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Healy stayed up to watch match

THE time difference didn't stop true blues on the Irish rugby team from watching the historic win.

Prop Cian Healy (inset below) stayed up late to watch a live online stream of the match, which started at 2.30am New Zealand time, and said his "heart was pounding" watching the nail-biting game.

"Yes yes yes yes! Go on the Dubs! This is bloody awesome!" he said online.

"Ah Jesus I've to attempt to sleep after this! Not gonna happen... at least we have no training tomorrow!"

And the Leinster star said that he was a schoolmate of Dublin number 6 Ger Brennan.

McCarthy the 'lucky charm'

DUBLIN football newcomer Michael McCarthy says he was the lucky charm that got the team to the All-Ireland Finals last night.

"It's so unbelievable to have this win. I only made the panel four months ago. All the boys keep saying I brought a bit of luck. I'm like a lucky charm," he said.

Despite bringing some luck to the team, Michael (22) has quite a strong Kerry background but still wasn't put off by yesterday's game.

"My mum and dad are both from Kerry. My uncle used to be the Kerry selector in 2002 and my cousin is on the Kerry panel. But there's no conflict of interest. I got texts saying no hard feelings," he said.

City businesses are winners too

DUBLIN businesses are the other big winners after yesterday's historic All-Ireland final win.

Thousands of Dubliners are expected to line out in the city tonight to hail the team's heroic efforts at Croke Park.

And the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said it is expecting the next few days to provide a "major boost" to the city.

"At this point it's hard to put a figure on it but we absolutely expect businesses throughout the city to benefit greatly from the celebrations," said the Chamber's spokesperson Patrick King.

"The win has given the entire city a great confidence boost which will see people socialising out in the city throughout the week."