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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dubs will stay 'in a bubble' away from hype, reveals former skipper Bryan Cullen as build-up intensifies

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Odeon cinemas nationwide host free screening GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final,Dublin footballer Bryan Cullen and kids Morgan Freeman,Charlie OReilly,Savannah Keogh and Summer O'Callaghan pictured at the Odean Dublin this afternoon…Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Odeon cinemas nationwide host free screening GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final,Dublin footballer Bryan Cullen and kids Morgan Freeman,Charlie OReilly,Savannah Keogh and Summer O'Callaghan pictured at the Odean Dublin this afternoon…Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Jonny Cooper poses for a photograph with Mégan Sheridan, from Finglas, during the Dublin Senior Football Open Night. Parnell Park, Dublin.

DUBLIN players will try to keep themselves "in a bubble" away from the hype of the All-Ireland final, according to their former All-Ireland-winning captain.

The Dubs face current champions Kerry on September 20, and former captain Bryan Cullen said the team would only be focusing on preparation ahead of the tie - and nothing else.

Appreciate

Cullen, who lifted the Sam Maguire Cup as captain against Kerry in 2011, retired at the end of the 2014 season.

He said that he has only come to appreciate how it is important it is for players to isolate themselves from everything that is going on around them.

"I was only asked a couple of weeks ago how it compares to playing. When I was a player I was very good at going into a bubble and playing everything down," said Cullen.

"It's only now I realise how big the occasions actually are and how big of a spectacle they actually are."

The former centre-back said he wouldn't even listen to the radio in the lead up to big games.

"I was good at keeping it all to myself, get all the tickets out of the way and try and treat it like another game," said Cullen.

"You keep away from the media.

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Jonny Cooper poses for a photograph with Mégan Sheridan, from Finglas, during the Dublin Senior Football Open Night. Parnell Park, Dublin

"Even driving in the car, if a sports show came on, you'd flick it off, just keep away from everything and try to hone in on the performance and not be worrying about the outcome," he added.

The Skerries native said the achievements of this Dublin team had surpassed all expectation and the two teams were very evenly-matched ahead of the final.

"To go for three in five years is a massive achievement, and it's something that hopefully we'll do," he said.

Cullen was speaking at the launch of Odeon cinemas' coverage of the All-Ireland final, where cinemas across the country, four of which are in Dublin, will show the match for supporters who can't get a ticket.

Tickets for the events, in Blanchardstown, Coolock, Stillorgan and the Point Village, are free of charge.

Lisa Clancy of the GAA said that the screenings were a great opportunity for fans of both counties.

Fantastic

"Screening the GAA football final is a fantastic way to soak up the electrical atmosphere for those who can't make it to Croke Park on All-Ireland final day.

"We hope GAA supporters will take advantage of this unique opportunity," she said.

Cinema tickets for the event are limited to one family pass per person, with parental supervision required.

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