I well remember 2014. And the nasty cow from Donegal who had my then 9 year old in tears with her behaviour. I put my arm around him and told him not to mind her. That we’d have days like this and would have to grin and bear it but it would make the winning days sweeter. I looked at him a few moments later and the tears were gone.
Little did I know then what the next 5 years would bring. The tears have had no reason to even return. Before every final I take a picture of him in the house with his ticket before we leave. It is a great way to watch him grow … and what a time it has been.
He is 14 and has seen Dublin win 5 in a row and 6 in total - he was too young to bring in 2011. But what a time to be a Dublin GAA supporter - young or old.
Last night was the icing on the cake for me. I don’t mind what happens from here on. I have had the absolute privilege of watching this team all this decade. Watching these men grow too. Bring Dublin from a sympathy case to be the preeminent force in Gaelic football. A team that brings pride, honour and sheer joy to this city and county of ours.
A manager who has imbued the team with real values; humility, selflessness and respect. The success has been unprecedented and glorious but the manner in which it has been achieved has added to it. Dublin always like to do things in style, history is important and this team has honored all that history and tradition and how.
In a year we lost Anton, as I wrote at the time of his funeral, these men stand on the shoulders of giants and are true, true giants themselves.
We cannot thank all of them enough for what they have done. Their deeds will stay with us forever - what memories to have!
What are your particular favourite ones?