THERE was a distinctive chill in the North County. The St Margaret's shop was doing a brisk trade.
Dublin royalty was in the house -- Jimmy Gray. And also a Heffo hero, Paddy O'Reilly. Paddy's daughter, Ciara, manages Na Fianna. Paddy is her co-pilot.
Everybody was well wrapped up. But this Senior 1 League final wasn't wrapped up until Paul Flanagan blew the final whistle.
Na Fianna had beaten Lucan Sarsfields, 1-11 to 0-11. It was level five times, four in the first half.
Na Fianna last took Division 1 gold in 1991. "It was such a tight match," stated Ciara O'Reilly. "The wind played a big part in it."
With the breeze that blew into the scoreboard end, Lucan led by a point going in for the Bovril, 0-8 to 0-7.
The majestic Mairi Moynihan was in superb form. In the hour, she hit nine points, all from the placed ball.
The first score of the game came from All-Star nomination, Muireann O'Gorman. The most telling moment came from footballing All-Star, Mary Nevin. With the sides still tied, Mary raced clear and sent a stinging shot high to the left in the 45th minute.
Joelenne Hoary showed the pace of Frankel down the left. The sliotar fell to Emma Flanagan who unleashed a belter. McInerney remarkably got a stick on it.
After 57 minutes on the clock, there was just a goal between them.
From there till closing time, Lucan threw everything at the Glasnevin gate except the Spa Hotel. But the brave Na Fianna wore their heads, and their hurls, on their hearts.