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GAA to launch investigation after Sam Maguire goes missing on Dublin night out in New York

Dublin's Eoin Murchan holds up the Sam Maguire Cup after last month's win over Tyrone in Croke Park. The trophy reportedly went missing following a team night out in New York at the weekend. Picture Seamus Loughran.
Gareth McKeown

THE GAA is to launch an investigation after the Sam Maguire cup went missing during a Dublin team night out in New York.

It has been reported that the iconic trophy disappeared from the Mean Fiddler Bar and Grill in Manhattan on Friday, where members of the four in-a-row All-Ireland winning team were attending a late-night function.

Dublin players Brian Fenton, Brian Howard, Michael Fitzsimons and Con O'Callaghan were earlier photographed with manager Jim Gavin and the trophy at the event.

It is believed the cup was taken back to a New York hotel room, with footage obtained by the Sunday World showing one individual spitting into the famous trophy, while another man poses with it on his crotch as he lies on the floor.

The GAA's director of communications, Alan Milton told the Sunday World that the trophy had since been recovered and confirmed an investigation will be carried out into the events in New York.

"We don’t know how the trophy ended up in the hands of the people in these photographs, but we will be talking with Dublin GAA to find out what has happened," he said.

"The team have had the Sam Maguire for the last four years and nothing like this has ever happened before so the Dubs take their responsibility for having the Sam Maguire very seriously."

The Dublin GAA side lifted the Sam Maguire for the fourth consecutive year last month by defeating Tyrone 2-17 to 1-14 in the Croke Park showpiece.

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