Sport | 4 months ago

Emotion is what the GAA is all about...

All-Ireland Final Sunday has come and gone. There will be no replay the year as Dublin shut the book on the 2017 football championship with a dramatic win over a valiant Mayo side.

It wasn't to be for Mayo as Dublin showed the winning nous to keep the Sam Maguire in the capital for another 12 months at least.

The stark contrast between the joyous scenes of the Dublin players at the final whistle compared to the heartbreak of Mayo shows just how thin the line is between success and falling short.

It's enough to wet even the most stoniest of eyes...

To be so near and yet so far away is a difficult thing to take as you watch the opposition lift what you believe should be your cup.

As former All-Ireland winning hurler Brendan Bugler pointed out, emotion is one of the best things about sport and it's great to see it shown in big games.

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Well, one player that certainly showed his happiness at the win was Dublin's Jack McCaffrey at the winner's banquet.

McCaffrey had his day cut short with injury, but he, along with every other footballer on the Dublin and Mayo teams have worked their entire year for this moment. Those long nights, gym work, gruelling running sessions, and countless sacrifices have resulted in them coming out on top.

Why wouldn't he be happy? He's well entitled to show it.

The funny thing is, aside from his McCaffrey's actions at the banquet, is that a lot of people were saying the same thing about him during the interview with Stephen Cluxton and Jim Gavin, both of who are renowned for not giving much away.

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But overall, seeing a player delighted at his win brought joy to a lot of people...

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