Friday 20 September 2019

'We can do it': Dub fans confident as they claim tickets for Kerry showdown

‘I’m a born and raised Dub’: Feilim Ó hÉanaigh from Blanchardstown with his tickets for the All-Ireland final. Photo: Gerry Mooney
‘I’m a born and raised Dub’: Feilim Ó hÉanaigh from Blanchardstown with his tickets for the All-Ireland final. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Michéal Ó Scannail

As Dublin aim for a historic five-in-a-row, supporters lined Dorset Street yesterday to claim a ticket to watch what they believe is a foregone conclusion.

While those lucky fans are guaranteed match tickets as part of the Parnell Pass scheme, which they pay a yearly fee for, they did criticise the allocation of general purchase tickets.

Terence McAuley from Cabra, who collected his ticket for the Hill, said the Dubs will win by four or five points.

"I have the ticket for the final and I'm excited now. The Hill the only place to be. Great atmosphere, the banter is great.

"The only place I think where the atmosphere is, is the Hill 16," he said.

"I'm a bit nervous, but I think the Dubs can do it by four or five on the day.

"We have the more experienced squad. Even the players on the bench, I think, can come off and change the game for us."

Feilim Ó hÉanaigh, from Blanchardstown, said if he didn't have a Parnell Pass, he wouldn't be confident of getting a ticket.

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"I'm a born and raised Dub, living out in Blanchardstown. We should do it. Why not?" he said. "I had to get up early to get my ticket. I'm a member of the GAA club out in Blanchardstown and it's sad, but when they're giving tickets out next Thursday, the club will be packed.

"As soon as they get tickets, they're gone. I've been going to matches since the '50s. I used to stand on a disused toilet wall and myself and my mother would be eating sandwiches on it," he added.

Feilim, like all of the supporters in the queue, said he thought Dublin would win easily on Sunday, and like many of them, he expects a seven-in-a-row.

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