Saturday 24 March 2018

Didn't get a ticket to Croker? Here's five other places you can watch the All-Ireland final and still have fun

Fans at Smithfield Square celebrate after Ireland scored. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Fans at Smithfield Square celebrate after Ireland scored. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Picture shows fans at the free screening event of the All-Ireland Football Championship final between Dublin and Mayo at the Smithfield Plaza
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Dublin play Mayo in the All-Ireland football final on Sunday and the scramble for tickets is getting intense close to D-Day. Some people have admitted defeat and are resigned to the fact they won’t be cheering on their beloved county in Croke Park. Others are still taking to social media with heartfelt pleas in their pursuit of the elusive Golden Ticket.

The “nothing beats being there” check-ins on Facebook are inevitable but nothing also beats the craic, so here are five other places you can watch the game and still have fun.

Smithfield Plaza

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Ireland fan Jorden Keavney from Blackrock, Dublin, with his French girlfriend Sophie Jalby. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Dublin City Council is transforming Smithfield Plaza into a mini Croke Park for the day.
Supporters and bandwagon jumpers can gather in Smithfield from 12.30pm on Sunday for a special outdoor screening of the game.
The event is free of charge and it will be alcohol-free. For the less die hard fan, there will also be other entertainment on offer, such as music and face-painting.

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said: I urge all fans who do not have a ticket for the game to come down to Smithfield and create a miniature Croke Park atmosphere. It will finish at 6pm just after (hopefully) Stephen Cluxton will have hoisted the Sam Maguire in the Hogan Stand. Come one, come all, Come on you Boys in Blue.” 

The cinema


Hopefully the game won’t turn into a horror movie for either set of supporters.

A number of cinemas across Dublin will be showing the game on Sunday, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Odeon cinemas are screening the game for free at the following venues: Coolock, Charlestown, Blanchardstown, Point Village, Stillorgan, Cavan, Limerick, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Waterford. IMC cinema in Santry, on the other hand, are forcing fans to splash the cash (well, €2).

The Big Tree Pub

The Big Tree pub will be screening the All-Ireland final

Nobody likes being packed into a pub like sardines, but the Big Tree will be showing the match on a big screen in their spacious beer garden.

And it’s right beside Croke Park, so you’ll basically be able to hear the roar of the crowd and feel like you’re there. You won't have to venture far for a bite to eat either, as a chipper van will be selling food right beside the beer garden bar.

The Living Room Pub

The Living Room Pub on Dublin's Cathal Brugha Street will be screening the All-Ireland final

It's one of the biggest beer gardens in Dublin, and it has one of the largest outdoor screens in Europe. It also boasts a 3D TV, so you’re guaranteed not to miss any of the action.

Home sweet home

You can watch the match at home and avoid the crowds

Get your friends round, have a cheeky BBQ and few beers in the comfort of your own home. All-Ireland final Day is similar to New Years Eve – endless queues, fighting for a taxi like you’re in the Hunger Games and you end up with more drink on your clothes than in your mouth.

Also, you won’t have to wait half-an-hour to get to the bathroom!

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