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Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

THE excitement is building in Coollattin ahead of the club's first appearance at the AIG Cups and Shields finals.

Preparations are almost complete for their All-Ireland semi-final against Ulster champions Rossmore in the Pierce Purcell Shield and team manager Neil Fitzgerald is looking forward to the big occasion.

"There is a great buzz around the place and plenty of talk around the club especially among the older members. Some members are booking their holidays to coincide with the finals," said Fitzgerald.

Preparations include an overnight stay overnight in Dublin tomorrow before Wednesday's semi-final.

The Wicklow club won their first ever Leinster title in July when they overcame the challenge of Tullamore at Lisheen Springs.

It was an emotional victory, especially for the older brigade in the club who had never seen such success.

Mick Shorthall and Jim Cullen were the heroes in the Leinster final, securing the decisive point in the fourth match, but there is plenty of sporting talent in the team.

Former GAA players such as Paul Tyrrell, who played inter-county football with Wicklow in the 1980s, and Joe Murphy, who hurled with the Garden County, have found the golf course ideal for rekindling their competitive spirit, especially in the team format en route to the finals.

"They're all hugely competitive and their GAA background helps them when it comes to team golf," said team boss Fitzgerald.

Although they are firmly in bonus territory and up against it when they play Rossmore, who are back-to-back Ulster champions, Coollattin want to make the most of their opportunity.

As so many of their players know, it's rare you get a shot at an All-Ireland title, so they will give it their best.

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