Dublin All-Ireland champions take time out at Crumlin Children's Hospital
The glory days have truly begun for the 2013 All-Ireland football champions as the Dublin team were met with cheers, whistles and plenty of smiling faces at the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin this morning.
A group of team members including Ger Brennan, Jack McCaffrey, Paul Flynn and Player of the Year Michael MacAuley jumped off the bus outside the Dublin hospital holding the much-coveted Sam Maguire above their shoulders.
The boys cited excitement for their tiredness but were still in top form as they chatted with parents and knelt down beside kids for photos.
Next stop was the St Michael’s Ward playroom where the players, after some of them had to be lead away from the toys, posed for a few photos with the cup and brothers Victor (18 months) and Nicholas (six months) Clarke.
A grinning Jack McCaffrey said the winning feeling had indeed sunk in.
“We had a bit of time on the bench in the second half to just look around and take it all in,” he smiled.
A first time All-Ireland winner, McCaffrey might have a whole lot more to take in this evening as the team are expected to take to the Homecoming stage in Merrion Square at 7pm.
It was more than the players’ excitement that left a mark at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin this morning. Michael MacAuley also left an imprint of his hand-prints on a clay platter that will be auctioned off for the hospital at a later date.