Monday 19 August 2019

Blue Monday: Dubs meet delighted fans ahead of date with destiny

Michael Darragh Macauley meets six-month-old Holly Collins. Photo: Arthur Carron
Michael Darragh Macauley meets six-month-old Holly Collins. Photo: Arthur Carron
Dean Rock and fan Amy Murphy (21) snap a selfie. Photo: Arthur Carron
Famous fan Tony Droughan (88) joins the delighted throng at Parnell Park. Photo: Arthur Carron
Supporters gather at the meet and greet at Parnell Park, Dublin. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Allison Bray

A torrential downpour didn't dampen the enthusiasm of more than 1,000 Dubs supporters who turned out in their droves last night to meet their heroes at Parnell Park.

Die-hard fan Tony Droughan (88), from Cabra, turned more than a few heads dressed in his signature 'Molly Malone' dress and curly blue wig.

"I've been going to see the Dubs for 79 years," the spry octogenarian told the Irish Independent.

"They call me 'the legend of the hill'," he said of his faithful post on Hill 16 at Croke Park.

Despite his long years following the Boys in Blue, he said he has never seen anything like Dublin winning four All-Ireland senior football finals in a row.

Mr Droughan, like most of the loyal fans at the annual meet and greet, was confident they will make history in their 'drive for five' when they take on Kerry on September 1.

"I really hope they make history, it would be great if they did," he said.

The Weldon family, from Swords, would be forgiven for being the envy of many of the rain-soaked fans who lined the pitch to take selfies and get autographs from their heroes.

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"We're guaranteed tickets," mother-of-three Emma Weldon (34) said as she proudly hoisted her five-week-old daughter into the arms of goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton.

"I wouldn't swap them for diamonds."

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