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O'Grady calls on true Blues to make noise

FORMER Dublin manager, Michael O'Grady, firmly believes that Dublin are in with a big shout in Portlaoise on Saturday.

But he is calling on all Dubs to shout it out for the Blues. Michael feels that Dublin's 16th man (and woman) could be crucial in overcoming the Cats. A major change since his time in charge of the team is Dublin's newly-acquired strength in depth.

"The squad is very strong now. We'll have a very serious bench. Dublin are in with a real opportunity, but Kilkenny are still the hot favourites.

"That's where the Dublin followers can play their part by turning up in big numbers."

The Friends of Dublin Hurling are running buses to O'Moore Park. They'll leave Connolly Station (12.15pm) and the Poitin Stil (12.45pm).

To book a seat, text your name and pick-up point to 087-2331983. The cost is a tenner for adults and a fiver for juveniles. The deadline is tomorrow. Only those who book on time are eligible to travel.

"We want to turn Portlaoise into a sea of blue," adds Michael. "It is going to be a huge day for Dublin hurling with our minors playing Kilkenny (3.15) and the senior game at 5.0. To encourage the Dublin fans to display their colours and their car flags, we have six free Che Daly T-shirts to give away, and our FODH spies will be in Portlaoise picking out the winners."

You can also win two tickets for Saturday's double-bill by answering 'what club does Ciarán Kilkenny play for?'. Email your answer to fodh@eircom.net