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Even A-lister Dublin fan Brendan fails to grab a match ticket

HE might be a Hollywood A-lister but even true blue Dub Brendan Gleeson isn't assured a ticket to the All-Ireland final.

The Harry Potter actor told the Herald he is a major fan of the team and is holding out hope that he'll get his hands on one of the coveted tickets.

"For the Dubs to get to a final is massive, as everybody knows," he said.

"I'm a big Dubs fan and they are absolutely doing fantastically well.

"The unfortunate thing about the Dubs is that they're like goalkeepers -- if they make a mistake at all it's huge. So they've managed to negotiate this extremely well."

Malahide dad Brendan (56) also praised Donegal's recent efforts in the Championship semi-final: "Everybody is giving Donegal a hard time, but I think there's great respect for them and they worked really hard at it.

"Pat Gilroy said that he has great admiration for them."

Gleeson -- who has seen worldwide success with his long list of films, including Harry Potter, Breakfast On Pluto and Green Zone with Matt Damon -- thinks that banding together and celebrating Irishness is the best way forward for the country.

"I think in the end it's going to come down people doing stuff for themselves and their own communities," he said.

Despite the rise in emigration rates since the recession hit, he insists that it may not be too much of a worry.

"I know there are a lot of young people in London now, I think it's catastrophic that we allowed that plus to turn into a minus so drastically, but I think that people are going away now confident -- it's not a big deal to go to London anymore.

"I'd be more worried about those stuck in negative equity, we have to keep looking up -- we've no choice really."

The actor is currently working on his personal adaptation of Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds -- which he is writing, directing and starring in.