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Niamh 'gutted' to see Blues lose out on final

DUBLIN Rose Niamh Sherlock was left "gutted" by Cork's last minute victory over the Blues at Croke Park.

The Wicklow native, who flew the flag for Dublin in memory of her late mother Marie in Tralee last night, explained how she was left devastated when her county failed to secure their spot in the All Ireland Final.

Niamh (27) told the Diary how her beloved mum's extended family, who hail from Gardiner Street in the North inner city, were all still mourning the loss when they touched down in the Kingdom last night.

"I didn't get to watch all of it but I was gutted when I heard the end result," Niamh explained. "I play ladies' football myself so I really feel for all the players.

"You only get one chance every year to get into an All Ireland Final and it looked like they were going to do it this year.

"People always ask me if I'm related to Jason Sherlock but to the best of my knowledge there's no connection. Maybe if I go back far enough through my family tree I'll find some link," she added.

Niamh was the eighth Rose to take to the stage last night and admits it was a great relief to be chosen for the first selection night.

The bubbly brunette also believes that her mother, who died tragically eight years ago from a heart attack, was watching over her when she completed her small-screen interview.

According to the Make-A-Wish charity worker: "I was 18 when my mum passed away and never have I felt her presence more than over the past week of the festival.

"I know she was looking out for me before I went up there. Lots of her extended family came to support me so I have plenty of people cheering me on both nights.

"My boyfriend Brian Doyle has also been here since last Friday. He's been getting on great with my escort, Neil Donohoe, as they're both from Wicklow and both play football," she added.