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Dublin VEC warm up for a wee encounter

THE DUBLIN VEC footballers have polished the boots. They are away to Louth next Saturday.

They'll warm-up for that test with a challenge match against the Dublin U-16s in Ballymun tomorrow night.

There's a wide spread of clubs on the Dublin squad. They include St Jude's, St Anne's, Castleknock, Skerries Harps, O'Dwyer's, Thomas Davis and Lucan Sarsfields.

David Higgins is the manager. His co-pilots are Marcus O Leanachain, Eamon O'Connor, Gerry Sutton and Tom Connolly.

"We had a decent run last year, getting to the Leinster final where we lost to Kildare in Newbridge," recalls David.

"We have a good group and we'd hope to go one step better if we can.

"But the focus very much is on Louth."

If Dublin win that, they will face either Meath at home or Wicklow away.

Even in deepest winter, the thoughts of a Royal Rumble are enough to get the blue blood bubbling.

Mick's still on ball with Dub CITY FM

THEY are saying that Mick Hanley now has more listeners than Terry Wogan.

Dublin City FM (103.2) are 20 years on air. They will celebrate the achievement this week.

In another life, they were known as Anna Livia FM. But now their ratings are at an all-time high.

The station caters for all tastes, and a feature of the output is the GAA Sportsdesk show on Wednesday nights (7-8pm).

The programme covers every corner of the capital.

All the codes get a good billing. All the interviewees get a good grilling!

There's features, previews, reviews and excellent analysis.

A cluster of top pundits have been assembled to give their two-pence worth.

Mick has two trusty co-pilots, David O'Grady and Suzanne Parker.

It's well worth tuning into.

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