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Flynn’s final pain

DUBLIN hero Paul Flynn has revealed how he played through the pain barrier to take on Kerry and fulfill his All-Ireland dream.

Flynn had a pain injection before the throw-in on a grade two hamstring tear, an injury which had cast doubt on his participation.

“I'm not going to lie to you but my hammer (hamstring) is probably off the bone at the moment,” he admitted to the Evening Herald. “I had to get an anaesthetic just to get onto the pitch.”

Flynn also spoke about his fears that he wouldn’t get to play in Sunday’s final as a result of his injury, which he picked up in Dublin’s semi-final win over Donegal.


“It was one of the worst days of my life last Sunday when I thought I wasn't going to play in that game,”he said.

“It was a low point in my life and I was so down.

“Thanks be to the God the medical staff we have are incredible.”

The Fingallians attacker, who gleefully accepted the acclaim of 40,000 ecstatic supporters while arm-in-arm with his team mates in Merrion Square last night, ran himself into the ground before he was substituted for goal hero Kevin McManamon on 50 minutes.

“We're such a close team. That's why it's so special,” he added.