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Gallery a picture of joy

DUBLIN captain, Elaine Gallery, climbed the steps of the stand at Donaghmore Ashbourne on Sunday afternoon.

The first national title to come to the capital this year has been brought home by the camogie girls.

The climate change brought an outpouring of goodwill, and began a search into the record books.

The last time the Dubs won a National League title was back in 1987 when they secured Division 2.

"It's such a long time since Dublin last won a Cup, and for me it's a huge honour to be leading these girls back up here to collect it," announced Elaine.

Afterwards, it was revealed that the Anne Naughton-Morris Trophy would be having a pit-stop in Copper's before settling down by the Liffey for the summer. Dublin took the chalice, 1-6 to 0-5. Carlow had the better start. But once Dublin settled, they were off and sprinting. It was close for the hour. Both defences earned their high-tea.

Carlow had aces in Niamh Quirke and Emma Brennan. Dublin's Deirdre Johnston was outstanding. Carol Anne Canning ran the Dublin Marathon ... and the London one too.

Dublin led at half-time, 0-4 to 0-3, their scores coming from Gallery (free), Joelenne Hoary ('45'), Canning and another Hoary free.

The Dublin 'keeper, Stephanie Carthy, made some telling saves and won the player of the match award.

Carlow levelled in the second half. Hoary converted another free. And then came the golden goal on 40 minutes as, from the edge of the square, Laoise Quinn swept in - 1-5 to 0-4 for Dublin.

Carlow came back with another score. It was their last.

Gallery's point from play lit the candles on the cake.

DUBLIN: S Carthy (Naomh Mearnóg); G Free (Trinity Gaels), D Johnston (St Vincent's), G Ryan (Na Fianna); C McGough (Kilmacud Crokes), S Duff (Good Counsel), E O'Brien (Na Fianna); E Keatley (Craobh Chiaráin), N Drummond (St Vincent's); M Dunne (Crumlin), C Canning (St Vincent's), G Smyth (St Jude's); L Berkeley (St Vincent's), E Gallery (Portobello), J Hoary (Good Counsel). Subs used: L Quinn (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), K Mulvey (Whitehall Colmcille).