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Sunday 19 August 2018

Dubs star O'Carroll praises fellow volunteers

DUBS player Rory O'Carroll has praised the work of his fellow volunteering pals at the Capuchin Day Centre -- and insists that they are the city's true heroes.

Blues fullback Rory took a break from his winning team's All-Ireland celebrations to help toast Dublin's hard-working charity organisations and their unparalleled contribution to the capital.

The 21-year-old paid tribute to his friend, Brother Kevin Crowley, founder of the Capuchin Franciscan Order, who he said is more deserving of applause than he.

"I'll never be the man he is, he does so much work for the people, night and day he works for them," said Rory -- who regularly volunteers at the Smithfield day centre, which provides hot meals for the homeless.

The medal winner was invited as a special guest to the awards of the Dublin Bus Community Support Programme Awards yesterday at Croke Park, where more than 100 organisations received grants for their dedication to communities.

A UCD student, Rory delighted the hundreds of GAA fans at the occasion in HQ with his surprise arrival, after visiting two Inner City schools earlier in the day.

Congratulating Brother Crowley -- who won €2,000 in funding towards the Capuchin Day Centre -- the Stillorgan native was thrilled to join in with festivities, and shared some thought on the excitement of last Sunday's epic title decider.

"It gives you a great taste for winning, we'd definitely like to achieve what Kerry have with so many All-Ireland titles."

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