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My heart is with Cork – but this Dublin side has enough to give me the Blues, admits Jacqui

IT'S a case of divided loyalties for GAA broadcaster Jacqui Hurley, who admits her head is in Dublin – but her heart belongs to Cork.

The presenter's native Cork take on the Dubs in Croke Park tomorrow.

Excitement is building ahead of the tense semi-final clash that will see the Dublin hurlers attempting to reach their first All-Ireland final in 52 years.

Despite living and working in enemy territory, Jacqui (28) says that her heart will always be with the Rebel County.

"If I was putting my money where my mouth is, my heart would say Cork and my head would probably say Dublin," the Cork presenter told the Herald.

"It is hard because I have been a fan of Dublin hurling for a long time and I think they have done really well in the last six years.

"I actually won a bet with my friend that they were going to win a Leinster title.

"But when your own county and team are there, you want them to win as well," she added.

Jacqui says that putting your biases to one side can be very difficult while presenting the blockbuster summer of GAA.

The boys in blue have a chance of doing the double if both the hurlers and footballers make it through to this September's championship deciders.

And the Sunday Sport host says that the form shown by Anthony Daly's men this year has struck fear in the hearts of red-and-white supporters.

"If there is any team who are the biggest fear for a team like Cork, then Dublin are it," she explained.

"I just think that they have done everything well this year.

"In Dublin, the hype is massive and everyone really buys into it, so I'm just looking forward to seeing a full Croke Park this weekend," she added.

Despite tomorrow's mouth-watering line-up, Jacqui is hoping for an All-Ireland final match up with her husband Shane McMahon's native Limerick.


The couple have been making the most of married life since getting hitched in June 2012.

And they enjoyed a trip down-under to Australia earlier this summer where they took in some of the successful British and Irish Lions rugby tour.

"When Limerick beat Cork in the Munster final, we weren't talking to each other after the match," laughed Jacqui.

"So I think if they both got to an All-Ireland final it would be a split household," she added.