Children's delight as players visit hospital
All-Ireland champions Cork paid a traditional visit to the wards of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, yesterday.
The footballers created waves of excitement among the children, parents and even the odd member of the nursing staff as they flowed along the maze of corridors, signing autographs and eagerly posing for pictures.
In St Brigid's ward, red and white bunting and flags bedecked the bed of Antoine Hennigan (14), a firm supporter of the men in red and member of the Douglas GAA Club in Cork.
As Douglas player Eoin Cadogan settled in at his bedside, Antoine said: "He played outstanding."
"Ah sure, he would say that," joked Eoin.
Antoine, watched the match in his room, as he is in the middle of an eight-week stint in hospital for treatment for scoliosis.
Another only too delighted to touch the silverware was Gavin O'Halloran (6) from Glanmire in Co Cork.
"He was mad to see them; he watched the match and he plays for Sarsfield," said his proud mother Emma O'Halloran, whose son has been in hospital for the past nine-weeks receiving rehabilitation treatment following a stroke.
Captain Graham Canty revealed that manager Conor Counihan had spoken to them throughout the year about pressure and perspective.
"Pressure in sport doesn't compare to pressure in life, you have kids inside here and families and that is pressure," Canty said, outside one of the wards.