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Grainne and Sile show their true colours as stars turn out for thrilling All Ireland

LIAM MacCarthy found himself homeless today for the first time in 53 years.

Most heads said Kilkenny would win, most hearts wanted Galway to capture their first title since 1988 -- but nobody expected a draw.

At the same time, very few will be disappointed that the Tribesmen and the Cats will have to do it all again.

And some famous Galway fans are determined that next time it will go their way.

Die-hard Galway supporters Grainne and Sile Seoige were on the the edge of their seats throughout the match.

Despite praying that Galway would be triumphant, the famous Galway sisters admitted that the very prospect of the game left them sick with nerves. But the pair were determined to stay positive for the replay.

"We have [beaten them before] so it's a question of doing it again. I think it's a case of 'Yes We Can'," said Grainne.

Thrilling

"I think the whole country is roaring for us. I'm getting so many texts from people from Wexford and from Cork and all over, so it's great," she added.

Comedian Dara O Briain also attended the thrilling game yesterday, where he said he was supporting Galway "for the novelty" of it. But he admitted he didn't hold out too much hope of a win for the west in the replay. "I don't think they'll win but you know I hope so," he added.

Jimmy McGee was also delighted with the thrilling match. And he admitted that while he wasn't holding out hope of a Galway win, he was still dreaming of one.

"If Galway beat Kilkenny twice within a couple of months I think it will be the greatest day in the history of Galway. It would be fantastic because Kilkenny are the greatest team we have ever had and to beat them twice in the one championship would be incredible. Whether they will or not I'm not so sure," he said.

The last time an All-Ireland final had ended in a draw was more than 50 years ago when Kilkenny faced Waterford in 1959. But the Galway fans were taking some heart from the fact that at the replay, Waterford proved triumphant.

The three Ni Cada sisters from Ashbourne, Co Meath, had also been praying for a Galway win. With both their parents from Carraroe in West Galway, the girls could well be considered among the most hardcore of the team's supporters.

Despite two holding down jobs in Meath and the third studying in Trinity, Fionnuala (28), Blathnaid (24) and Ailbhe (20) made the four- hour round trip from Ashbourne to Galway twice a week to watch the team train. And they were determined to continue with the tradition.

"It started with the training for the Leinster final and we've gone to every one since then twice a week. We live in Meath but our hearts are in Galway," explained Trinity student Ailbhe (20).

Fionnuala, who was celebrating her birthday yesterday, had only one wish -- a Galway win.

"My birthday wish didn't quite come true but at least we will get another day to prove we can win. We'll definitely be back, we're on the ticket hunt already.

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