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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Let’s have a party!' - Fans of all ages celebrate Dublin's All-Ireland win in Mansion House

Jane O'Faherty

Published 02/10/2016 | 18:36

Pics via: Justin Farrelly.
Pics via: Justin Farrelly.

Dublin fans are painting their city blue after their team’s electrifying performance in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final.

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While thousands of supporters are heading straight to Smithfield for a civic reception with the victorious team, a lucky few managed to get up close and personal with the coveted Sam McGuire in the Mansion House.

Pics via: Justin Farrelly.
Pics via: Justin Farrelly.

Brenda O’Connor from Drimnagh and Eimear Cregg from Walkinstown also made it into the Lord Mayor’s residence to welcome the players home. 

Having tried and failed to get tickets, Brenda settled for watching the game at home with her family.

The All Ireland Champions Dublin arrive with the Sam Maguire at the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor and fans. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
The All Ireland Champions Dublin arrive with the Sam Maguire at the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor and fans. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

But the atmosphere in the living room didn’t disappoint, with the more tense points of the game proving all too much for her relatives.

“My husband had to go up and lie down. He couldn’t watch it.,” she told Independent.ie.

“He was so excited, and so stressed. We kept screaming down below and he would yell down: ‘Who scored?’”

Meanwhile, Eimear (34) followed each minute with friends, as they watched live in a local bar.

“Mayo played brilliantly. I felt so sorry for them but of course we wanted to win, and we’re delighted,” she said.

“It was a really shocking example of great football.”

Remi McKenna (8 Months) from Cabra at the Mansion House to celebrate the All Ireland Champions Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Remi McKenna (8 Months) from Cabra at the Mansion House to celebrate the All Ireland Champions Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Both ladies believe the boys in blue have it in them to keep Sam for a little while longer, hoping for a three-in-a-row.

“I think the confidence will be huge for next year,” Eimear said. “It’s phenomenal. This has realy built confidence, because there was a knock two weeks ago.

“But winning yesterday after such a great game, I think they will do it again next year.”

“Obviously, Dublin would love Mayo to win soon. Just not against us,” added Brenda.

The Mansion House reception attracted fans of all ages. Little Remi McKenna (eight months) from Cabra found herself in the Sam McGuire trophy for the second time as crowds gathered around for photos and selfies.

Meanwhile, Anthony Broughan (84), one of Dublin’s oldest supporters, donned his famous Molly Malone costume for the occasion.

Councillor Christy Burke was also among the proud Dubliners present on the day.

“It’s a great day for the city, the fans and the Dublin team,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for fans to come – there’s about ten of my own grandchildren here.”

“It’s great to see the two All-Irelands back to back,” he added.

“The only regret is that they got beaten the time I was Lord Mayor, so I didn’t get the opportunity to host a day out for them,” he continued.  “But I know it’s in a safe pair of hands with the present Lord Mayor.”

“I know it’s early days, but let’s go for three in a row. Let’s have a party.”

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