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Ballymun celebrate 'emotional' Evening Herald final triumph

HAIL the Kickhams Kings. The Ballymun Boys are back in town.

Champions of Dublin for the third time and for the first time in over a quarter of a century.

They had a point to spare over Kilmacud Crokes in a spell-binding contest before a huge crowd in Parnell Park last night.

It was one of the best Evening Herald Dublin SFC finals of the modern era, and it certainly matched the drama of the 2008 two-game final between Crokes and Plunkett's.

"It was an extremely emotional night for the club. This year some people passed on who were very important in the club and we mentioned that before the game," revealed Ballymun manager, Paul Curran.

"It's 23 years since they were in a final. This is a marvellous achievement. But the lads deserve it. They are just so committed."

The Ballymun Braves will now get ready for their Leinster adventure where they'll play Mullingar Shamrocks.

"It's a big honour for us to be representing Dublin, and we'll prepare as well for Leinster as we did for the Dublin championship," says Paul.

"We'll enjoy this success for a day or two, but then it's back to the training field, and planning how we'll approach the Mullingar game.

"It is going to be difficult having to play them in their own back yard. They beat the current Leinster champions, Garrycastle, and they showed a lot to beat them in a replay, so we know what to expect, but we'll look forward to it."

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