Wednesday 21 March 2018

Watch: 'We know the pain of defeat, it can be overcome' - Sinead Aherne's All-Ireland winning speech

Pictured at the media day is Dublin's Sinead Aherne. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Pictured at the media day is Dublin's Sinead Aherne. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dublin All-Ireland winning captain Sinead Aherne offered her support to Mayo after the Jacks 12-point win over the Westerners in Sunday's All-Ireland Ladies Football final at Croke Park.

Late goals from substitute Sarah McCaffrey and Carla Rowe helped Dublin snap a run of three consecutive All-Ireland final losses as Aherne and her side finally secured the Brendan Martin Cup.

The St Sylvester’s forward enjoyed an incredible game where she kicked nine of Dublin's 11 points, but in her victory speech after the game she thanked everyone from the GAA to Dublin's past management teams, while also offering her support to a distraught Mayo side.

"I'd like to acknowledge the enormous work done by all at the executive in a totally voluntary manner, and who do so as genuine football fans," said Aherne.

"A massive thank you also to our sponsors, particularly AIG and O'Neills for all your support. To the supporters who came here today, thank you for coming out today and generating that energy all throughout the game.

"I'd also like to acknowledge the support of our clubs, but not just the clubs in Dublin and Mayo, but all throughout the country whose players came out in huge numbers to support Ladies football today in Croke Park.

"To Mayo, I can only say that we've been where you are now. We know the pain of defeat but we also know that it can be overcome. We expected a massive challenge today and you challenged us at every step. We know that you'll be back here again soon."

Watch the full speech below:

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