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Capital braces itself for sea of visitors over packed weekend


Dubs fans will be cheering on the Boys in Blue at Croker. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Dubs fans will be cheering on the Boys in Blue at Croker. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Dubs fans will be cheering on the Boys in Blue at Croker. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Tens of thousands of people will descend on Dublin for a jam-packed weekend of activities.

The biggest and most talked-about event tomorrow is the Dublin v Mayo clash in Croke Park.

More than 82,000 die-hard GAA fans are expected to watch the All-Ireland semi-final following a frantic scramble for tickets.

Old rivalries will be reignited - the two counties have faced each other seven times this decade, with the Dubs winning four of those matches and Mayo one. Two ended in a draw.

DublinTown is transforming Wolfe Tone Square into an outdoor cinema, with many other family-fun activities taking place on Saturday from 1pm to 6pm.

Two superhero-themed movies - The Incredibles and The Avengers - will be played on a big screen in the centre of a mini village featuring local businesses from the Dublin 1 area.

Comic Con 2019 will also be in Dublin tomorrow, featuring everything from movies and TV shows to comics, cosplay and gaming.

Guests will get the chance to meet some big names including Pom Klementieff (of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 fame), Charisma Carpenter (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk TV series) and Richard Brake (Game of Thrones).

Comic Con takes place at The Convention Centre on North Wall Quay, with tickets priced from €11.97 to €107.77.

For anyone feeling energetic, the annual Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon takes place tomorrow.

Live music will be played along the course which passes some of Dublin's landmarks including St Stephen's Green, Christ Church Cathedral and the Guinness Brewery.


Another two-day festival taking place is Playstival at Airfield Estate in Dundrum. This event gives parents and children the chance to enjoy a host of games and interactive shows.

For those who want a kid-free weekend, the Wine and Cheese Festival at the Iveagh Gardens is the place to be.

From today through to Sunday, guests can eat, drink, listen, learn and dance at Eatyard's first city centre wine and cheese party.