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Special event marks Dublin's All-Ireland triumph

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 10:26 | Comments

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton shows off the Sam Maguire Cup to the crowd in Merrion Square
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton shows off the Sam Maguire Cup to the crowd in Merrion Square

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An estimated crowd of 35,000 turned out for special event for All-Ireland Football champions Dublin took place at Merrion Square last night.

The homecoming was hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn and Dublin City Council to welcome Jim Gavin's men and Sam Maguire.

The Dubs beat Mayo in the final by 2-12 to 1-14 to claim a second title in three seasons.

Traffic restrictions  were in place around Merrion Square. Dublin City Council said it was an alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

At the same time Mayo's senior and minor football teams arrived home to a reception in Castlebar.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among the crowd at McHale Park as the teams were presented to supporters.

Senior captain Andy Moran and manager James Horan thanked fans for their support, before the victorious minors paraded the Tom Markham Cup on stage.

Minister of State Michael Ring appealed to the senior squad to "go at it for another year" and bring the title back to the county in 2014.

Mayo have not won the All-Ireland Football title since 1951 and Mayo County Council Chairman John O'Malley told the crowd that "America got Bin Laden, Mayo will get Sam Maguire". 

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