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Clash of the Titans set for giant screen as ticket shortfall bites

IT'S the eagerly awaited clash of the Titans and it could be coming to a giant screen near you.

Thousands of disappointed football fans, unable to secure tickets for Dublin's first decider in 16 years when they meet Kerry at Croke Park, may yet get to see their heroes in action -- but on a giant public screen.

Dublin Lord Mayor Andrew Montague last night confirmed that Dublin City Council is in 11th hour negotiations with the GAA to consider erecting giant screens in a park or large public space to allow supporters to watch the match en masse.

"We're in negotiations with the GAA county board. There's no agreement to do this yet but these will be the issues that will be raised," he told the City Council last night.

He made the comments after local councillor Deirdre Heney tabled an emergency motion at last night's monthly council meeting asking the local authority to sponsor a big screen.

This would allow "as many fans as possible" to watch the championship final with Kerry "in the company of fellow GAA supporters as it will be so difficult for fans to get tickets to the game."

The issue was raised after it emerged last week that the Dublin county board may only release 8,000 tickets to the public for the September 18 All-Ireland Senior Football Final.

The GAA has not said how many tickets will be made available to the public.

But panic over what could be a ticket crunch has caused the price of existing tickets to hit the stratosphere with some ticket agents selling tickets for Hill 16 starting at €400 and up to €750 for prime seats in the lower Hogan or Cusack Stands.

Irish Independent