Tuesday 20 February 2018

With 'one maybe two hours sleep' the boys in blue arrive to a hero’s welcome at Crumlin Children’s Hospital

18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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With just “one maybe two hours sleep” the boys in blue arrived to a hero’s welcome at Crumlin Children’s Hospital holding the Sam Maguire.

Children and their parents jostled to see the All Ireland Champions.

Patrick Wheatley (10) was wearing a jersey covered in the signatures of last years champions.

"Whoever I didn't get last year can sign it now," he said.

There were cheers of "Up the Dubs" as the players made their way through the wards.

"It's a great way to bring the outside world into the kid’s reality," Teacher Fergal McNamara said. "It's a special day and a great tradition."

18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Dublin supporter Lacey Robinson, aged 5, from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin footballer Philip McMahon with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co. Kildare during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Dublin supporter Lacey Robinson, aged 5, from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players Evan Comerford, left, and Eoin Murchan pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players, from left, Evan Comerford, Brian Howard, Eoin Murchan, Philip McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Mark Schutte and Cillian O'Shea pictured with Mayo supporter Cathal Downey, aged 4, from Co Kildare and the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players Eoin Murchan, left, and Cillian O'Shea pictured with Freya Ruth, aged 8 months, from Tallaght, Dublin and her mother Leah during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
18 September 2017; Dublin players Mark Schutte, left, and Michael Fitzsimons pictured with Dublin supporter Milana Commons, aged 3, from Dublin and the Sam Maguire Cup during the All-Ireland Senior Football Champions visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

James McCarthy had "an hour or two" of sleep but was determined to visit the hospital.

"It means a lot to see the kids faces when they see the cup," he said. "It's very rewarding for all of us, we are delighted to be here.

“I’ve been to bed for an hour maybe two – sore head, sore body but delighted.”

David Linhguara (5) from Balbriggan was among those who greeted the players.

"He is so excited and it is such a great boost for everyone here - the parents and children," his mother Sarah said.

As he posed for selfies Philly McMahon said it was still taking time for the victory to sink in.

“Last night was good craic. I can’t tell you too much about it but yea it was a good night. I didn’t go to Coppers that’s my excuse. But it wasn’t an early night – I got home at six in the morning.”

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