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Dubs fans wish for blue skies at Croker

GARTH Brooks may not be coming, but the Meath footballers aim to storm Croke Park tomorrow.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin's side go head-to-head with their close rivals at GAA headquarters for the Leinster senior football final.

So far 50,000 tickets have been sold for the game, and
a GAA representative told the Herald they are anticipating a crowd of 60,000 on the day when walk-in fans are taken into account.

While Stephen Cluxton and his team-mates take to the pitch for a 2pm throw-in, a string of well-known faces will be watching the action.

Model Lisa Nolan is confident the boys can plough through and claim the provincial title.

"What an amazing Leinster final, you couldn't get 
much better than the Dubs 
versus the Royals," she told the Herald.

"A passion for GAA has always been in my family and was passed on to me from a young age when I used to play Gaelic and camogie, so I love watching it. The day in itself will be such a great event, the atmosphere will be electric."

Brunette beauty Lisa also went to college with Dubs players James McCarthy and Johnny Cooper and will be proudly cheering them on.

"I will be so excited, I hope the Dubs have it in the bag," she added.

Model Holly Carpenter, former Miss Ireland and girlfriend of rugby player Cian Healy, will be swapping her Leinster blue for a county jersey this weekend.

"I can't wait to watch it. 
I'm sure the Dubs can take it home," she said.


Catwalk queen Nicola Hughes is another who'll be supporting.

"It's such a good atmosphere seeing everyone coming together to support our county," she said.

"It helps that there's a little bit of eye candy to be looking at too!"

Met Eireann is predicting a dry, mostly sunny afternoon.

Forecaster David Rogers said that there is a possibility of one or two showers, but overall the day will be a pleasant one for punters.

"It will be fairly warm and not as heavy as it has been over the last few days," he said.

"Temperature-wise it will be pleasant, reaching 19 and 20 degrees in the Dublin area in the afternoon.

"It's going to be a largely dry day, though there's still a chance an odd shower."

As for a Dublin victory? We'll find that out shortly before 4pm at Croke Park.