to propose and the couple got engaged amid the wild celebrations.

But it was simply Dublin's day - and night - and no one wanted to go home.

At Mulligan's Pub on Poolbeg Street Love/Hate's Peter Coonan was partying with bookmaker Paddy Power while across town the party spilled out onto the street outside the Sackville Lounge off O'Connell Street.


John Hughes from Rathfarnham said it was a well-deserved win for the boys in blue, but the fans never took anything for granted. "I think we were a much better team," he said.

"Kerry people are saying they didn't deliver, they didn't play well. Dublin beat them fair and square.

"With 10 minutes to go we were nervous. When Kieran Donaghy came on, he could have done damage but he didn't."

One supporter in Mulligans whose outfit stood out from the traditional jerseys was Shay Ryan, originally from Rathfarnham but who now lives in London.

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Shay Ryan, Pat Hickey, Austin Shortt, Rathfarnham.

Shay Ryan, Pat Hickey, Austin Shortt, Rathfarnham.

Shay was wearing a 'smoking jacket', which family and friends claim bring luck to the Dubs every time it is worn.

"I've worn it at three finals, they've won three finals," said Shay, who travelled home especially for the match.

"I pretty much discovered it the day before the 2011 final, when I went to take my nephew out to the toy store.

"I noticed there was a receiver's sale in a shop next door and went for a look.

"I found this beautiful robe and I bought it and wore it on the Hill the next day."

Dubs players then took it in turns to wear the blue chequered silk number during All-Ireland celebrations in 2011.

"We were in the Burlington with Kevin McManamon, who scored the winning goal and he was wearing the jacket," said Shay.

"Then Paul Flynn and all the Dublin players were wearing it.

"It's like a symbolic suit of armour. The jacket comes back for the big days."

But despite the raucous celebrations in the capital, Kerry fans were magnanimous in defeat.

Eileen O'Riordan, from Rathmore, Co Kerry, said it was a great day out for all.


She, along with many other GAA fans from the Kingdom, were determined to mark the end of a rollercoaster season.

"I feel okay, not as bitter as in 2011," she said. "The better team won today and I'm happy tonight. In 2011 it was bitter, in 2013 it was very bitter, in 2015 it's okay.

"We have season tickets, we have been to every game from the start. We came up to Dublin especially for the match and we're absolutely going to celebrate hard.

"Congratulations to the Dubs," she added.

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