Saturday 22 October 2016

Dubs to get big screen to watch All-Ireland clash

Dublin fans Lucy Dawson and Louise Archbold
Dublin fans Lucy Dawson and Louise Archbold

Dublin fans without a ticket for the All-Ireland final will be able to watch it on a giant screen in the city centre.

Plans are underway to turn Smithfield Plaza into a sea of blue for the Dubs clash with bitter rivals, Kerry on Sunday, September 20.

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke put it to the Dublin City Council (DCC) hours after Sunday's semi-final victory over Mayo, and the local authority has given the green light to the plan.

A similar set-up was organised in the area in 2013, when the Dubs defeated Mayo.

The last time out, thousands of supporters got to see the game on a 48m2 screen, free of charge.

"It was a massive success two years ago and I'm pleased to say that Dublin City Council are working on it and it's going ahead unless there's torrential thunderstorms or whatever.


"It was like a miniature Croke Park atmosphere that day and I've no doubt that it will be even bigger this time out," Mr Burke said.

He said that, given the high demand for tickets for the final, a lot of people will be left disappointed.

"Everybody wants to be in Croke Park for the game, but that's not going to happen," said Mr Burke. "There will be people who will unfortunately not be able to get tickets for the game, and this is here for them."

The event is set to be family orientated and will be alcohol-free, with Mr Burke saying that he will be pushing the council to release some extra funding for entertainment including clowns, face-painting and music.

"The other thing is that I'll be asking that big Dublin flags fly right along the Liffey in the lead up to the All Ireland.

"I'm talking about the big flags that come down the side of the Liffey - half blue and half navy, so there'll be a corridor of Dublin flags as you come into the city," Mr Burke said.

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