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Dublin's James McCarthy: We were called cowards and bottlers last year.. we answered them

Published 20/09/2015 | 17:58

James McCarthy, Dublin, in action against Colm Cooper, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
James McCarthy, Dublin, in action against Colm Cooper, Kerry. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Dublin have clinched a third All-Ireland in five years and it was clear from the celebrations that this triumph may have meant more to this squad than the others.

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Last year's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal hurt the Dubs and wing-back James McCarthy couldn't contain his joy afterwards.

The criticism the Dublin team took after the Donegal defeat was clearly a big motivating factor for Jim Gavin's side.

"A lot of people had the knives out for us after last year, a lot of people gave us a lot of stick... I think we gave them their answer this year and we're delighted to win the game," McCarthy told Sunday Sport on RTE Radio One.

"There were a lot of things being said about us, calling us bottlers and cowards and the likes.

"A bit funny with a lot of lads in this dressing room with two All-Ireland medals being called cowards and bottlers... that is the answer for them."

20 September 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan, left, and Michael Darragh MacAuley celebrates after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan, left, and Michael Darragh MacAuley celebrates after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup following his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin players Bernard Borgan, Alan Brogan, top, and Kevin McManamon celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup following their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin, celebrates at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Jonny Cooper, left, and Stephen Cluxton following their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by Seamus McCormack after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's James McCarthy, left, Diarmuid Connolly, and Cian O'Sullivan, right, celebrates after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; A view of the pre-match parade. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Peter Crowley, Kerry, is tackled by Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire cup. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Denis Bastick, Dublin, celebrates his side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by Seamus McCormack after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton is congratultaed by Martin Kennedy, Head of Athletic Development, Dublin, at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin players and supporters celebrate as Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Alan Brogan and Kevin McManamon, Dublin, celebrate at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin and goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton following their side's victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
20 September 2015; Dublin's Paddy Andrews celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup after the game with teammate John Small. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dublin led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break and despite a bright start to the second period from the reigning champions, they eased to a three-point success.

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