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Friday 19 September 2014

Dubs thrashed ... in table tennis by brave Molly McNally and pals

By Laura Larkin

Published 31/07/2014 | 07:31

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DUBLIN'S biggest fan Molly McNally spent yesterday hanging out with her favourite players along with a group of lucky GAA fans yesterday.

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Brave Molly, who is turning six next month, challenged her heroes to a game of table-tennis. Naturally she was a pro.

"This is her fourth time meeting the lads," her mum Emma told the Herald.

"They are mad about each other."

Molly travelled in from an early morning hospital appointment ahead of her next round of chemotherapy which begins next Tuesday.

She is suffering from a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma and has received huge support on her journey back to health from the boys in blue.

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Five Dublin GAA stars spent the afternoon kicking back with the enthusiastic youngsters. East Wall youth club gathered their biggest football fans to meet the players and they were extremely excited to come face-to-face with the lads that they cheer on all season.

Karla O'Brien (9) from Eastwall is keen to play in a Dubs jersey when she grows up.

"This is the first time I've meet any of the players and they're all really fun," she said before getting her purple Dublin jersey signed.

Ben Gaskin (9) had something a little different for the boys to sign.

"I have a cast because I hurt my arm playing football so they signed that," he told the Herald proudly, showing off his autographed arm.

Phillip Ryan, Eric Lowndes, Dean Rock, Cian O'Sullivan and Kevin Nolan spent the morning being beaten at table tennis and air-hockey before sitting down to a tasty lunch with the young supporters.

They players shared secrets of their footballing success and got a few tips from the future sports stars.

Dane Williams, who plays numerous sports with the Central Remedial Clinic school in Clontarf, was up at the crack of dawn dressed top-to-toe in his Dublin gear.

"He hasn't stopped smiling all day," his mum Mairead said.

"It's a great chance for the kids to meet the stars of their favourite team," Eileen Vaughan of East Wall's youth club added.

The 20 lucky children were invited by the Irish Youth Foundation and the Daisy Chain Foundation.

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