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Heffo hero O'Reilly says win one of Dublin's 'sweetest'



HEFFO hero Paddy O'Reilly says the spirit in the Dublin camp should be bottled.

"A certain man remarked during the year that Dublin are perennial bottlers," commented Paddy.

"But they certainly showed plenty of bottle yesterday. I think it's one of the sweetest victories we have ever had.

"It's so well deserved for the group that's there. They have endured hard times over the years.

"Dublin winning will be a huge boost to the GAA nationally. And it will do wonders for the game in the county."

Paddy praised the temperament of goalkeeper, Stephen Cluxton. "He must be the coolest man in Ireland. He's just unreal.

"It was incredible the way in which he slotted over the winner.

"Late on I think the Kerry legs were gone. They weren't able to break the tackles and they were unable to get through our fellas."


ON the lap of honour, the Dublin players took the time out to salute Pillar Caffrey and Davy Billings.

"Pillar and Davy were part of the journey. It just didn't happen in one or two years. So many people in Dublin have been working for a long time for this," reflected Pillar's brother, John, who won Sam in 1983.

"The Dublin people have been supporting the Dubs for years, and for the team to turn it around like they did makes it all worthwhile.

"The lads just grafted and grafted. I think we wanted it a bit more than Kerry. But, in fairness, the Kerry people were very sporting at the end.

"It was so emotional. To beat Kerry in the All-Ireland final, in the last 10 minutes, put years on everyone. The squad really deserve it. They have put in some amount of work.

"There was such tension near the end. And for it all to come down to the last kick of the game was unreal. It must have been a dream come true for Stephen Cluxton.

"He has had some year of it."


YOU ain't seen nothing yet -- they are the bold sentiments of Dublin Cumann na mBunscol supremo, Jerry Grogan.

"I had never experienced anything like the build-up to the game. Imagine what it's going to be like this week," declared Jerry.

"It's a huge boost to the schools and the clubs. The kids will be queuing up to join clubs now.

"It's massive for the capital. None of the children would remember '95, so this is a whole new experience for them.

"Dublin was buzzing all week. We sold more forecast cards than we ever did before. The kids were so aware of the game."

Every Dublin player progressed through the Cumann na mBunscol system. "I was just saying to Bernard Brogan yesterday that I took a picture of himself and Alan the first time Alan played in Croke Park," said Jerry.

"I'm from Kerry myself, but I'm delighted for Dublin.

"It is fantastic for the city."