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'Being here really brings it home how privileged we are' - All-Ireland Champions Dublin visit Crumlin Children’s Hospital

John Brennan

Published 21/09/2015 | 15:11

The heroes of the Dublin team turned out in force to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin today to meet the brave boys and girls who are patients there.

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Members of the Dublin team arrived shortly after 12 noon and were mobbed by their adoring young fans upon arriving with a Garda escort.

One of those lucky enough to meet their heroes was little Dylan Murphy (6) from Clondalkin who had the chance to play ‘foosball’ with some of his heroes.

Dylan, wearing a Dublin hat, got the best out of the boys in blue and was thrilled to have met the team.

Dylan Murphy (6) from Clodalkin, Dublin meets with All Ireland football winner Bernard Brogan while he visited Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin with the Sam Maguire Cup Credit: Mark Condren
Dylan Murphy (6) from Clodalkin, Dublin meets with All Ireland football winner Bernard Brogan while he visited Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin with the Sam Maguire Cup Credit: Mark Condren

Dylan’s father, Barry Murphy said his son was delighted with yesterdays win.

“It was great for them to win yesterday and it’s great to see them in here for the kids.”

Dublin star, Jonny Cooper was pleased to be at the hospital with the team meeting the brave children.

“Being here really brings it home how privileged we are. It brings it right back down to reality after yesterday’s highs.”

Children got to pose with the famous cup, meet the team and play with their footballing heroes.

Philly McMahon, corner back for the Dubs, felt the visit was important both for the players and children.

21 September 2015; Dublin's Bernard Brogan and Denis Bastick during a visit from the GAA Football All-Ireland Champions Dublin to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
21 September 2015; Dublin's Bernard Brogan and Denis Bastick during a visit from the GAA Football All-Ireland Champions Dublin to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
21 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with 6 year Dylan Murphy, from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, during a visit from the GAA Football All-Ireland Champions Dublin to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

“It really drives home that we take nothing for granted. It’s great to see the smiles on the faces and we’re happy to be able to help and bring Sam Maguire here.

Philly McMahon went on to say how much the blue shirt means to him.

“We know that when we pull on those jerseys we represent the whole county, and being here makes you to refocus and it puts life in perspective.”

All in all, the brave boys and girls were full of smiles and had an afternoon that they will never forget.

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