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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dublin fans scramble for tickets as Kerry eye 'ultimate challenge'

Caragh Dawson with her cousin Aine Dawson, going to see the clash between Dublin and
Donegal Picture: Fergal Phillips
Caragh Dawson with her cousin Aine Dawson, going to see the clash between Dublin and Donegal Picture: Fergal Phillips

Tickets for the highly-anticipated semi-final showdown between Dublin and Kerry are set to be in short supply.

Despite falling short in their last three championship meetings, the Kingdom's supporters can't wait to have another go at the Boys in Blue.

The age-old rivals are set to clash again in the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final, and both sides are gearing up for a tense game.

TV3 sports reporter and Kerry native Sinead Kissane was vocal in her support for her home county, but recognised that it would be "so hard" for Kerry.

"I think Kerry have been eyeing this one up ever since we lost to Dublin in last year's final," she added.

"We were beaten by them again in the league final, which was terribly disappointing - but this really is going to be the ultimate challenge.

"I think for Kerry, having lost the last few big games to Dublin, everything is going to be on the line this time."

Sinead added that Kerry would be very keen for revenge.

Change

"There really is a great tradition there. Now that Dublin have the upper hand, it will definitely be something we will want to change."

The teams will face each other on August 28 after Dublin defeated Donegal in Saturday's quarter-final in Croke Park.

However, online tickets for the game have already been snapped up. Meanwhile, Barry Fennell of the Dublin supporter's club, Hill 16 Army, said the match would attract immense crowds to the 80,000-capacity stadium.

"For a Dublin versus Kerry match, you'd fill Croke Park twice over," he told the Herald.

Mr Fennell, who won the Best Dub Fan award earlier this year, said he was optimistic about Dublin's performance in the semi-final.

But he expressed concern about soaring prices, and the risk that ticket touts could profit due to fans' desire to go to the game.

"Some people buy 20 tickets in one go, and then sell them on at double or triple the price," he added.

Loyalty

Mr Fennell suggested a loyalty scheme for GAA ticket buyers that would allow previous match attendees to get their tickets before others.

"If you have your stub from previous games, you should be given priority," he said.

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