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Saturday 18 November 2017

A hero's welcome: The boys in blue take the victory celebrations to Dublin's children's hospitals

Mayo fan, Cathal Downey, from Kildare with Dublin's Philly McMahon pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team.
Mayo fan, Cathal Downey, from Kildare with Dublin's Philly McMahon pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team.
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With just “one maybe two hours sleep” the boys in blue arrived to a hero’s welcome at Crumlin Children’s Hospital holding the Sam Maguire.

Children and their parents jostled to see the All Ireland Champions.

18 September 2017; Dara Cahill, age 9 months, from Clontarf, with the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dara Cahill, age 9 months, from Clontarf, with the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18/09/17 Dublin players, Eoin Murchan and Cillian O'Shea with Freya Ruth (8mths) and her mum, Leaha, and nurse Ciara McGeep ictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Mayo fan, Cathal Downey, from Kildare with Dublin's Philly McMahon pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team.
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Michael Fitzsimons with Dara Cahill, age 9 months, from Clontarf, during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Rory Whelan from New Ross, Co Wexford, with the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin and players with Rory Whelan and his mother Helen, from New Ross, Co Wexford, during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballers James McCarthy, left, and Philly McMahon with Mark Kane, age 5 months, and his mother Karen, from Cooley, Co Louth, during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballers with nursing staff from St Gabriels Ward during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Dublin supporter Lacey Robinson, aged 5, from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Dublin supporter Lacey Robinson, aged 5, from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18/09/17 Zoe Lonergan (6) from Dublin and her dad, Dave with Dublin player, James McCarthy pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Dublin players, Eoin Murchan and Cillian O'Shea with Freya Ruth (8mths) and her mum, Leaha, and nurse Ciara McGeep ictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Mayo supporters, Tom (7) and Kate (10) Healy from Castlebar with Philly McMahon, Eoin Murchan Evan Comerford all Dublin players pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Dublin manager, Jim gavin with Evan McKeoghan, a young Dublin supporter pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Zoe Lonergan (6) from Dublin and her dad, Dave with Dublin player, James McCarthy pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Emily Denner (15) from Celbridge meets members of the Dublin team pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Jayden McKiernan (4) from Clondalkin with the Sam Maguire, with Philly McMahon and other team members pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Dublin players, Evan Comerford and Eoin Murchan (wearing Garda hat) pictured with Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Dublin players, Evan Comerford, Eoin Murchan and Cillian O'Shea, and Sam Maguire with Sean Kelly from Rush and his mum, Deirdre pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Dublin players, Evan Comerford, Eoin Murchan and Cillian O'Shea, and Sam Maguire with Sean Kelly from Rush and his mum, Deirdre pictured this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Patient, Molly Brown (6 months) from Donabate pictured in the Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Patient, Molly Broiwn (6 months) from Donabate pictured in the Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Patient, Molly Broiwn (6 months) from Donabate pictured in the Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Dublin players, Evan Comerford and Eoin Murchan pictured with 11 year old Aine McCarthney from Celbridge and Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Patient, Molly Brown (6 months) from Donabate pictured in the Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Patient, Molly Brown (6 months) from Donabate pictured in the Sam Maguire with members of the Dublin team this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/09/17 Patient, Molly Brown (6 months) from Donabate pictured in the Sam Maguire this morning at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin during a visit of the All Ireland winning Dublin team..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18 September 2017; Dublin players Evan Comerford, left, and Eoin Murchan pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players, from left, Evan Comerford, Brian Howard, Eoin Murchan, Philip McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Mark Schutte and Cillian O'Shea pictured with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co Kildare and the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players Eoin Murchan, left, and Cillian O'Shea pictured with Freya Ruth, aged 8 months, from Tallaght, Dublin and her mother Leah during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players Mark Schutte, left, and Michael Fitzsimons pictured with Dublin supporter Milana Commons, aged 3, from Dublin and the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Patrick Wheatley (10) was wearing a jersey covered in the signatures of last years champions.

"Whoever I didn't get last year can sign it now," he said.

There were cheers of "Up the Dubs" as the players made their way through the wards.

"It's a great way to bring the outside world into the kid’s reality," Teacher Fergal McNamara said. "It's a special day and a great tradition."

James McCarthy had "an hour or two" of sleep but was determined to visit the hospital.

"It means a lot to see the kids faces when they see the cup," he said. "It's very rewarding for all of us, we are delighted to be here."

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“I’ve been to bed for an hour maybe two – sore head, sore body but delighted.”

David Linhguara (5) from Balbriggan was among those who greeted the players.

"He is so excited and it is such a great boost for everyone here - the parents and children," his mother Sarah said.

As he posed for selfies Philly McMahon said it was still taking time for the victory to sink in. “Last night was good craic. I can’t tell you too much about it but yeah it was a good night. I didn’t go to Coppers that’s my excuse. But it wasn’t an early night – I got home at six in the morning.”

The team also visited Temple Street Children's Hospital with the cup.

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