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Thursday 21 November 2019

Islanders are hoping for plain sailing

Nick Bramhill

ALL-IRELAND fever is gripping some of the country's most remote outposts, with armies of fans from four different islands preparing to make an epic trip by sea and land to Croke Park.

At least 100 supporters from Clare Island and Inishturk off Mayo and Arranmore and Tory island off Donegal are planning to cheer on their heroes in the final on Sunday.

Those boarding boats on the morning of the big match are praying their travel plans won't be wrecked by bad weather.

About 30 Clare Islanders will travel to Croker, some chartering a boat for the 30-minute crossing at 6am on Sunday.


The island's GAA team, who recently won the All-Ireland Islands trophy, hope Mayo emulate their winning ways.

Twenty islanders will make the even longer crossing from Inishturk, which has only 62 permanent residents.

But the excitement is just as feverish farther north on Donegal's two main islands, with at least 50 fans expected to make the exodus from Arranmore.

And plans are in place to throw a party on Tory, the most isolated of all the islands, should Donegal lift the Sam Maguire.

A big-screen TV will show the final live for visitors to the Westport Food Festival.

Irish Independent

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