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joys in blue Damien Dempsey 'thrilled' at Dublin players' celebration ceili to his ‘Apple of My Eye’ track

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Damien has been writing songs

Damien has been writing songs

Damien has been writing songs

SINGER Damien Dempsey admits he’s “thrilled” at the viral sensation caused by an electric video which of Dublin players celebrating their historic All-Ireland victory on Saturday.

Dubs fan Damien has heaped praise on the team members for paying homage to one of his songs during their after-match high jinks.

In an exclusive interview with SundayWorld.com Damien said the session reminded kindled memories going all the way back to the Gaelic League from the 19th century.

A number of Dublin players initially start ceili dancing to the music of Damien’s ‘Apple of My Eye’, before they are joined by several more in a sing song.

Among the lead dancers was Brian Howard.

Brian Fenton was also videoed singing on the right of the group next to Sean Bugler, who joined in at the top of his voice.

Eoin Murchan was filmed moving about near Eric Lowndes, who sitting at the back in light blue top, was captured enjoying the moment while texting.

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Dublin players celebrated with a ceili to Damien Dempsey's track

Dublin players celebrated with a ceili to Damien Dempsey's track

Dublin players celebrated with a ceili to Damien Dempsey's track

They were joined by among others David Byrne, James McCarthy, Con O'Callaghan and Paddy Small.

“It’s great to see Gaelic games flourishing in our land, games that sprung up with the Gaelic League that was a result of the Great Starvation,” Damien told us.

“The same as 1916 and the War of Independence.

“And great to see Gaelic players dancing like our people used to, their cherishing and keeping the flame of old Ireland alight.”

This All-Ireland is a particularly notable one for the seven most senior panel members as they equaled the individual record of eight Celtic crosses over a career.

Stephen Cluxton, James McCarthy, Michael Fitzsimons, Philly McMahon, Kevin McManamon, Michael Darragh MacAuley and Cian O’Sullivan drew level with the legendary Kerry quintet from the 1970s/80s of Denis ‘Ogie’ Moran, Páidí Ó Sé, Ger Power, Mikey Sheehy and Pat Spillane.

The Dublin celebrations mirrored similar ones recent ones by Scotland’s soccer team, who were videoed in raucous celebrations celebrating qualifying lately for their first tournament in 22 years.

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