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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C
# a sort of homecoming
Dublin's All Ireland homecoming turned into a bit of a singsong
Thousands of supporters gathered at Smithfield Plaza this afternoon for a chance to acclaim their heroes.

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DUBLIN’S ALL IRELAND homecoming had a lot of novelty about it this afternoon – not least because it was held on a Sunday afternoon as opposed to the usual Monday.

Thousands of fans packed into Smithfield Plaza in the north inner city and were kept waiting a while before their heroes came on stage.

Robbie Hall and son Luke Hall Tommy Dickson / INPHO Robbie Hall and son Luke (8) Tommy Dickson / INPHO / INPHO

Shane Peppard waits on the players Tommy Dickson / INPHO Dubs fan Shane Peppard feeling blue Tommy Dickson / INPHO / INPHO

Dublin’s one-point victory over Mayo yesterday saw them enter the history books as the first team from the capital to retain the All Ireland in 39 years.

And it’s been one long party since 7pm yesterday.

Earlier in the day the Dublin players took the Sam Maguire cup to Crumlin Children’s Hospital as a treat for the sick kids.

This evening’s festivities, with RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey as MC, turned into something of a singsong with stars Dean Rock and Kevin McManaman among those to belt out a few bars to the adoring masses.

It’s been quite the year for the unbeaten team from the capital and it ended the best possible way.

Now they just have to go and do it all again.

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Read: Johnny Doyle: Fantastic Dublin, Mayo agony and wrong black card calls

Read: The Dubs visited Temple Street and Crumlin this morning – but not everyone was smiling

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