Dublin captain Sinéad Aherne says she'll consider her future after captaining her side to All-Ireland glory for the fourth year in-a-row yesterday.

The Dubs turned a half-time deficit of a goal into a five-point winning margin at Croke Park as Aherne became the first player to skipper a county to four successive All-Ireland titles.

It marked the end of a 17th season in Blue for the St Sylvester's forward, but the circumstances around yesterday's game were significant.

She had to come off at half-time after carrying a hamstring injury into the game, but manager Mick Bohan, in an unusual step, re-introduced her for the final minute or so of the game.

At that stage Dublin were at least two scores clear and, as such, the game was finished as a contest.

"Sinéad, probably more so than anybody, epitomises what this group is about," said the Dublin manager afterwards.

"You don't always get an opportunity for sentiment to play a role in sport, but just for her to finish on the pitch today meant a lot to us as a group."

It sounded very much like Bohan was giving her a final runout in the Dublin jersey, but Aherne wasn't ruling out a return just yet.

"You'd have to ask Mick," was her response when asked why she was reintroduced for a brief cameo at the end.

"He told me to stay warm and we'll see what happens in terms of coming back in. I was feeling reasonably good at half-time, but obviously the longer you leave it the bigger the risk is.

"I'm just delighted for the girls, a super second-half performance after a pretty poor one in the first-half.

"I'm not sure (about the future), usually I say I'll think about it over Christmas, but that's coming around pretty quickly this year," she joked.

"I'll just give the body a bit of a rest and see next year. It's been such a bonus for us to play football this year and it will be a happy Christmas for us."