Saturday 24 February 2018

Dublin All-Ireland champions take time out at Crumlin Children's Hospital

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

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.

22 September 2013; A general view of Dublin supporters celebrating their sides victory on Hill 16 after the game during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; A general view of Dublin supporters celebrating their sides victory on Hill 16 after the game during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin's Bernard Brogan celebrates with his nephew, Jamie, son of Alan Brogan, after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters Danielle Halton, left, Anthony Brennan and Amy Brennan, from Portmarnock, celebrate their sides victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters Anthony Brennan and Amy Brennan, from Portmarnock, celebrate their sides victory during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Dublin player, Philly McMahon, (29), celebrates with Bernard Dunne, right, after victory in the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Dublin supporters pictured during the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
22 September 2013; Ger Brennan, left, and Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Dublin player Ger Brennan celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup and Dublin supporters after victory over Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Dublin player Kevin McManamon celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
22/09/2013 Kevin Kelly & Una Kelly both from Kinnegad following the All ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin & Mayo in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
22/09/2013 Emma Garrett & Rachel Feeney both from Santry following the All ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin & Mayo in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
22 September 2013; Dublin supporter Ciara McComish, from Clontarf, cheers on her team during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin's Paddy Andrews celebrates with Bernard Dunne, a member of the Dublin backroom staff and former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion, after the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters, from Castleknock, Co. Dublin, left to right, Clodagh O'Mahony, Leah Hughes, and Fiona Waters ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin manager Jim Gavin celebrates with Philip McMahon after the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin and Mayo supporters watch the final minutes from Hill 16. GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Michael Darragh MacAuley after the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin's Philip McMahon, left, and Paul Flynn celebrate thier side's victory at the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates with Jonny Cooper at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 Sept 2013 Bernard Brogan celebrates goal. All Ireland Senior Football Championship final, Mayo v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
22 Sept 2013 GV of fans on Hill16. All Ireland Senior Football Championship final, Mayo v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
22 September 2013; Jonny Cooper, Dublin, celebrates at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Colin Brogan, Dublin, celebrates with his son Jamie after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters Keith McCarthy and Jason Weldy celebrate after Dublin won the GAA Senior Football All-Ireland Championship Final. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn

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.

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