Monday 24 November 2014

The Greatest Fans: Dubs and Mayo supporters get behind their teams ahead of Sunday

Published 18/09/2013 | 08:32

Michelle McGinty from Achill and her boyfriend Tommy Walsh from Bonniconlon, taken in Whangarei Falls, New Zealand.
Claire Mc Namara supporting the DUBS from Everest Base Camp
Alan Stynes sent us this picture of Calum and Libby
Deirdre Prendergast sent us this picture from New York of Declan age 6, Pearse age 8, Maeve age 4, and Eamonn, age 9
Jenny & Derek Graham from Ballina, County Mayo in the Gaza Strip, Palestine
Even the birds in far north Queensland are sporting the red and green with Conor Puri, Cairns, Far north Queensland, Australia.
All-Ireland Champion piper Eamonn Walsh from Ballina playing "Moonlight in Mayo"
Tatiana Serrano sent in this Mayo supporter photo before Sunday's clash.
Jim Healy sent this photo in - they 'Mayo-bombed' a Dublin supporter's office desk.
His Father is a staunch Dub fan and his Grandfather is a dyed in the wool Mayo Man... so Jonnie Doyle (4 months) has chosen to go with the Dubs!
The Black sands of New Zealands west coast is supporting Mayo (Picture: Arvind Puri)
It might be a week away yet but Clare man Dermot Tubridy from Cooraclare has to get a mention for his efforts!
Derek Wheeler and daughter Samantha are cheering for the Dubs in Tenerife.
Padraic Walsh has the Mayo jerseys hanging out at Niagara Falls, NY. The jerseys originated in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo.
Aoife and Conor Puri, at Cornet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand. Mum Orlagh is from Crossmolina, home of the legendary Mick Loftus.
Brenda Nash is supporting her teams on their New York office front.
Picture on landing at Ireland West Airport Knock this morning were Pilot Billy McCarty and First Officer Raymond O’Donnell. The pilots were showing their support for Mayo after piloting a Ryanair flight from Milan to Ireland West Airport Knock
The Kelly twins, Michael and Jackson from Glasnevin, divided over who will win on Sunday.
Who needs the Naked Cowboy when you have Mamadu, Mayo's biggest supporter in Times Square! Dressed by Ballyhaunis native, Helen Moran
Aoibhìnn Fahy supporting the Dubs!
Mike Kelly showing his true colours on the beach in Sagres, Portugal
"Up the Dubs!" from Laura, Dav and Mr Sna in Cambodia.
Claire Walsh from Straide, Mayo and Karen Healy from Killala, Mayo, sending their support all the way from Busan, South Korea
Tara Forde flying the flag for Mayo at Mount Everest base camp.
Co Down man Sean flying the Mayo flag in Thailand on the bridge over the river Kwai.
The Mayo Haka: Claire (3) & Tom (7) Nestor, children of former Mayo player, David Nestor, now living in Switzerland.
Jack from New Jersey / Ballyhaunis getting the Germans behind Mayo!
Aoibheann O'Beirne, aged 9 months, is a true Mayo supporter
"Where the streets are called Mayo" - The Farrell family (Gerry, Lorcan, Darragh, & Aoife) on Mayo St. in Raleigh, North Carolina after watching the semifinal. The boys are lucky enough to be heading to Croke Park for the final.
Killian Duffy from Crossmolina, Co Mayo flying the flag for the boys in red and green at the finish line after winning WRC rally Australia on Sunday 15th of September.
Up Mayo from Sydney! Anita Cafferkey, Aisling Carey and Lisa Geoghegan flying the flag at Sydney Opera House Australia
Baby Anthony Walsh AKA Willie Joe Padden from Brussels, Belgium
Mayo for Sam taken at the Salt Flats in Bolivia. Pictured: Sinead Browne, Dearbhla Brogan and Eveann Kennedy. All from Ballina, Co. Mayo
Ben Thornton (14) is flying the flag for the Dubs!
3-year-old Alfie White from Clonliffe Road in Dublin is one of the luckiest boys in the country - he lives on the doorstep of Croker
Jacinta Mc Hugh, Miriam Conway and Marie Heneghan at the Full Moon party in Koh Phangan Thailand
Stephen Togher from Mayo set this picture up on a construction site in Hong Kong.
'Dublin on top of the world in Alaska', from Darren Butler, a true blue who brought his jersey on a cruise
Marie Heneghan's dog Belle waiting for Sam.
The family that goes to Croker together...The Cassidys are True Blue supporters.
Kiltimagh businesses supporting Mayo team 2013. Woohoo!
Arch bar in Killala supporting Mayo – photos/signwriting by Merrick’s Ballina
Shouting for Mayo, Nathan O'Neill - living in Chingford, London but travelling to Swinford in Mayo to watch the match with his parents Martin and Noelle
Jeanette Walsh's 5 week old niece Lucy Duffy in her signed mayo jersey & her grandfather Michael Walsh from Claremorris.
David Cunningham and Mark Kelly from Glasnevin, Dublin shouting for Boys in Blue
Martin sent us this picture of his dog supporting Mayo
Jim Higgins Mayo MEP (L) and Gay Mitchell Dublin MEP (R) have their bets on for Sunday's clash.
Eimear Cantwell, Jennifer Cox, Fiona Mullins....Croke Park.
Laurena Kelly on her horse Jack who's wearing his county colours
Jason O'Neill sent us this from Macchu Picchu in Peru.
Grainne Furlong's puppy Bruce proudly wearing his Dublin colours.
Eimear Cantwell, Jennifer Cox and Fiona Mullins.
Debbie with her sister, nephew & niece
Carmel English sent us this picture of her family
Breege McGinty in Croke Park.
Aidan Beirne takes to the sky to wish Mayo well.

No matter where the Irish are in the world, we never forget where we came from...or who we support in the GAA All-Ireland final.

INDEPENDENT.IE users have been submitting their pictures in preparation for this weekend's All Ireland final, here are our picks of the best.

If ever there was a doubt that GAA fans are the greatest in the world, take a look at our gallery of Dublin and Mayo fans ahead of Sunday's All Ireland final.

In our call for expats around the world to send in their greatest fan photos, we've received entries from every corner of the globe - from Peru to Alaska, Thailand to London.

Darren Butler proudly posted this image of him in his Dublin jersey 'on top' of Alaska,  the 43-year-old Dub now living in Drogheda brings his trusted jersey with him everywhere, including on a cruise in Alaksawhile Jacinta McHugh, Miriam Conway and Marie Heneghan campaigned 'Mayo 4 Sam' in glow-in-the-dark bodypaint while they soaked up the atmosphere at a full moon party in Thailand.

Stephen Togher from Mayo got a group of hard hatted construction workers on a site in  Hong Kong to get behind Mayo.

Jason O'Neill proudly wears his Mayo jersey with pride as he visits Macchu Picchu in Peru, while several readers have also sent in their favourite photos at the home of GAA - Croke Park.

But it's not just people getting into spirit as Mayo prepare to clash with Dublin this Sunday for the historic All Ireland final - their pets are also getting in on the action, wearing the jerseys of the teams they 'support'.

Want to be featured on Independent.ie as one of the best fans in the world?

Simply tweet us your picture and caption @Independent_ie, or join the call on our Facebook page (search Independent.ie).

Otherwise, just send your pics to contact@independent.ie.

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