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