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Castletown resident recalls All-Ireland win, 25 years later

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Paul Bealin (second right) after Dublin’s All-Ireland final win over Tyrone in 1995 with Jim Gavin, Jason Sherlock and Keith Galvin.

Paul Bealin (second right) after Dublin’s All-Ireland final win over Tyrone in 1995 with Jim Gavin, Jason Sherlock and Keith Galvin.

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Paul Bealin (second right) after Dublin’s All-Ireland final win over Tyrone in 1995 with Jim Gavin, Jason Sherlock and Keith Galvin.

Laying claim to someone can be a peculiar process for a rural community. They are usually a blow-in until it suits the old-timers to regard them as something more, as someone they can hang their hat on.

Castletown is no different than most and by now they are no stranger to the odd, useful 'blow-in'. Yet, few outsiders have been more suited to being embraced by a hard-nosed football community than Paul Bealin.

Just a few months shy of 25 years ago, Bealin was trying to fight his way through a crowd to get on to an open-top double-decker bus in Dublin city. With eldest son, toddler Jonathan, in his arms, this wasn't about sightseeing, this was about celebrating.