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Magnificent Sevens showdown is not to be missed

IT'S a day when Portmarnock is twinned with Malahide. Over 1,000 people will be on stage for next Saturday's Tesco All-Ireland Club Sevens.

For the hosts, Naomh Mearnóg and St Sylvester's, it will be hands across the hedge. The adjoining club grounds are ideal for holding such a massive spectacle.

And the venue will also see a Tented Village which will showcase top sports equipment, GAA fashion accessories and sports science.

Several Dublin clubs are taking part. In the senior grade, there will be St Brigid's, Naomh Mearnóg, Clanna Gael Fontenoy, Na Fianna and Fingallians.

St Sylvester's and Garda will compete at intermediate level, while the entries for the junior category include Cuala, St Peregrine's, Kilmacud Crokes, O'Toole's, Castleknock and Thomas Davis.

The Tallaght team won the junior crown last year, beating Claregalway in the final. Last season's intermediate was an all-Galway duel as Kilkerrin/Clonberne overcame Milltown.

The renowned Ballymacarbry from Waterford took the senior prize, defeating the Banner of Clare in the final. Ballymacarbry are one of the most decorated names in ladies football.

When Ballymac were at their peak, champion footballer, Catriona Casey of Scoil Mobhi, Glasnevin played for them.

The first ball throws in at 10am. There will be a championship and shield in all grades.

All the finals are pencilled in for 5pm. Lyn Savage of the Ladies Football Association urges spectators to head for the coast.

"Saturday will see ladies football at its best," states Lyn. "We'd certainly advise people to come along.

"It is a real highlight of the All-Ireland weekend, and the games are sure to be as competitive as ever."