Wednesday 7 December 2016

Watch: 'We represent a really special county in Dublin' - Gavin's heroes bring joy to the children in Crumlin Hospital

Published 02/10/2016 | 14:54

Dublin players and manager Jim Gavin with Kyra Hutchins, age 5 months, from Wexford, and the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin players and manager Jim Gavin with Kyra Hutchins, age 5 months, from Wexford, and the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cormac Costello with Freya Dodson, age 9 days, from Portarlington Co Laois during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cormac Costello holds the Sam Maguire cup aloft during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tomás O'Broin, 11 months old, from Inchicore, with Philly McMahon and the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tomás O'Broin, 11 months old, from Inchicore, in the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Sarah Lynam and her 1 month old son Conall Curran, from Blanchardstown, during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kyra Hutchins, age 5 months, from Wexford, in the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Sarah Lynam and her 1 month old son Conall Curran, from Blanchardstown, during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cormac Costello with Michelle and Allan Dodson and their daughter Freya, age 9 days, from Portarlington Co Laois during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Hassan Benhaffaf, age 6, one of the Benhaffaf twins from Carrigtwohill in Cork, with Jonny Cooper and the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tomás O'Broin, 11 months old, from Inchicore, with Philly McMahon and the Sam Maguire cup during the Dublin team's visit to the Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Jim Gavin and Philly McMahon have both emphasised the important role the Dublin stars play off the pitch as they visited Crumlin Children’s Hospital with the Sam Maguire trophy today.

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In keeping with tradition, the Dublin players and management team shrugged off any hangover from last night’s celebrations to make the trip down to Crumlin and bring smiles to the faces of the children there.

“When you are in the children’s hospital the heart is feeling good. You see all the kids around with the smiles on their faces watching the Sam Maguire come in and it keeps us grounded and it’s amazing for us to do our own part,” McMahon told Independent.ie.

“We know who we represent in this county and it is great to get down to the hospitals and give back to the kids.

“We represent a really special county in Dublin. We don’t only represent our clubs and our communities , we represent the people of it as well.

“When we see people in the children’s hospitals and they are going through their own struggles, it is very important to come down and give them support.

“Jim has instilled in us that it is not just about playing football, it’s about what we do off the pitch as well. We have got a really good culture and they all understand our values and who we represent.

“It’s not easy getting up after an All Ireland, the lads being out until all hours. I don’t drink alcohol so it’s easy for me to show up here this morning because I want to do it but these lads want to do it as well. They are probably struggling but they feel like they want to do it.”

Jim Gavin added: “I think it is very important. There is a social responsibility and the players are conscious of who they represent.

“We have a wonderful organisation in the Gaelic Athletic Association and it’s tradition that teams come here after an All Ireland victory. It’s important to keep that tradition up.

“Crumlin Children’s Hospital do not only great work for the kids in Dublin but countrywide and it is great to see Mayo people here today and Galway people and people from Kerry, Armagh so it is important that we give a little bit of support, particularly for the staff, they work a hard job and it is good to be here.”

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