Dublin team hotfoot it from win to mark teammate Alan's 30th
Published 16/01/2012 | 05:00
THEY displayed a turn of foot to make manager Pat Gilroy proud as the Dublin All-Ireland winners dashed from the changing rooms to a surprise 30th birthday party for star player Alan Brogan.
The Dublin footballers had plenty of energy in the tank for the major session in popular nightspot Buck Whaley's in Dublin city centre as they had enjoyed a relatively easy 14-point win over UCD in the O'Byrne Cup, at Parnell Park, on Saturday night
While his teammates, including brother Paul Brogan, were getting into their civvies, Alan was enjoying dinner in La Stampa restaurant with his wife Lydia on Saturday evening.
He later tweeted of his surprise to friends and fans online, "serious 30th birthday surprise in Buck Whaley's, thanks to Lydia and all my friends and family".
It capped off a perfect 12 months for the GAA star which included landing the All-Ireland after a 16-year wait for the Sam Maguire cup for Dublin and then going on to be named as an All Star.
After abandoning his customary sideline tracksuit, Pat Gilroy was also spotted out on the town. Others who enjoyed the celebration included Alan's parents, All-Ireland and All-Star winning Bernard Brogan senior and his wife Maria, brother Paul and plenty of teammates and friends.
His brother, Dublin attacking star Bernard, was missing from the celebrations as he is enjoying a holiday in Australia.