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