Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dublin supporter rests his hopes on a piece of hallowed Hill 16

Dublin superfan Cian Burgess with his piece of the Hill
Dublin superfan Cian Burgess with his piece of the Hill
Cian Burgess as a youngster with the Sam Maguire
Cian on Hill 16 in 1995

Louise Hogan and Breda Heffernan

LIFELONG Dublin GAA fan Cian Burgess (33) is hoping his little slice of the hallowed Hill 16 will bring him luck in getting into Croke Park on Sunday.

The Raheny GAA club man, whose sister Ciara is a star on the Dublin Camogie side, grew up immersed in tales of Croke Park.

He was first brought to the Cusack Stand aged three for the 1983 All-Ireland final.

He was among the thousands of people who chipped off and took home a little piece of the famous Hill overlooking the pitch when it was redeveloped.

"People brought hammers and chisels in and you could hear the tapping as they redeveloped Hill 16 in 1987," he said, adding the famous Hill and the Sam Maguire trophy featured in many family snapshots.

"My dad Daithi Brugha, uncle Jimmy Brady and granddad Jack Brady used to bring the stool for the piano and lift it over the turnstile to stand on in Hill 16," he said.

Michelle McGinty from Achill and her boyfriend Tommy Walsh from Bonniconlon, taken in Whangarei Falls, New Zealand.
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
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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.
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Padraic Walsh has the Mayo jerseys hanging out at Niagara Falls, NY. The jerseys originated in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo.
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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!
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Stephen Togher from Mayo set this picture up on a construction site in Hong Kong.
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Marie Heneghan's dog Belle waiting for Sam.
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Kiltimagh businesses supporting Mayo team 2013. Woohoo!
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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.

After he got married in 2011, shortly after Dublin's All-Ireland win, the Sam Maguire made a surprise appearance at the wedding reception.

Mr Burgess shared some of his GAA snaps from down the years as he prays for another Dublin win this weekend.

Meanwhile, a teacher has pledged to get a tattoo of the new Mayo crest on his arm if the team lift the Sam Maguire. The county's biggest fan, Martin Trench, from Ballindine, Co Mayo, is a well-known figure in his adopted homeplace of Kerry for his Peugeot 406 emblazoned in red and green.

PE teacher Martin revealed he has the old crest tattooed on his arm.

"If they win on Sunday I'll put the new crest on the other arm," quipped the father of four, who won Ulster Bank's competition to find Ireland's 'Best GAA fan'.

A survey of GAA fans from Ulster Bank found two in five would give up a €5,000 winning lottery ticket if it meant their county would lift the Sam Maguire.

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