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Heroic girls in blue must wait two weeks for Mansion House honour

THEY are the Dublin team who clinched an All-Ireland title, but Dublin's ladies' footballers have yet to be honoured at the Mansion House.

Lord Mayor Gerry Breen has been criticised for delays in organising a civic reception for the girls in blue immediately after their historic win.

The team, who thundered home to a victory over Tyrone to secure the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship title for the first time, have travelled around with the cup since the final on Sunday.

But many believe they should have been feted at the Mansion House this week, like the men's team would have been.

A representative for the Dublin ladies' Gaelic football team said they had been contacted by the office this week.

But there has been criticism that this is too little, too late.

"The Lord Mayor sent us a letter and said that there would be a civic reception held on Saturday October 16," said Patricia Monahan.

"Obviously it would have been nice to have something on the day after. But apparently the men's U21s are having a reception next week and they won back in May. So I suppose we are doing well."

Chris Andrews TD (FF) said it showed there was little grasp of the magnitude of their win.

"It just shows that women's sport is not as appreciated as men's," he said.

"Normally it would happen the night afterwards.

"When the Cork men won the All-Ireland, it lifted the mood in Cork.

"So far, we have just ignored the ladies in Dublin."

Dublin City Cllr Tom Brabazon (FF) said that he was so convinced of the win that he texted the Lord Mayor's office at half-time on Sunday.

"The Lord Mayor's office was on notice that this could happen -- they should have been ready and prepared for it," he said.

"If the Dublin men had won the All-Ireland, there would be a civic reception. I would have expected it on Monday."

Lord Mayor Gerry Breen said his office was arranging an official recognition for the team.

"I sent out a press release congratulating them on their win and we will be having a reception for them," Mr Breen said.

Last night the team made an open-top bus tour around several clubs, starting at Naomh Mearnog GAA club in Portmarnock before travelling onto St Brigid's on the Navan Road and concluding in Ballyboden St Enda's in Rathfarnham.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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