St Pat's captain Ian Bermingham was left drained and overjoyed after a hectic weekend ended with him lifting the FAI Cup and holding a new baby girl.

The Saints defeated Bohemians on penalties after an absorbing evening at the Aviva Stadium, allowing Bermingham to climb the steps and triumphantly raise the trophy.

It's Pat's first cup success since they beat Derry City in the 2014 decider, a game Bermingham also lined out in.

Sunday's clash was a tense, absorbing encounter but for Bermingham, events 48 hours previously

"It's just unbelievable, I can't really describe it to be quite honest with you," he told RTÉ Sport.

"All my dreams have come true this weekend. I had a little baby girl, Pippa, on Friday. I don't think I can beat this weekend ever, can I?

"Leah had her on Friday around 5 o'clock. I stayed there until they threw me out. I was back up on Saturday morning early and had to leave and meet the boys to prepare for the game. It was a mad few days but as I said all my dreams have come true in 48 hours. It's amazing."

It was a special day at Lansdowne Road as the crowd of over 37,000 people produced a brilliant atmosphere.

Bermingham said it was representative of a growing interest in the domestic game, and talked up the potential of some of the Saints' young guns to show the country exactly what they are capable of.

"Football in Ireland is starting to capture the imagination," he added. "The national team and Stephen Kenny going in there... I just think there is a bigger interest in the League of Ireland. You see players going on to bigger and better things.

"I don't want to big them up too much but we have a couple of young lads who can go on and get international honours, probably go on to the next level.

"The quality of the players in the league now, it’s a better league than the one I came into. Lads like Darragh Burns have no fear, they are exciting players. It’s capturing the imagination of people, who want to come and watch players like him.

"I hope it keeps growing and growing, it was a great atmosphere, hopefully it’s a sign of things to come and we can keep growing the attendances as it is a quality league."