Saturday 29 October 2016

The morning after the night before: Dubs stars party after epic All Ireland final victory

Ian Begley

Published 02/10/2016 | 11:02

Hugh Hourican from the Boars Head in Capel st with Dublin Players Paul Flynn,Darren Daly,Kevin Mc Menamin and Bernard Brogan
Hugh Hourican from the Boars Head in Capel st with Dublin Players Paul Flynn,Darren Daly,Kevin Mc Menamin and Bernard Brogan

As most of Dublin slept after a long night of celebrations, the party atmosphere was still in full swing for the Boys in Blue this morning.

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The team's official homecoming might be not be until 4.30pm this afternoon, but the Dubs stars were in full party mode.

Heroes of Hill 16, Paul Flynn, Darren Daly, Kevin McManamon and Bernard Brogan were among the Boys in Blue enjoying the traditional trek for the All Ireland champions to the Boar's Head pub on Capel Street.

The party kicked off the moment the game ended, with both supporters and players in a state of total euphoric joy.

From the celebrations on the pitch, the boys swapped their muddy jerseys to dapper suits and moved off to the Gibson Hotel with their close friends and families. They were greeted by uproarious applause by a crowd of emotional supporters outside.

As the evening of fine dining came to a close, the team decamped to Copper Face Jacks nightclub on Harcourt Street, where the real party began.

And at 7.30am this morning in the beloved GAA bar, the celebrations were still in full swing.

Music and banter could be heard inside with several die-hard fans trying their look at gaining entry to the Boar's Head.

A number of players could be seen socialising outside, happy to pose for photos and talk to their supporters. Passing cars beeped their horns and council workers cleaned the streets stopped briefly to gaze at the team that rocked the country.

Astonishingly, the players looked very much alive despite having not slept for nearly 24 hours. Bernard Brogan even looked as if he could do all over again today if he wanted to.

Despite their loss, several Mayo fans even approached the lads to shake their hands and congratulate them.

One beaming Dublin fan, who had just gotten a picture taken with Philly McMahon, told “I still can’t believe that we won – I’m still shaking by the result. I’m so proud of the boys for the hard work they put in and I have no doubt that they can do it all again next year.”

The team are expected to pay the traditional visit to Temple Street Children’s Hospital later today.

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