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O'Grady rallies Blue Army for double bill

THE former Dublin hurling manager, Michael O'Grady, is hoping to see the Blue tide flow towards Tullamore next Sunday.

"It's a big day for Dublin hurling. And, from our point of view, it's a very attractive double-bill with the Fingal hurlers and the Dublin seniors in action," states Michael.

"It's important that the two teams get as much support as possible. These are two big games for Dublin hurling."

The Friends of Dublin Hurling will be running buses to O'Connor Park -- 10 euro for adults and a fiver for juveniles.

The buses will leave Connolly Station (12.15pm) and The Spa, Lucan (12.45pm). To book a seat, text your name and pick-up point to 087-2331983 without delay.

"We operate the system on a first-come, first served basis," explains Michael. "Only those that pre-book can travel on the buses.

"We'd love to welcome new members into the Friends of Dublin Hurling. We lost out a bit this year because Dublin had no home matches in Parnell Park and, unfortunately, we weren't able to sell membership at Croke Park. We'd love to see a surge before the end of the month."

You can join online at www.fodh.ie or by sending your name, mobile number and email address to Tom O'Donnell, St Vincent's CBS, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. It's 20 euro for an adult and a tenner for juveniles.

All members receive a membership card, a FODH biro and a car sticker. They'll also be entered in a monthly draw.

The FODH folk also select their own man-of-the-match. This season's winners have been Peter Kelly (v Galway), Danny Sutcliffe (v Cork and Kilkenny), Paul Schutte (v Tipperary) and RuairĂ­ Trainor (v Waterford).

Michael remains upbeat about Sunday, and the season ahead. "The Dubs will put in a serious challenge this summer. You can put your house on it."