"As joyous as an occasion as it is today it's a very sad day as well. There's no doubt about it, to do back to back you have to have serious desire and want. I think Eugene Aylward's passing last year has given them that want and desire. They wanted to do something special and have that jersey with them."
"It has been really important for giving the lads a bit of belief about themselves about winning games and to understand what it is to win against teams that have been historically and currently better than us."
Despite two goals from Con O'Callaghan's younger brother Niall, Dessie Farrell's first game in charge of Dublin ended in a one-point defeat to Longford in today's O'Byrne Cup semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
With most of Dublin's All-Ireland winning panel not returning from their team holiday in Bali until this weekend, Dessie Farrell has taken the opportunity to experiment in his first game as manager against Longford this afternoon.