Dublin made history at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon when they defeated Kerry by 1-18 to 0-15 to secure their fifth All-Ireland title in a row.
After a replay was needed to separate the two sides a fortnight ago, Jim Gavin’s men ran out six point winners in another brilliant game at GAA HQ.
Both sides forward line’s put in titanic performances but one man who was key to Dublin’s success was Ciaran Kilkenny, who scored four points and put in a brilliant all-round display to help the Dubs clinch victory.
Speaking to RTÉ after the victory, Kilkenny was understandably emotional outlining that it’s “the most special feeling” he has ever had in his life, with the sense of relief palpable in his tone.
“It’s the most special feeling I’ve ever felt in my whole life. I’m so emotional. It’s such a relief after the first game, it was such a titanic battle, we have such respect for this Kerry team.
“To just get over the line means so much to this group. There are grown men out there in tears. We are so proud of each other, for our families, this county. What can I say, I’m absolutely delighted. ”
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) September 14, 2019
Dublin began the game in typical red hot fashion but their opponents met them blow for blow especially in the first 35 minutes before an early Eoin Murchan goal in the second half gave Gavin’s side a brief cushion.
Jim Gavin’s side took control from there and eventually ran out six point winners to clinch their fifth Sam Maguire crown in a row.
So how will Kilkenny and the rest of his Dublin teammates celebrate victory this evening?
“I suppose we can just go and party!”