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All-Ireland hero Bubbles O'Dwyer: I was getting hate mail abusing me and my family

Forward proved his doubters wrong as Tipp won first All-Ireland in six years.

Bubbles: Scored 1-5 in an outstanding Croke Park display.
Bubbles: Scored 1-5 in an outstanding Croke Park display.
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TIPPERARY STAR JOHN ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer has revealed that he received abusive letters earlier this year targeting him and his family.

Bubbles was one of Tipp’s All-Ireland heroes on Sunday as he scored a brilliant 1-5 against Kilkenny.

And afterwards he said: “I had my doubters at the start of the year. I think I’m after proving my doubters wrong here now.”

The Killenaule man elaborated on those comments on Twitter as Tipp’s celebrations continued on Monday morning.

“Thanks to everyone for the messages and support. It’s [been] unreal. What a day, what a win. This is just the start of it.

“And to the people who sent me some lovely letters at the start of the year abusing me and my family, I’d love to meet ye now. #veryquiet”

The 24-year-old made headlines in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s win when, live on RTÉ, he declared Tipp “champions of fucking Ireland.”

“I would like to apologise to RTÉ GAA and The Sunday Game for my slip of the tongue yesterday,” he said and tagged in Irish Olympic boxer Michael Conlan to add, “It happens the best of us.”

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