There were scenes of joy on the streets of the capital this morning when the Sam Maguire Cup was paraded before bemused commuters and tourists.
The party went on all night for the Dubs, with the city’s heroes still grinning from ear to ear after victory in Croke Park.
Capel Street was the place to be this morning, as The Boar’s Head once again became the watering hole for the winners.
Captain Stephen Cluxton, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Michael Fitzsimons, and Paddy Andrews were all full of cheer as they posed for pics and selfies for the fans who had turned up to take part in the celebrations.
Everyone wanted to get their hands on Sam, and the team didn’t disappoint – sharing him around and cheering like he was an old pal who had been lost but found again.
Cars beeped horns, buses slowed down, and cyclists and pedestrians did double-takes as they made their way to work, many probably a bit the worse for wear after their own celebrations last night.
Michael Darragh MacAuley told the Herald he had got a bit of sleep last night, but the focus for all the team was on celebrating the win.
Back in the Gibson Hotel, where the team dinner took place last night, members of Jim Gavin’s army were busy doing interviews and trying to get a much-needed breakfast in.
Gentlemen to the last, they were trying to please everyone ahead of their own needs.
Ciaran Kilkenny was limping, but smiling all the same.
“The calf muscles are a bit tight. The conditions were unbelievable – it was very slippy, but a good game and a good battle,” he said.
Philly McMahon looked like he could run out and do it all again today if he had to.
He said last night’s party was a good one and that it was good to see all his team-mates relax after a tough championship.
“It was all worth it when you wake up as an All-Ireland champion,” he said.
Then there was the cliams of an alleged eye-gouging incident on Kieran Donaghy.
“The conditions were poor and I was trying to get the ball, and Kieran Donaghy is not a small player and I was trying to get around him,” he said.
“The Kerry boys are humble and we like to think part of our game culture is humility.
“We go to battle on the pitch and after the game we shake hands and that’s it until next year,” he added.
“We go to battle all the time and that’s why I love the sport.”
Separately, the celebrations were a little intense for one man in his 20s who decided to take a late night swim in the Liffey.
The alarm was raised at about 1am and emergency services were called. The uninjured man was removed from the water and was arrested under the Public Order Act.
Back at the Boar’s Head, the Sam Maguire was packed away ready for its next journey – to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.
From here, the cup will make its way to schools and GAA clubs all over the capital.
The drought was long enough between 1995 and 2011, but after three wins in five years victory is as sweet as ever.
Last night the party got started at The Gibson Hotel in Dublin as the county’s senior footballers celebrated winning their third All-Ireland title in five years.
The players were in high spirits as they arrived shortly after 7pm to rapturous applause from staff and a small contingent of loyal supporters.
After a brief chat with fans and a drinks reception, the players changed into their suits and dined in style with more than 400 family members, partners and friends.
Ice-cold bottles of beer on arrival and a free bar for the players ensured the celebrations kicked off in style.
Hotel manager Nick Logue pulled out all the stops to guarantee the team and their company were well looked after, with executive head chef Nicholas Wollard preparing smoked salmon and prawns, sirloin steak and a trio of desserts.
Dublin coach Jim Gavin told the Herald of his pride in the panel and spoke highly of the fans.
“Winning the Sam Maguire obviously means a lot for the team. We only ask that they go out and be the best they can be and that’s what they did, so I’m proud, to say the least,” he said.
Dublin fans in The Boars Head pub, Dublin after winning the Sam Maguire Cup
“The support we had from the stands, even driving to Croke Park through Fairview, there were people lined up along the streets in their Dublin jerseys cheering us on,” he said.
“In the last 15 minutes of the game, when we were being asked questions by Kerry, I think our supporters carried us on and we are eternally grateful for that.
“It’s a great time in the players’ lives and we need to cherish the moment, so it’s going to be a good night.”
Young forward Cormac Costello described how the All-Ireland date was all the squad had been thinking about since last year’s semi-final exit at the hands and feet of Donegal.
“It’s unbelievable – to win is something special,” he said. “The support also helped us big time. When you need a roar from the crowd they’re there to push you on,.
“I’m looking forward to just soaking it all in. I’ll take each moment as it comes and then go back to the clubs and take it from there.”
Proud siblings Ann-Marie and Aoibheann Flynn expressed their joy for their brother Paul as well as another family member who was on the winning Dublin panel.
“We’re unbelievably proud, he’s our baby brother, and we’re over the moon,” said Ann-Marie.
“We’re equally proud because Darren Daly is our brother-in-law – it brings the whole family together and we’re just super-proud,” said Aoibheann.
Sarah and Darren Daly at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
It emerged last night that Clontarf man Jack McCaffrey nearly didn’t make the team after suffering a gastric bug for three days which left him on a drip for a 24 hours.
The Dublin wing back was inspirational, and former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey said he was amazed he made the starting 15.