Sunday 27 May 2018

Dublin and Kerry look set for Croke Park sellout five months ahead of schedule

Sean McGoldrick

The Allianz Division 1 and 2 League finals at Croke Park on Sunday week, April 24, could be a sell-out gig.

According to a Croke Park statement more than 32,000 tickets – well ahead of predictions – have already been sold for the double bill which also includes a special commemoration to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising.

Last year’s double bill featuring Dublin and Cork in the Division 1 decider and Roscommon and Down in the Division 2 final attracted an attendance of 31,000.

At worst, it looks like the 2016 deciders will attract double that figure and probably a lot more.

All-Ireland champions Dublin are bidding to become only the third county to win four League titles on the spin when they take on Kerry, the last county to win four Leagues in-a-row (1971-1974).

Of course, of far more significance is that it is a repeat of last September’s All-Ireland final in which Dublin recorded their third successive championship win over the Kingdom for the first time.

The Division 2 decider is an attractive all-Ulster tie between Tyrone and Cavan.

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