SINCE Ella Weldon was first pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup in Crumlin Children's Hospital, Dublin, three years ago she has won the biggest prize of all -- the gift of life.
Now a fit and healthy four-year-old, Ella, was suffering from infant leukaemia back then.
But yesterday she was togged out and ready for action as she was reacquainted with the mighty Sam.
The All-Ireland trophy paid a visit to her local Wanderers GAA club in Rathfarnham, south Dublin.
Doctors had told Ella's parents that their daughter only had a 50pc chance of survival.
"She was diagnosed with infant leukaemia at seven months old in April 2008. She's a year off treatment. She went through 10 months of intense chemotherapy and a year- and-a-half maintenance therapy," said her dad Robert Weldon.
"It takes five years after treatment until you're given the all-clear but she's doing great.
"All her hair has grown back and she's like a normal four-year-old girl, really.
"Her quality of life has improved dramatically.
"She has a twin brother Killian and you wouldn't notice any difference between the two of them.
"She has a head of red hair and a temperament to match it!
"She's very lively and energetic and loves to be the centre of attention," said her proud father.