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Success at last for Dubs

THE BOYS in blue haven't done it in 15 years -- so it was left to the Jackies to bring All-Ireland joy to the capital this year.

Today, fans of Dublin's Senior Ladies team can't stop smiling about being All-Ireland champs.

Since the ladies beat Tyrone to take home the title, they have been inundated with congratulatory messages and good wishes from dedicated GAA fans.

While tension may have been high among players ahead of the crucial match, fans have unleashed their support for the women in blue and taken to their online fan page to congratulate them.

"Well done to all the players and everyone involved in the Dub ladies. I was delighted to be in Croker today wearing a Dublin jersey, the girls did us proud. Enjoy all the celebrating, you all deserve it after so much work put in. Well done, up the Jackies," one fan wrote.

"Such a deserved win, girls -- Tyrone never ever came into it -- you dominated from the very start. Well done, we're so proud of you," another said.


Following yesterday's exciting win, captain Denise Masterson (31) said that the team was prepared to do whatever it took to take home the title.

"There's nothing we weren't going to do to win today," she said.

And she commented that the team "couldn't be stopped" as they were determined to do the business this year.

After a crushing defeat by Cork in last year's final, the top squad came back fighting and took down Tyrone in the process.

Masterson, who works full-time as a secondary school teacher, revealed prior to the match that students from her school St Michael's in Finglas would be coming to cheer her on.

"It's been a bit hectic settling back into school while training so I haven't had a spare minute" she admitted last week.

"Teaching is a great job during the summer and it's like you're semi-professional because you can relax after training. We train five nights a week in total but we don't mind the sacrifice."

Veteran player Noelle Comyn (41) knows the pain of losing all too well -- but promised that they still "had one big game" in them ahead of the match.

And how right she was.

With Junior, Intermediate and Senior titles up for grabs on All-Ireland final day, interest in ladies' football has reached an all-time high. There are more than 50 ladies' football clubs in Dublin and the senior team received a huge turnout as they made their bid for glory.

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