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Ciaran Whelan Near Tears As He Salutes His Fellow Countymen

Ciaran Whelan Near Tears As He Salutes His Fellow Countymen

The Dubs have made history. What an incredible achievement and what an incredible two matches to round it off. As the last ten minutes ticked down it seemed like we were all on the cusp of history.

On the field, the Dublin players worked themselves to the bone, throwing bodies in the way of everything that moved. In the RTÉ studio, Ciaran Whelan was no doubt filled with pride. When the final whistle came and they came back to the RTÉ panel, Whelan was beaming, remembering all those who have gone before.

You go back to the forefathers of Dublin football. The Heffernans in the 50s, Mickey Whelan in the 60s...

'Blue Panther' Anton O'Toole in the 70s, Mullins, Keaveney - they set the foundations for these guys. They were looked up to and they [current players] wanted to follow.

He then paid tribute to the lads on the pitch today:

We went through the dark days but then along came a special group of players, combined with legends like Stephen Cluxton who transformed the game. The Kilkennys, the O'Callaghans, the Fentons.

I knew those guys were hurting after the last day. Brilliant brilliant game and brilliant piece of history.

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Elsewhere GAA fans across Twitter paid tribute to a special team.

See Also: Tributes Pour In After Dublin Seal Historic Five-In-A-Row

Mark Farrelly
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Balls Media Audience Development Manager. Former Miss World 1997 contestant.

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