Wednesday 26 October 2016

A worthy winner: reader 'over the moon' to win All-Ireland final tickets

Published 19/09/2015 | 14:13

Gary Kinsella is bound for the Hogan Stand tomorrow! Photo: David Conaghy
Gary Kinsella is bound for the Hogan Stand tomorrow! Photo: David Conaghy
"Here's a picture of me with one of our collection of all 32 county jerseys signed by every player in the country, me and my brother collected and auctioned off for charity and now they hang proudly in Dublin Airport beside our names for everyone who enters this wonderful country to enjoy!" - Gary Kinsella

The winner of the country's last two tickets for tomorrow's All-Ireland clash used his love of the GAA for a more-than-worthy cause.

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Gary Kinsella, from Coolock, Dublin said he was 'over the moon' to win the tickets for the Dublin and Kerry final.

Gary's submission for the competition was a photograph of him standing beside a signed Dublin jersey in Dublin Airport.

He wrote alongside the photograph: "Here's a picture of me with one of our collection of all 32 county jerseys signed by every player in the country, me and my brother collected and auctioned off for charity and now they hang proudly in Dublin Airport beside our names for everyone who enters this wonderful country to enjoy!"

The lucky winner described how the trip around Ireland was a campaign to raise money for suicide awareness.

Gary's brother died by suicide a few years ago, so himself and his brother started a major fundraising drive which saw them travel the length and breadth of the country in a bid to gather county players' signatures.

"My brother was a major GAA fan so we collected the jerseys and got them all signed to raise money for Pieta House," he told

"It took us seven months to get the whole collection sorted, it was a bit stressful but it was a great adventure."

Their adventure raised a whopping €14,000 for Pieta House.

Gary said he was 'delighted' to pick up the Hogan Stand tickets this evening.

John Breheny for Dublin's biggest fan. Even if you only had one ticket this guy deserves it! Sarah Stewart
John Breheny for Dublin's biggest fan. Even if you only had one ticket this guy deserves it! Sarah Stewart
Two of these brothers are short tickets. Never miss a game together. My dad is the 'L' , writes Keith Rigney (@rigs11)
Couldn't make the semi-final because I was in the South Pacific but I still tried my best to support Dublin away from home! Would love to go to the final now that I'm back in Ireland. Pretty please?! Laura Marie Sheridan
Graham Clifford, his daughters Molly (9), Aoife (7) and son Aodhan (4) getting ready for the final
Please...Im age 12 , I follow the dubs everywhere. I badly need to go to this dream wish come through. Thank you Mollie Turner,biggest dubs fan everrrrrrrrrrrrrr
I have been supporting the Dubs football & hurling for over 40 years(but I won't say how long over!!!) I still have my first flag now 40++ yrs old and it is up again in the window for the final, see attached just some of my recent photos, was at the 2013 final & would so so so love to be at 2015. Catherine Bannon
Brogan Connolly Murphy doesn't want to miss this match on Sunday! :D Please give him the tickets??? :D
Sam in the Sam road to all Ireland final day & Mya with the Delaney cup #COYBIB - Linda Breen sends it from @lindamcgrath26
I want to nominate my mom to the tickets she is a huge fan. As you can see in the pictures. She lives next to Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney and always has her house flying the Green & Gold of the Kingdom. It would be a dream come through. Fingers crossed. Janet Breen
@BrehenyBitesBac is Dublin's biggest fan and deserves to be in Croke Park tomorrow, writes @StewiePants1
Georges Forneau even has the dog dressed for the big day... @lepapageo
Dublins Biggest fan @RedIrish74 Since 1978 hes been at the Dubs - writes Sandra Norton @PrincessZoey73
Jim flew us to Rome on Tuesday last. Said a prayer for the dubs at the popes mass on Wednesday! Up the Dubs!!! - writes Jennifer Pierce Conlon
All dressed up an nowhere to go poor Churchill he hasn't missed a match yet, writes Anthony Maloney
I'm Dublins Biggest Fan. From a wardrobe full of Dublin Jerseys and hoodies, my minion 18th birthday cake with a Dublin Jersey, my paintings of Brogan, Flynn and Cullen, abseiling from the top of Croke park for Youth Mental Health bringing the GAA to Mexico and wearing Dublin gear everywhere I go. An All Ireland ticket would be an early Christmas for me, Please! Up the Dubs!! Nikki Chatham
A photo with the one and only Ger Brennan (Photo: Geraldine O'Connor)
Clarissa Disconzi ‏@DisconziC - could her stylish collage win the tickets?
The Dubs gang are ready! Thanks for the photo Berni Glynn
Ella graced the front page of the Irish Indo in 2008 sitting in Sam! Sadly Dublin didn't win the All Ireland that year... Photo: Robert Weldon
Here's a pic of my sister in law and me at the Dublin vs Donegal semi final in 2014! Photo: Danielle Cassidy contacted us by email
Four years ago, three days before the 2011 Dublin v Kerry final, here's yours truly in me Dublin jersey in front of the grotto in Lourdes, saying a prayer for The Dubs to win. And three days later my prayers were answered, and I was in Croker to watch Cluxton put that beautiful point over the bar for the winner and join The Dubs in celebrating victory. This year, I'd love to do it all again, but there's n'ere a ticket (or two!) to be found. - Eamonn Frawley contacted us at
Is Chloe Norton Dublin's biggest fan? Thanks @Chloe_Norton_15!
Brid Mulrennan ‏(@CoolAsCoconuts): Winning these tickets would be just something else!! C'mon the kingdom
'That's me in the spidey suit, time to make a reappearance Sunday?' - writes @ShaneMcOfficial on Twitter
Cathal knows his favourite colours are... (Photo: Cliodhna Grummell ‏@caithairscoilib)
It would be amazing to win this competition for tickets for my dad as he is the biggest Dublin fan I know, He goes to every single Dub match through rain, hail, home or away etc. - Sarah Fay
Me and my best pal , my dad Peter Gibson would love theses tickets sky blue and navy through and through, he's brought me to nearly every game since I was 11 we've stood in the rain and in the freezing cold to see our team, so it would be amazing to go to the final with him - Claire Gibson
"All were missing is the tickets - Zach and Isla Cronin from Killarney" (via email)
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Picture from Aileen Cunningham (via email)
'I made the headlines cause I'm a diehard Dub!Would be a dream come true to be there on Sunday' Credit: Emma Jane Carroll via Twitter
Please god!! Never need tickets so bad in me life! Hows this for dedication?? #COYBIB Credit: Dave Butler via Twitter
Daithi is really passionate about GAA and would do anything to see his first all Ireland final. Aged 8 and mascot for his beloved St Mary's, he would like nothing better than to witness Brian Sheehan kick the winning point Sunday. Credit: John Sugrue via email
Credit: Patrick Woods via Twitter
Caption: The Dubs and Kingdom cousins
Me and my friend going all out to support our boys!! Send me to Croker! Credit: Colleen O'Neill via email
Winning these tickets would be just something else!! Cmon the kingdom Credit: Brid Mulrennan via Twitter
"This is Eva Zoe having her lunch yesterday, refusing to put the flag down! She is a year and nine months and her little sister is due to arrive next week. Her Daddy is a big Dublin fan so it would be great to win the tickets!" - Picture from Yvonne Redmond (via email)
"We are entering this competition on behalf of grandad Noel Beasley of ballybunion Co Kerry, Cian, Noel's grandson below is only 9 months old but already the biggest Kerry fan and he lives in NYC so he is entering to win these lovely tickets for his grandad. Cian will be cheering on the Kerry boys at home in New York with his auntie aishling below and his mum Aileen, dad emmett and his uncle colm from Tipperary( we won't hold that against him) :) Up the kingdom!" - Picture from Aisling Beasley (via email)
Credit: Nikki via Twitter
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"Here's a picture of me with one of our collection of all 32 county jerseys signed by every player im the country me and my brother collected and auctioned off for charity and they now hang proudly in Dublin airport beside our names for everyone who enters this wonderful country to enjoy." - Picture from Gary Kinsella (via email)
My brother in the picture below is flying in from London tonight and he hasn't got a ticket. He flies home for all the matches and would love a ticket . Ciarraí abú Credit: Claire via email
Here is a picture of my daughter caoimhe Clarke duignan getting ready during the week for the match! She's super excited for it!!!! Credit: Aidan Duignan via email
Come on the kingdom Credit: Rory McGrath via Twitter
Jamie would love to be there to support the boys in blue Credit: Emma Jane McAuley via Twitter
Credit: Lisa Murphy
Ryan Murphy has been to all Dublin matches this year and would dearly love to be in Croke Park this Sunday to cheer on his heroes The Boys in Blue. Credit: Jackie Murphy
Dublins biggest supporter Olivia-Belle, her first game at 6 days old DubsVkildare Credit: Sarah Kearney via Twitter
Credit: Irene Daly via email
My son is the biggest dubs fan I know...goes to all the games+meet ups Credit: JenoWren via Twitter
Picture from Mary O'Malley(via email)
Looking to see his heroes in real life Credit: Dualta Murphy via Twitter
Anyone for the last 2 tickets?! Credit: MacEochagain via Twitter
He would love nothin more to go to this match as he has gone to every single Dublin match since the start of the league! He's the best dad ever who spends his life helping others and this would be an amazing payback present for everything he has done for me as he has always been a true Dub Fan Credit: Sarah Fay via email
Me again Dublin's biggest fan, love to be there with my wife Sunday. Pick me Credit: Michael Madden via Twitter
Pearse & Farrah Credit: Pearse McEvoy via email
Sean is a Garda in Tralee, and he's a proud dub! Talk about risk taking!!! It'll make beat patrol more interesting this Saturday but I know he'd love nothing more then to be in Croker on Sunday!! Credit: Sean Grennan
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A young Kerry fanatic exiled in Dublin... It is his 7th birthday tomorrow, and it would make his dreams come true to see Kerry v Dublin this weekend. Credit: Donal O Dwyer
I want 2 send my husband who is from Kerry & his DUBS4EVER daughter for a day 2 remember! Credit: Elliee B via Twitter
I thought i would send a lighthearted joke and pictures of my favourite players. Would love to win and bring my dad john hanevy who is 85yrs old and fighting fit. Thank god. Credit: Antoinette Treacy via email
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James O'Flynn age 2 - gearing up for the match on Sunday! Would love to win the tickets!! Please. Ciarraí Abú!! Credit: Muireann Cox
Would love so much the tickets to bring my bestest pal my dad to the all Ireland final Credit: Claire Gibz via Twitter
Credit: Yvonne O'Donovan
Credit: A Farrell via email
Picture from Edel Downes (via email)
Credit: Nikki Clarke via FB
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My dubs mad family in Palmerstown Credit: Shauna White via Twitter
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Credit: Babs via email
On the hill at the final in 2013. We'd love to be there on Sunday! Credit: Rachel Cummins via Twitter
Pick us, please pick us to win tickets Credit: Olga Hughes via Twitter
Come on you boys in blue! Credit: AndreaHoward via Twitter
Come on the kingdom! I would love to be up there for Kerry to do the double once again Credit: KawwTeee via Twitter
Dublin’s biggest Fans Credit: Fran Devlin via Twitter
"Kyle is Dublin's biggest fan since he was 3 days old in the arms of Alan Brogan and a couple of weeks ago with Paul Flynn .... He would really love his mammy to get to go to the match on Sunday!!" - Picture from Sonya McManus (via email)
"Oisin & Patrick Ryan. Two of Dublins greatest supporters." - Picture from 'Proud Dad' Padraig Ryan (via email)
Picture from Ciaran O'Reilly (via email)
"My 5 year old in Croke Park devastated when Dublin lost the minor hurling quarter final - even though he was with a group of Tipperary supporters he is no turn coat and stuck with the Dubs till the end !!" - Picture from Nora Bourke (via email)
"For the semi-final replay, I was down in Dingle on the morning of the match.. I had committed to run a half marathon for charity. Was tempted to cry off, as I tore all my ligaments during the summer and had no training done, plus it was going to clash with the Dubs match. As my conscience got the better of me, I drove for 5 and a half hours on Friday to make it down to Dingle. Got up on Saturday, ran the half marathon in my fastest time ever – jumped straight back in the car and headed for Croker!! No stretching done or anything!!! It was a close but I just about made it onto the Hill with very tired legs! By the skin of my teeth!!! I’m desperate for tickets – missed out in my club draw so hopefully the 800KM round trip to Kerry and back shows how much I am dedicated to the boys in blue!! Fingers crossed for the win (have my nanny lighting candles in mass and everything!!)" - Picture from Linda Cummins (via email)
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I'd love to win these tickets for my little boy.He has made it onto the tele and into the paper #hugefan Credit: Martina Skelly via Twitter
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"I'm delighted, I still hadn't got my hands on some tickets so I couldn't believe it when I got the email," he said.

"I'm over the moon. And I'm bringing the brother so he's over the moon too. received hundreds of entries for the competition which were whittled down to a shortlist of five photographs shortly before 11am this morning. The winner's name was drawn from the hat at 11am.

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