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Monday 17 December 2018

Four Sams in a row for the Dubs at Croker

Dubs make history with fourth All-Ireland in a row

John Manning

Wild celebrations were sparked all over Fingal on Sunday evening as the victorious Dubs football team lifted Sam Maguire for the fourth time running and for the sixth time in eight years.

In an historic victory over Tyrone, the imperious Dubs team rose from mere mortals to sporting icons, becoming only the third team in history to lift the Sam Maguire, four years running.

A huge part of all that success has been the Fingal trio of Paul Flynn, Darren Daly and Dean Rock and while Flynn did not make it onto the field this time, his role in getting Dublin to the point where they are practically invincible in championship terms has been massive.

The celebrations on the field in Croke Park with many fans from Fingal watching on, were shared across the county in GAA clubs and pubs up and down Fingal.

The local lads made their contribution too with Darren Daly making it on to the field of play in the 58th minute of the game to take the team over the line as Tyrone mounted a mini-comeback late in the second half.

The kicking boot of Dean Rock, who hails from Garristown, was in decent form as he kicked points from frees and from open play.

In the end, it was a comfortable victory for the all-conquering Dubs and the talk on all the early morning radio shows on Monday morning was the inevitable question: 'Is this the best team Gaelic football has ever seen?'

There would have been no bigger smile following the final whistle at Croke Park than one Molly McNally, the Balbriggan girl who has become somewhat of a lucky charm for the Dubs.

Molly captured hearts across Dublin in her brave battle against a rare form of childhood cancer. Now clear of the disease for three years. Molly's bald head no longer needs to be covered by a pink hat and she has long flowing hair but one thing has not changed, and that's her love for Dubs legend, Bernard Brogan.

Bernard recently paid a surprise visit to Molly who helped him distribute footballs to O'Dwyer's GAA club in Balbriggan as part of an initiative sponsored by Supervalu.

In the run up to the All-Ireland Football Final Bernard made a visit to Molly's home in Balbriggan. Her mum Emma, dad Gerry, sister Jill (14) and brother James (13) were involved in the planning, helping to orchestrate the surprise. Making the day even more special was the fact that Molly recently celebrated her tenth birthday and three years in remission.

Nobody would have been happier to see the Dubs win on Sunday than Balbriggan's bravest girl, Molly McNally.

Dubs fans all over Fingal are already looking forward to five in a row!

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