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Vinnie's savour sweet All-Ireland success

ONE of Dublin's great gaelic football strongholds was celebrating last night after the team took home some really serious silverware.

The blue and white colours of St Vincent's added a special celebratory touch to the green of St Patrick's Day as the Dublin side were crowned All-Ireland club champions following a storming game in Croke Park.

All around Marino, Donnycarney and parts of Fairview the club colours fluttered proudly, signalling the latest success, in a roll of honour that goes back decades.

Vinnie's saw off a determined Castlebar Mitchels side and powered by Dublin star Diarmuid Connelly they came out on top 4-12 to 2-11.

"It's just magic,'' said former Dubs manager, player, and club stalwart, Pat Gilroy.

"It was an outstanding performance – the team showed serious pace throughout the game – and their work ethic over the last few months really paid off," he told the Herald.

"Diarmuid Connolly was exceptional – but there were so many others who delivered – when it mattered most."

It was a perfect day for football at GAA headquarters, and both sets of supporters were determined to have their voices heard, in what was a closely fought battle until well into the second half.

Fans of St Vincent's were kept on their toes throughout.

But the Dublin side's superior strength and class finally won the day.

At half time it was still nip and tuck with the teams firmly deadlocked at 2-3 to 0-9.

But it all came right in the end and the players marked their historic win with a celebratory meal and reception in Clontarf Castle.