Thursday 23 November 2017

'It still hasn't sunk in' - Dublin players keep the party going after three-in-a-row victory

Hugh Hourican owner of The Boars Head on Capel St with All Ireland Winners Paddy Andrews and Eoghan O’Gara .
Hugh Hourican owner of The Boars Head on Capel St with All Ireland Winners Paddy Andrews and Eoghan O’Gara .
Dublin fans at the Boars Head on Capel St.
Dublin fans at the Boars Head on Capel St.
Dublin fans at the Boars Head on Capel St.
Hugh Hourican owner of The Boars Head on Capel St with All Ireland Winners Paddy Andrews and Eoghan O’Gara .
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Dublin's three in a row victory was celebrated all over the capital into the small hours, and beyond.

Rumours of where team members were celebrating were doing the rounds from dawn, but one watering hole where there was a guaranteed sighting of the stars was the Boar's Head on Capel Street.

Dublin fans at the Boars Head on Capel St.
Dublin fans at the Boars Head on Capel St.

It started as a one-off back in 2011 when the boys in blue won after a long drought.

But the corner pub near the Liffey is now a tradition for some of the players when it comes to post-match celebrations.

Paddy Andrews, Eoghan O'Gara, Stephen Cluxton and Darren Daly all made an appearance and chatted with elated fans.

And when a 'travelling' Sam Maguire made an appearance there was loud cheers.

"Three in a row. It's fantastic. It still hasn't sunk in yet," Eoghan O'Gara told Independent.ie.

Commuters were doing double-takes passing by on the Luas and on the road, but it was all good natured fun.

The talk was already on the possibilities of a four-in-a-row too, with one fan turning to the pub's owner Hugh Hourican on his way out the door and saying: "See you next year!".

Speaking to Marty Morrissey on Morning Ireland today, Jim Gavin gave some insights into why he decided to select O'Gara in his starting team for the biggest game of the season, pointing to his training ground performance as what got him in the side.

"It was something different we went for," Gavin said.

"Eoghan has been playing really well in our internal games in training so that was a reflection of what he did. Over the expanse of the game we used a lot of players and the strength of the group is there willingness to do whatever it takes for the team. You could see that in the last quarter of the game when it was there to be won. Eoghan played his part and so did the guys who finished the game."

O'Gara and Paddy Andrews were replaced at the break by Diarmuid Connolly and Kevin McManamon, who both kicked crucial scores as Dublin edged Mayo at the death by 1-17 to 1-16.

"It's a special feeling. This year was unique, there are lots of new guys who are on the panel that weren't there last year. There were guys winning their first All Ireland yesterday and some guys winning their fifth," said match-winning hero Dean Rock.

"We probably under-performed in certain areas in the first half. We regrouped at half time and words were said. We managed to come out and play a bit better in the second half.

"The impact of the lads coming off the bench, everyone played a massive role."

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