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Saint Patrick’s Athletic fans celebrate with the cup after the FAI Cup Final against Derry City.

Saint Patrick’s Athletic fans celebrate with the cup after the FAI Cup Final against Derry City.

Saint Patrick’s Athletic fans celebrate with the cup after the FAI Cup Final against Derry City.

Saint Patrick's Athletic are celebrating today after a Christy Fagan brace ended the club's 53-year wait for a taste of FAI Cup success.

The Dubliner's two second-half strikes were enough to put the match beyond Derry City.

The roar that greeted the final whistle showed just what it means to the Saints support to finally see an end to a run of cup disappointment that stretches all the way back to 1961 and includes seven cup final defeats.

Both sets of supporters were in full voice at Lansdowne Road, with drums and flares adding to a party atmosphere that belied the attendance of 17,038.

Lifelong Saints fan, Noel Doyle (68) has witnessed "five or six" cup final disappointments down the years and said he is "absolutely chuffed" to finally have a victory to celebrate.

"The guys down there on the pitch are absolute heroes. They have made history. We have just been waiting so long for this," he said.

"It might not have been a great display but a win is a win and the names of those players won't be forgotten for a long time to come."

Inchicore native Frank Tuohy described the victory as the "icing on the cake" after such a long wait.

"It is a great relief, it is like getting the boil off your head. It is great for the team and it is great for Inchicore. There will be great celebrations out there tonight," he said.

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