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Dublin tales of songs and glory

RUSSELL STREET is beside Croke Park. It is about to be turned into a Sunday Miscellany.

AIG, the Dublin GAA sponsors, will have a Fan Booth there next Sunday for the Dublin v Donegal All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

And they are inviting Dubs of all ages to drop in and join in the pre-match fun.

Dublin supporters are invited to share their favourite memories of following the Dubs over the years.

And they will also be encouraged to sing a few bars of their favourite Dublin ditty. It could be Molly Malone, Dublin In The Rare Ould Times, Grafton's Street A Wonderland, Summer In Dublin, Hill 16 has never seen the likes of Heffo's Army, or whatever you are having yourself.

Tales of cheering on the Blues can come from the big championship days or those winter afternoons travelling to some outpost for a National League or an O'Byrne Cup game.

The best contributions will be in the hat to win a Dublin jersey signed by the senior football squad.

Fond recollections could span the decades - the colour and the excitement of the Dublin revolution in the 70's, the magical trip to the Lee in 1983, the Twelve Apostles, the All-Ireland win of 1995 or indeed the more recent success of Pat Gilroy and Jim Gavin.

All recollections are welcomed. It could be a hurling tale or indeed a memory of the girls in blue.

It might be a tribute to a favourite player. Maybe somebody like Mickey Whelan, who will be doing the Bord Gais Energy LegendsTour in Croke Park this Thursday evening (7.pm).

Mickey has done it all - player, selector and manager. He was a treasure of his age - a genial footballer who won two All-Ireland medals with Dublin.

He also enjoyed senior championship success with Clanna Gael and, of course, St Vincents. As a player and manager, he collected All-Ireland titles with Vins.

"I'm honoured to have been asked to host the tour. It's nice to look back and share your memories with people in such an iconic venue," said Mickey.

The tour includes a look behind the scenes and what the players experience on big match day. It also includes a trip to the museum. Booking is essential. More information on www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum.

* Dublin GAA club members can get exclusive offers on car, home and travel insurance products on www.aig.ie/dubs or call 1850 50 27 27.