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Blue Armada head for Birr Bonanza

IT'S going to be a Birr Bonanza. Dublin and Cork sailing on a voyage of discovery to St Brendan's Park.

Already on Leeside and Liffeyside, they are calling it Super Saturday. Dublin v Cork on the double. First up is the TG4 All-Ireland senior championship quarter-final between the Rebels and the Jackies (2.15).

And that's followed by the All-Ireland U16 'A' Championship final between the two counties (4.0).

Dublin supremo, Paul McLoughlin, is asking the Blue Armada to travel in their droves. The Dubs got commendable support at the All-Ireland minor final and replay.

Hopefully this time, fortune might smile a little kinder as Kane's Kids bid to bring home the U16 chalice for the fourth time. Cork are top of the leader board with seven titles, their last one coming in 2008. They were runners-up to Galway last season.

Dublin have been in bright form. They have plenty of scores in the locker. Against Cavan in the semi-final, Emma Colgan and Amy Conroy were the top tellers. That was Dublin's first competitive game since they won the Leinster crown against Kildare in May, but there was no sign of rust on the boots. Lauren Magee and Holly Greer are fabulous footballers.

Dublin have a tight defence, and the boss-man, Pat Kane, hails the work ethic of the squad. It's a Liffey-Leeside clash that could lift all boats.


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