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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Pat Spillane's girl flying the flag for Kerry, at Electric Picnic

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 29/08/2013|08:37

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Cara Spillane, daughter of Kerry football legend Pat Spillane pictured in UCC ahead of this weekend's All Ireland Final.

Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Cara Spillane, daughter of Kerry football legend Pat Spillane. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

MODEL Cara Spillane is shunning the family tradition of hitting the capital for another tense Dublin v Kerry decider.

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Instead, the 23-year-old will be bopping along to the beats of hip hop artist Fatboy Slim and co at Electric Picnic in Stradbally where she would love to meet a nice lad from the Big Smoke.

But the single model will pay homage to her native Kingdom when the All-Ireland semi-final thriller kicks off on Sunday afternoon.

"The match is going to be shown in one of the tents so I will be the first person there with my Kerry jersey on," Cara tells today's Herald.

"It's funny because they managed to get pictures of me in a Dublin jersey last year, but that won't happen this time.

"Unless there are loads of Dublin people there, I will probably get a tough time," she laughed.

After graduating from a law degree in UCC, Cara is back living under her dad's roof for the time being, but is moving up to capital later this year to launch a media career and would love a shot at working on TV.

Following her split from her boyfriend of four years Dave Whyte, the Assets model is looking forward to a new start in the capital.

"I'm still singe and Dublin guys are lovely so it's nice that I'm not tied down moving up there.

"If I met a nice guy then great, but I am not too worried about it," she added.

And Cara says that her hardcore GAA family don't mind that she is missing the almost annual exodus by Kerry fans to the capital for a crunch Dublin encounter.

"I was raging that I couldn't go because I had tickets for Electric Picnic first but I will still be able to watch dad on the big screen so it's fine.

"I am more a fair weather GAA fan, I love watching the big games but I played rugby in school so I am like the black sheep of the family."

"Everyone is really excited in our house as my mum's from Kerry but she went to school in Dublin when she was a teenager," said Cara.

Known for his caustic remarks and fiery support of his native Kerry, GAA legend Pat will be hoping that the men from the south can exact revenge after their All-Ireland final defeat to the Boys in Blue in 2011.

But Cara says that once he gets off screen, her dad is just a big teddy bear.

"He actually separates it very well," she explained.

"He is very passionate, but he doesn't take it home with him so if they lose he won't be a in a foul mood for the rest of the evening."


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