Thursday 29 September 2016

All-Ireland is an event we can all take pride in

Published 21/09/2015 | 02:30

Dublin's Darren Daly celebrates with teammate Rory O'Carroll at the end of the All-Ireland final
Dublin's Darren Daly celebrates with teammate Rory O'Carroll at the end of the All-Ireland final

The 2015 All-Ireland football final was played in a downpour, with heavy rain making conditions difficult and delivering the lowest-scoring decider since 1980.

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But nothing could dampen the elation of Dublin fans at Croke Park yesterday, who witnessed Jim Gavin's side, captained by a near speechless Stephen Cluxton, secure Dublin's 25th All-Ireland title - their third in five years.

The win was a particularly special one for Dublin, who have now conquered Kerry in three successive championships for the first time ever and have seen Gavin bring home not one but two Sam Maguires.

Kerry, historically the most successful All-Ireland side, return home to the Kingdom disappointed this year.

But the real winner remains the GAA.

It is the commitment and passion of its players, its youth, their parents and the entire network of clubs around the country that makes the GAA arguably the world's greatest cultural and sporting association.

The All-Ireland final produces only one victor, but it is an annual win that everyone in Ireland can take pride in.

Irish Independent

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