Unheralded at the start of the season, Dublin took the Nation League title, beating Tipp along the way. But the Championship is meat and drink to all GAA players. Reaching their first final since 1948, Dublin came out with all guns blazing but lost a hard-fought match by four points.
They have the pleasure of looking each other in the eye in the dressing room, knowing they gave it their all. They can have no regrets.