BERNARD Brogan told Dublin supporters he is set to sit down this week with manager Jim Gavin to ponder his future, as 16,000 Dubs fans gathered in Merrion Square for the official homecoming celebrations by Dublin City Council on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first time both the Senior Mens and Ladies Footballers shared the stage for such an event, with the Men celebrating their historic five-in-a-row All-Ireland success; and the Ladies being honoured after delivering All-Ireland silverware for the third year in-a-row for the first time.
“I was actually talking to Jim for the first time outside and I said that we would have a coffee during the week,” Brogan said on stage.
“I’m meeting Jim during the week and we’ll have a chat. It’s been an amazing journey all the way, but we’ll see. We’ll chat with Jim. I’m not giving up yet, we are going to see how it happens during the week. I am very old, but we’ll see what happens during the week.”
Brogan said it was a great personal honour to be in the match-day 26 for the All-Ireland final, after being hampered with an injury during the year.
“I got injured badly last year and I tried really hard to get back for the championship. I got close. I got a few minutes against Roscommon.
“This year was about pushing on and trying to add value to the lads.
“We’ve got an amazing bunch of players and I was just trying to find a way of trying to add value and trying to get back on the pitch.
“I was delighted to get back in for the final and be there as an option if we needed it in the end, but the lads did a job and it’s been an amazing journey.”
Dublin ladies football manager Mick Bohan was thrilled to see both the men’s and women’s teams on stage with All-Ireland silverware.
“To the people of Dublin for coming out to support the men’s and women’s teams throughout 2019, a massive thank you,” he said.
“We are massively proud Dubs; we are proud to be bringing silverware back to our city, and representation means a huge amount to us.
“I can’t imagine this has ever happened anywhere else in the world before, where two sports teams of different genders, on the same podium and same day have been recognised by their people. To the people of Dublin thank you very much.
“When we took on this team we went on to strive as a group to represent Gaelic Games the Dublin way.
“I think this group have given an awful lot of entertainment to their people – something which we are hugely proud about.”
Sunday’s homecoming event, was hosted by Marty Morrissey and featured live music from Key West, Eoin Thomas and The Rising Sons.
Former Dublin football stars Charlie Redmond, Mickey Whelan, Ciaran Duff and Tommy Drumm were also interviewed on stage, while a specially commissioned video of Dublin wins and highlights from both the ladies and men’s matches were shown on the big screens.