Monday 27 March 2017

VIDEO: No sleep for Dubliners -- but they're already in dreamland

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

IT is now rivalling New York as the city that doesn't sleep.

Celebrations in Dublin continued well into last night without any shuteye for many since Sunday's last-gasp All-Ireland football final victory over Kerry.

The atmosphere across the city has been pretty special for the last two days as fans and players alike refuse to stop the party -- giving pubs and clubs a much-needed boost.

Sunday night started off with a meal in the Burlington Hotel, where fans showed up to greet the squad.

Most players stayed in the hotel until the early hours or headed back to their football clubs, but Copper Face Jacks was the nightclub of choice for those who hit the town.

Stephen Cluxton, Bernard Brogan and Michael Fitzsimons were in the Burlington Hotel lobby yesterday morning for breakfast, having not slept.

And the party continued throughout the day, with many focusing on the Boar's Head on Capel Street.

Owner Hugh Hourican said that it was a favourite for a number of the Boys in Blue.

"Alan Brogan is a customer here and he loves the stew," he said.

"I texted him on Wednesday and told him there would be a plate here ready and he texted back and asked for extra potatoes.

"When they won on Sunday, my wife told me that she had slipped some holy water into the stew -- when I told Alan he laughed," Mr Hourican said.

A number of the winning squad members, including the Brogan brothers and Stephen Cluxton, made a visit to the pub yesterday.

They were joined by 1995 Dublin All-Ireland winner Paul Bealin and Galway two-time All-Ireland medallist John Divilly.

"When the final whistle blew the city centre just became alive, it was fantastic," Mr Hourican added.

Bernard Brogan and former Dublin star Jason Sherlock were also spotted outside the Quays Bar, in Temple Bar, at around 2pm.

There they chatted to fans and joined in a verse of 'Dublin in the Rare Auld Times'.

But it wasn't all about the pubs.

Eight players, including captain Bryan Cullen, found time to visit Crumlin and Temple Street hospitals yesterday morning.

Deprivation

"It was amazing, they stayed and visited the children for around four hours on just two hours sleep each," a source said.

But they'd evidently been expecting the sleep deprivation.

"We're going to go mental I suppose," Kevin McManamon, who scored Dublin's only goal, said before the festivities proper started on Sunday night.

When asked if he would be going to Copper Face Jacks later that night he replied: "I'll be seen there enough over the next few weeks."

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Following the homecoming in Merrion Square last night, the players went to Skerries on Dublin's northside -- home club of the captain -- where the party continued.

But then, as many a Kerryman will ruefully admit, these lads are not lacking in stamina.

Irish Independent

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