David Clifford is not only the biggest GAA player in Kerry but also the entire country and draws a lot of attention these days no matter where he is.
For that reason it will come as no surprise to people that the 23-year-old faced a "stampede" from young fans in the aftermath of his club Fossa's Junior Premier Championship group game win against Castlegregory at the scenic Pairc an Caisleain on Sunday.
Aoife Dowd captured the brilliant scenes that followed the final whistle of the Fossa-Castlegregory match, as adoring fans of Clifford stormed the pitch.
A stampede for David Clifford pic.twitter.com/y2PfBcfr9h
— Aoife Dowd (@aoifedowd) August 14, 2022
Supporters of both clubs plus anyone holidaying on the Dingle peninsula had the luxury of watching the best gaelic footballer in the world play the game in majestic conditions in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Fossa won on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-10 with David and his brother Paudie playing an integral part in the team's success.
The King 🤴 David Clifford in beautiful Castlegregory today with Fossa. Unreal setting and many excited kids and grown ups holidaying in West Kerry met saw the best footballer in Ireland up close @Castlegregorgaa @FossaGaa @Kerry_Official #Davidclifford #Kerry #Castlegregory pic.twitter.com/hQ2WsZg9Wn
— Feirtèir 💚💛 (@NFeirteir) August 14, 2022
He’s in the middle of this mob here!!😀 pic.twitter.com/CjUUxLShgJ
— Sean Mac Donnchadha (@seanmac67) August 14, 2022
One of the most common gripes with the split season is that it prevents fans from watching their heroes tog out. Scenes like these on Sunday are a timely reminder that Ireland's brilliant gaelic footballers can be watched most weekends, playing the game they love for their parish. It's clear that young people are still eager to get out and see there heroes don their club jerseys.
It has been a fantastic season for the Clifford's as Kerry won their first All-Ireland title since 2014 last month.
David won The Sunday Game Man of the Match award after an excellent display for the Kingdom.
Just one week on from their epic win against Galway, David and Paudie were back in club action as Fossa played Listowel Emmetts.
The night before, the team were in Dingle as they continued to celebrate and bring Sam Maguire around the county.
David delivered a superb performance scoring 1-9, including this one:
7 days ago he wins an All Ireland watched by over 1million, today he’s lining out for his club Fossa in the Junior Club Championship in front of a a couple of hundred, standing closer to the action than the management teams! What an amazing sport we have! @TomasORuanaidh pic.twitter.com/cmjRNUyY05
— James Mannion (@James_mannion96) July 31, 2022
Fossa won comfortably with Paudie also getting his name on the scoresheet.