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Dubs boss Pat shows the lads how it's done as heroes play charity match

DUBLIN manager Pat Gilroy rolled back the years last night as he took to the pitch in the blue and navy.

Gilmore, whose future as Dublin boss is still unclear, decided to show his squad how it was done in the old days.

First, he played a 30-minute cameo during the traditional post All-Ireland charity match at Parnell Park -- and then he partied like it was 1995.

In a bizarre game against Kilmacud Crokes, the teams scored 14 goals as Dublin ran out out 8-3 to 6-4 winners.

There was also a pitch invasion at half-time as hundreds of youngsters jostled to get a picture taken with their idols.

"This is going to be great, I haven't slept or anything," said Paul Brogan as he signed autographs for adoring fans.

Ger Brennan stopped outside briefly to tell the Herald that Sunday's win still hasn't sunk in yet. "I'd say it'll take a few weeks at least," he said.

And just as the match began, Michael Fitzsimons arrived late -- running hurriedly towards the clubhouse.

"That's typical Mick for ya," laughed an injured Cian O'Sullivan as the Cuala man darted inside to get kitted out.

The high spirits continued after the game with a party first in St Vincent's GAA club and later a select few went back to Gilory's home.

Speaking at St Vincent's GAA club in Marino, Gilroy admitted that his voice "wasn't the best" after the last few days but he wanted to thank the fans for their great turnout on the night.

"It's great for the kids that we can bring Sam back here, especially the 17 or 18-year-olds who weren't around the last time it was won. I'm astounded by tonight's turnout," he said.

Gilroy was quickly followed by St Vincents' Ger Brennan, who said: "I hope everyone really enjoys the occasion, because this is potentially a once in a lifetime event."


Later, hundreds of fans waited upstairs in the club's bar to get a glimpse of the players, and the first to arrive on the scene were pals Paul Brogan, Michael Darragh McCauley, Darragh Nelson and Michael Fitzsimons.

As the foursome posed for pictures, McAuley admitted they were out "until all hours" in Dublin nightclub D-Two the night before.

The celebrations will continue tonight when the team will be among the guests of honour at the Guinness Arthur's Day party.