"It's an incredible thing" - Dean McGovern explains his emotions after Ballinamore end 31 year wait for Leitrim championship 1 month ago

"It's an incredible thing" - Dean McGovern explains his emotions after Ballinamore end 31 year wait for Leitrim championship

"We were crying, hugging each other, and it was just pure delight."

There will be few men in the country waking up happier than Leitrim's Dean McGovern, who yesterday captained his club, Ballinamore to their first county title in 31 years.

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It's been a long time to get that 21st championship trophy, but prior to 1990 they were actually the most successful club in the county.

This only made the drought all the more difficult to endure, and yesterday was a brilliant way to end it, beating reigning champions Mohill by two points.

It was even more special when you consider that it was Dean's brother, Niall McGovern, who scored the late goal on the 57th minute, to ensure their place in history.

Speaking on the GAA Hour, the winning captain, does his best to summarise his feelings today.

"It wasn't mentioned a huge pile in fairness, to get that number 21, but in the back of your mind, you're thinking that you just want to get it and be done with it, and create your own legacy going forward then.

Colm Parkinson was keen to point out the passion and emotion that Ballinamore displayed, not least from their leader when he finally got his hands on the cup.

"You were overcome with emotion, you were crying before you lifted the cup, you gave it a lovely tender kiss then, so it was a nice moment on the telly."

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The Leitrim man did his best to put into words what it meant to him, even getting nostalgic when doing so.

"It was incredible, I suppose from when you start playing football, when you're playing in the front garden with your brothers and sisters, and you maybe lift a fake cup, after beating them in a match.

"You be thinking to yourself, you might do it some day in front of your club, your teammates, it's an incredible thing, and something you kind of picture in your head, but when you do it, it's really incredible to be honest.

"I was lucky enough that when the final whistle went, the first people I noticed were Niall and Barry, my brothers, and we were crying, hugging each other, and it was just pure delight."

You can listen to the full discussion on the GAA Hour now.