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Dubs on for double as city's hurlers reach league final

DUBLIN'S hurlers have made it a double for Dubs fans after they joined the county's footballers by making it to the league final.

For the first time in 65 years, the city's hurlers will contest the Allianz League final, where Kilkenny await.

After this weekend's one-point victory over Cork, Dublin fans are hoping that the omens are good for All Ireland success later this year.

This weekend marked a historic one for Irish sport, with the hurlers' victory thrusting them into the Division 1 final for the first time in 65 years.

And while their one-point win over the Rebel County marked a tense one, the upcoming clash against Kilkenny is set to be one of the hottest dates on this year's sporting calendar.

GAA fans were thanking their lucky stars this weekend when the hurlers successfully made their way to the decider, and tickets for both events are set to sell-out immediately upon release.


Although the venue has not yet been decided, Croke Park is being pitched as the ideal destination.

While enthusiasm may be reaching a new high, it is the potential of a double league victory that has fans bursting to the brim with excitement.

The last time this was achieved was 21 years ago when Cork did the double in 1990, and Dubs are crossing their fingers that 2011 will mark a record breaking year in several different aspects.

Manager Anthony Daly said he knows the pressure that his fearless hurlers are now under, and is keen to give a memorable performance.

"But, look, Dublin people are thrilled because we are so long out of it so we have to get ourselves organised very quick now for the final and we have to perform in that final. That is the key thing, like."