Thursday 18 January 2018

Dubs stars toast epic win on a night out with their Kerry rivals

Bernard Brogan in action against Kerry's Marc O Se
Bernard Brogan in action against Kerry's Marc O Se
Bernard Brogan and Marc O Se after the game
Dublin’s Paul Flynn (left) and Kevin McManamon, who scored the crucial goal, celebrate after one of the finest football games in Croke Park in recent years. Kerry succumbed to a seven-point defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final

By Eimear Rabbitte

GAA’s longest-running rivalry was put to bed on Sunday night – in a Dublin nightclub.

Dublin and Kerry players came face-to-face following their cracking All-Ireland semi-final battle on Sunday. But there were no hard feelings.

Following on from their bruising victory over the Kingdom, the Dublin squad let their hair down at city centre haunt the Grafton Lounge.

While the bar is a regular go-to area for the Boys in Blue, the lads were taken aback to find that they had company in the bar, from some of their Kerry rivals.

“The lads were really surprised to see the Kerry lads arrive in, but they all got on like a house on fire,” a source told the Herald.

“They were mingling with one another and players like Bernard Brogan and Kerry's Darran O'Sullivan were chatting away.

“It was a great night and most of them stayed until the end,” added the source.

While some of the Kerry players decide to make the long journey home, others marked the end of their championship run for 2013 in style.

“There were about eight or nine Kerry players in the club with most of the Dublin squad and they were pretty much there for the night.

“Bernard (Brogan) left early because he was tired after the game,” added the source.

The race is on for tickets after Dublin set up a mouth-watering final tie with Mayo, who beat them in last year's All Ireland semi-final. And Croke Park is expecting this year's drive for tickets to be greater than ever.

Ticket allocations for the final are only available through GAA clubs and county boards.

Clubs will not find out their ticket allocation until the week of the game.

“The demand for tickets is going to one of the greatest ticket drives we have ever seen,” communications manager for Croke Park Alan Milton told the Herald.

“Dublin always generate huge interest, but Mayo are also known for their massive support.

“We will have people travelling home from all over the world to see the game so tickets will be very hard to come by,” Mr Milton added.

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