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Sunday 19 August 2018

FORGET SAM, MEET ELLA THE DUBS' NEWEST LITTLE TROPHY

A 12-day-old baby girl managed to outshine Dublin's football heroes as Sam Maguire made a trip to the Aras.

The new daughter of Dubs full-forward Eoghan O'Gara stole the show at the Phoenix Park where the team met President Mary McAleese and her husband.

O'Gara's bundle of joy was only two days old when the player took to the field to take on Kerry and is now enjoying her celebrity status as Dublin's youngest supporter.

"Boy, she came into the world at just the right moment," the President said of little Ella.

"She was born on the Friday afternoon -- she wasn't due until the following Thursday but she decided she wanted to be here for the match -- and to make sure mammy couldn't go," said mum Elaine Blanville (24), who proudly showed off the beautiful newborn for photographers.

"For the rest of her life, there's going to be such a story attached to her birth," she said.

Elaine looked stunning in a teal-coloured sleeveless dress as she joined her boyfriend's colleagues and partners.



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Model Lydia Rock and wife of manager Pat Gilroy, Yvonne, were on hand to help hold baby Ella -- who left her customised Dublin babygro at home for the occasion.

The Blues heroes have been partying around the capital since claiming the silverware on Sunday, September 18, in Croke Park.

Delighted to toast the historic victory with the GAA stars, Mary and her husband Martin praised All-Star Bernard Brogan and his teammates, for giving the city a much-needed boost.

"You've managed to not just lift the hearts of the people in the city and county of Dublin," the President said, as she congratulated Pat Gilroy and his troops, "I think it's fair to say that you have lifted the country and you also lifted for ever Irish people around the world.

"It's very hard to make people happy at the moment -- it's borderline impossible to make people euphoric at the moment, but you have done that," she added.

Meanwhile, captain Bryan Cullen said the official visit was definitely something he could get used to.

"Never in our wildest dreams did we think we'd get the opportunity to do things like this," said the lucky player, who posed with top girl band The Saturdays last week.

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