KEEP Sunday, September 29 free, for that’s the date when Dublin fans will get their chances to celebrate again as the homecoming for both the 2019 All-Ireland mens and ladies champions.
The Dublin senior men’s team bagged a historic six-point win over Kerry in the All-Ireland football final on September 14, making it their fifth win in a row. On September 15, the Dublin senior women’s team won their third All-Ireland ladies final in a row.
Dublin City Council has confirmed that a joint homecoming for the two teams will be held on September 29 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Merrion Square.
Speaking to RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe said: “I woke up this morning to a city exhausted by victory.
two great matches on one weekend
“We had a really amazing weekend of football, both in the men’s and the ladies. I’m not sure we would have welcomed the replay for the mens’ when it happened but it gave us the opportunity to have those two great matches on one weekend.”
Mr McAuliffe said he was “always determined” that there would be equal celebrations for both the men’s and the ladies teams.
In previous years, the homecoming for the Dublin men’s team has been held within days after the win. However, this years will see celebrations taking place two weeks later.
Speaking about why the decision was made to hold off until September 29, Mr McAuliffe said they wanted both teams to be involved in the celebrations and due to the replay “a number of people … had holidays booked and other arrangements”.
“We’ve done this in full consultation with the Dublin County Board and the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association. We’ve offered the homecoming and that was the date that we were able to agree on,” Mr McAuliffe said.
Let’s celebrate so, big time!