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Friday 6 December 2019

Double-win celebration to happen in two weeks

Supporters on Hill 16 in Croke Park cheer on the Boys in Blue
Supporters on Hill 16 in Croke Park cheer on the Boys in Blue

Dublin's five-in-a-row All- Ireland winners will be honoured with a homecoming - but not for another two weeks.

The event will be a double celebration after the ladies' football team won the All-Ireland championship yesterday for the third year a row.

In an unusual move, the homecoming event will not take place on the night following the All-Ireland success as would often be the case.

It is understood logistical issues, including pre-planned holidays for some players, are part of the decision to hold off on the event for a couple of weeks.

Some of these issues have arisen because the final against Kerry had to be replayed.

The free family-friendly event is set to take place on Sunday, September 29, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Merrion Square.

It has been moved from its regular position at Smithfield Square, which was used for the homecoming in 2011, when the Dubs ended a 16-year drought to win the Sam Maguire.

The Dubs have also previously held celebrations on O'Connell Street.

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe congratulated the Dublin ladies' football team and will be present to celebrate the victories at the Merrion Square event.

"It has been a phenomenal weekend for the women and men of Dublin Gaelic football with this three-in-a-row victory today and the historic five-in-a-row-win on Saturday," he said.

"Congratulations to the Dublin ladies, Mick Bohan and his management team, the background staff and the fans for their support over the campaign."

In previous years, thousands of fans have turned out to cheer their heroes.

appreciation

However, with Saturday's victory one of historical importance - no team has ever won five All-Irelands in a row - it is likely that the attendance at the public celebration will be bigger than usual.

At last year's event, manager Jim Gavin expressed his appreciation for the fans.

"It is great to be back in Smithfield to see our supporters," he said at the time.

"They have been fantastic throughout the year, in the National Football League.

"Whether we've been at home or away, the fans have been with us through all of those challenges.

"The players are really excited to see them."

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