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Heartache for Donegal as Kerry win Sam Maguire trophy

By Nevin Farrell

There was heartbreak in the hills of Donegal last night as the favourites lost out to Kerry in the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park.

As many of the 40,000 dejected Donegal GAA fans - part of a bumper 82,000 attendance in Dublin - trudged home last night, the famous Sam Maguire trophy was instead heading south west to the Kingdom.

Kerry won by a margin of 2-9 (15 points) to 0-12.

And the Donegal minor team, too, lost on the day, also to Kerry.

It comes after weeks of excited preparation by an army of fans who turned anything they could into the green and gold colours of their county – but there was to be no fairytale ending for Donegal.

The county is now aiming to bounce back and put the pain of defeat behind it, and last night the official Donegal GAA website said their gallant players "will have inspired a new generation of Donegal footballers".

Everyone from the youngest Donegal fan to the oldest GAA fan in Ireland – 106-year-old Donegal woman Julia McAteer – got behind their team.

A squad of Donegal men working on the Crossrail Tunnel in London even offered support – but Donegal couldn't dig out the victory.

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