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Saturday 19 August 2017

Jack (4) makes waves for Dubs ahead of Rebel clash

LITTLE Jack O'Leary (4) waves his "Up the Dubs" flag while swimming underwater as the excitement builds before Saturday's football All Ireland quarter finals.

Jack is a big fan of the team – but you would expect nothing less from the son of legendary former Dublin captain John O'Leary.

John told the Herald he is looking forward to attending the Dublin versus Cork match on Saturday evening.

He said: "Dublin are doing very well. It's a critical time in the championship.

"They have looked very good. But they are playing Cork and you expect big things.

"On the basis of their performance to date, you would expect Dublin to win. But you would always be wary of a side like Cork," John said.

He said that the championship has already seen a few surprises, for instance when All Ireland champions Donegal lost to Monaghan in the Ulster final.

But he said that "hopes are high" for the Dubs.

John finally hung up his gloves for his county in 1997 – he had been goalkeeper from 1980.

He was the Dublin captain when the team won the All Ireland title in 1995.

Two of his other sons, Oisin (18) and Fionn (13), play hurling and football for Skerries Harps.

VACUUM

The dad of five who also has a daughter Aisling (23), and two-year-old Tom, said that Jack has enjoyed swimming with Waterbabies since he was a small baby.

Meanwhile, the residents living around Croke Park have a different kind of water on their mind – they are hoping there will be no repeat of the flooding that occurred last week affecting Jones's Road.

However, luckily Croke Park's drainage system can cope with any amount of rainfall – it has a vacuum system that clears the pitch of surface water.

So, the final preparations are now under way for the four All Ireland quarter finals scheduled for this weekend.

On Saturday, Monaghan will take on Tyrone at 5pm in Croke Park, followed by the Dublin versus Cork clash.

On Sunday, Kerry will take on Cavan at 2pm, followed by Mayo's match against Donegal.

fdillon@herald.ie

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