Dublin manager Mick Bohan paid tribute to the senior players in his squad, as the Girls in Blue claimed a historic three-in-a-row at Croke Park.
In difficult conditions, the Jackies took a two point lead into half-time, with both sides managing just one score each in the first period, though Dublin's was a goal from Sinead Goldrick.
Green flags were crucial for the winners, and Hannah O'Neill's palmed effort, after great work from Lyndsey Davey, gave them breathing space going down the stretch.
Davey, one of the survivors from 2004 when these counties last clashed in the final, was awarded the player of the match.
"I thought the old guard were outstanding, and when you talk about going into the trenches, that's where they showed their real character," Bohan told RTÉ Sport's Siobhan Madigan.
"The young guns, it’s an exciting journey for them, what they’re learning off the elder stateswomen in our camp is very, very special."
"We're incredibly proud of this bunch. It’s been an amazing weekend in the city. We’re proud of our sons yesterday, and we’re proud of our daughters today."
As a spectacle, the game might not be well remembered as both sides hit poor wides in wet and windy conditions. But Bohan said Galway also made it difficult for his team.
"You'd have to hand a huge amount of plaudits to Galway for the way they set-up. They made it very difficult for us to play. That’s part of what you’re supposed to do.
"I think it was a war out there, and we won the war. They won an awful lot of the dirty battles."
Dublin had won just one All-Ireland title before Bohan returned as manager, and had lost three finals on the bounce.
Since his arrival, they've managed to claim all three championships, but the Clontarf clubman was quick to play down his role in their success afterwards.
"Realistically, all you’re trying to do from my end, is facilitate players to be the best they possibly can."
Watch highlights of the final later on the Sunday Game (9.30pm) on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player.