JACK McCaffrey says winning another men’s All-Ireland title is “incredible” after the Clontarf clubman earned his fifth All-Ireland senior football medal, following Saturday’s final replay win over Kerry at Croke Park.
Speaking at the team hotel, the morning after Dublin’s latest All-Ireland success, McCaffrey says an All-Ireland win is a special feeling.
“There’s a deep, deep satisfaction that kind of starts seeping in today and permeates throughout the winter,” he said.
“It’s a good day to wake up! We have been lucky enough to win a couple of these now. Out on the pitch yesterday, the emotion was just palpable in the stadium; it was just exceptional.
“I can only speak for myself personally, but the whole ‘five-in-a-row’ jazz didn’t really kick in at any point this year – it didn’t land.
“But, after the game, to just see the people – the Dublin fans that you know from either playing with Dublin, or your personal life that you have met throughout the years and how much it means to them is very difficult to describe.”
Raheny’s Brian Howard played a solid part in this win, and was thrilled to be involved.
“The feeling obviously, it gets better and better every year,” he said.
“Now it’s only starting to set in what we have really achieved and the fun can begin now!
“At half-time going in with a drawn game it was nerve-wracking stuff, but we knew if we stuck to our game-plan that we would have enough in the end, thankfully we did.”
The day after an All-Ireland win is always a special one with the team visiting the Children’s Hospital’s in Crumlin and Temple Street.
Howard said it was great to bring the Sam Maguire Cup to the hospitals
“It’s the bit that the players look forward to, coming here and sharing it with all of the children. It’s amazing, and the staff that do so much in these hospitals all around the country, they deserved this as well.
“It’s a huge honour and I love doing it.”
A day later, the Dublin women completed their piece of history with a third successive ladies Gaelic football All-Ireland success. It was a real battle, played in drenched conditions with Dublin prevailing 2-3 to 0-4.
“That was an absolute war out there today. And all the scraps, but if you look at the key scraps in that game they were won by the older players,” said manager Mick Bohan.
“When you talk about developing people for the world, for so many different skillsets. I look around our camp at the moment and see those leaders. That is what they do. They do that in so many ways night after night.