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Celebs back boys in blue to trip up Tipp

THE Dublin bandwagon is on the verge of overflowing.

Stars from all walks of life are lining up to cheer on their hurling boys in blue.

From radio to TV, the capital's big names are nailing their colours to the mast ahead of tomorrow's semi-final showdown against Tipperary.

Today FM presenter and proud Dubs supporter Mairead Farrell can't wait for the big occasion.

"I've been to many hurling matches but this is my first hurling game in Croke Park and there's huge anticipation -- I can't wait."

The Finglas girl and former contestant on RTE's Celebrity Bainisteoir is heading along to the match with her boyfriend and a group of friends.


"It'll be tough for them, Tipp look like they have magic wands -- but it's great for the Dubs.

"This is a historic day for us, whether we win or lose."

Mairead featured on the hit reality show last year and coached the Ballymun Kickhams all the way to the final.

"It was a brilliant six-month experience for me. I got to see how much work and sacrifice goes into the sport on an inter-county level during Celebrity Bainisteoir -- they're so committed, it's fantastic," she said.

Meanwhile, Xpose presenter Karen Koster told the Herald she's really looking forward to the day. "I wouldn't usually tune in to hurling games, but this is definitely one I'll sit down and watch -- I hope they do us proud."

RTE commentator George Hamilton will also be turning his focus away from soccer to keep an eye on the big game.


"Hurling seems to be on the crest of a wave right now," he told the Herald.

"There's definitely a feel-good factor surrounding Dublin at the moment -- Anthony Daly has been plugging away for long enough, they deserve to be in the final. Their time to shine has come and now is as good a time as any."

And legendary 2fm presenter Dave Fanning will also be in the Blues corner tomorrow, even though he's no expert on the small ball game.

"I'm Dublin born and bred and wish them all the best."

A crowd of more than 40,000 is expected in Croke Park for what will be Dublin's first semi-final since 1948.