Mullinalaghta captain Shane Mulligan and his team-mates enjoyed the fully deserved celebrations that followed their giant-killing exploits against Kilmacud Crokes in the Leinster Club SFC final.
Billed as a David versus Goliath clash in advance, the Longford club captured the imagination of the GAA public and beyond when stunning the Dublin champions on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-6 back in December.
“It was all very surreal there after the Leinster final,” Mulligan told RTE Sport.
“The President wrote to us, Leo Varadkar wrote to us. Next thing the Late Late Show were on and wanted us to come on. The team WhatsApp was hopping. It was good sport and a great way to celebrate it.”
Once the Christmas festivities were out of the way, it was back down to business for Mickey Graham’s charges who will be hoping to pull off another upset when they face the mighty Dr Crokes in Semple Stadium on Saturday (3.30pm).
“The Leinster final was the eighth of December so Christmas finished it up really. Once you got through Christmas it all died down so January was back to training and focus the minds.
"It’s a real good feeling around training and it’s great to be there in the last four."