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Vintage times for super Vins


 Ger Brennan, the St Vincent's captain. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ger Brennan, the St Vincent's captain. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ger Brennan, the St Vincent's captain. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

VINNIE'S in the rare new times. Molly Malone blasted around Croke Park. So did Dearg Doom. Eamon Carr on drums.

There was the now famous banner of Heffo in the Lower Deck of the Cusack Stand.

Blue and white magic at the end of the hour.

St Vincent's have won more Dublin Senior Football Championships than anybody else, and after their third victory, they now top the poll of Dublin clubs in the All-Ireland series.

Ger Brennan was the leader of the pack. The go-to man. Always available to receive the ball. Sometimes in the tightest corner of the yard.

Always willing to provide a team-mate with an option. And then, with a shimmy or two, he makes room for the pass. And on goes the Marino Waltz.


Diarmuid Connolly's performance came from Planet Hollywood. He was submerged in congratulations at the finish.

So much so that he didn't make it over to the TG4 stand to collect his man-of-the-match accolade.

Tommy Conroy did the honours. Tommy was modest in victory. His expression hasn't changed since Vincent's beat Cuala in the first round of the Championship last May.

A good job he didn't do a Gordon D'Arcy and grow a beard. It was a long season!

It was all about the team. And just like Ireland in Paris, every Vincent's hero went quietly about their work.

It was a wonderful occasion at HQ. Club final day is often family day.

Hector was at large. There was no lack of entertainment, on or off the pitch. Plenty of reading in the programme. The smell of burgers.

Mount Leinster Rangers did a lap of honour. They'll remember this campaign forever.

Joe Canning put a smile on the sliotar. And had a half-smile himself when Hawkeye confirmed that there is no need to make an appointment with Specsavers.

From JC to DC, it was super value in Dublin's Fair City. A pick and mix delight.

And, no doubt, the legendary Captain Christy, the guardian of Páirc Naomh Uinsionn, had a sweet for everybody in the audience.