Dubs stars get suited and booted as party goes through the night
DUBLIN'S footballing heroes last night toasted their All-Ireland success right through the small hours at The Gibson Hotel.
And hotel sources said that the party continued until after 4am – with some of the players moving to Copper Face Jacks to continue the party.
The squad, management and family were treated to a lavish banquet after they left Croke Park. And the Sam Maguire cup was draped in blue as it was carried into the hotel to kickstart the week's celebrations.
Team captain Stephen Cluxton and Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly brought the cup and guest of honour into the hotel shortly before 7.30pm.
The players certainly built up an appetite for their three-course meal of smoked chicken roulade stuffed with pistachio mousse and served with Italian mushroom salad.
The main course was sirloin steak served with sautee potatoes, green beans, and wrapped in bacon and diane sauce.
And for dessert there was strawberry pavlova.
The players couldn't hide their delight as they basked in their All-Ireland glory – the second time in three years.
Manager Jim Gavin and double goal -scorer Bernard Brogan were stars of the exclusive dinner last night.
Dublin's Michael Darragh Macualey was there with his partner Rosie Cooney, while Diarmuid Connolly attended with Ciara Chaney.
Keira Doyle was on the arm of Bernard Brogan at the event while Ger Brennan and Aisling Lonergan were also there to mark the Dubs' success.
The great and the good of Dublin GAA were present, including former heroes such as Bernard Brogan Snr and Barney Rock, who was accompanied by his wife Kathleen.
There was also a bar where fans were able to enjoy a celebratory pint once they had secured a precious ticket to gain admittance to the hotel.
Among the other attendees were Paul Caffrey, former Dublin manager, ex-world boxing champion Bernard Dunne and his wife Pamela.