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Mobhi Road runner Senan finally calls it a day as Na Fianna claim AFL crown

SENAN CONNELL threw the gear bag into the back of the car and drove down the lane at Balgriffin last Sunday. A Na Fianna senior footballer for the last time.

He left the stage with perfect timing - Na Fianna's first AFL Division 1 title since 1979. Senan had come on with 10 minutes left. They proved vital minutes for the Glasnevin side. His guile proved valuable.

At the height of his game, Senan was the fittest footballer in Ireland. Deep defence to the edge of the square in a heartbeat.

He was on the Na Fianna three-in-a-row team of 1999, 2000 and 2001. He played with some top footballers - Kieran McGeeney, Mick Galvin, Dessie and Jayo. Senan was up there with them all. He was also a decorated Dub. And he helped Na Fianna to Leinster gold.

At St Declan's, he was boy and man. 1983 All-Ireland winner, John Caffrey, is a teaching colleague there.

It was John's brother, Pillar, that managed Na Fianna to the three-in-a-row. John served as a selector.

They could always rely on Mr 100 per cent. The Mobhi Road runner. Now a star of the small screen. Forever a star of Dublin's fields of dreams.