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Friday 2 December 2016

True blue councillor Mark has the Dubs' back

Mark Ward and his tattoo
Mark Ward and his tattoo

He's a massive Dubs fan - and he has the massive tattoo to prove it.

Councillor Mark Ward (41), from Harelawn, Clondalkin, has been showing off his Dublin crest ink, ahead of the All-Ireland final showdown against Mayo tomorrow.

He told the Herald how at first, he planned to get a smaller Dublin crest on his shoulder, but after discussing it with the tattoo artist, the design got bigger and bigger.

"I'm absolutely a passionate Dublin fan, I follow them all over the country, from O'Byrne Cup matches in the freezing cold, to the championship.

"I have a few tattoos, but I had wanted to get the crest for a long time," he said.

He eventually went under the needle in 2013 and while the end result was impressive, the experience wasn't all pleasant.

"It took about six sittings. If I had known the pain I was going to go through I wouldn't do it again. A stronger man might have done it in three," he joked.

The Sinn Fein councillor said it was a friend who tattooed him, rather than a tattoo parlour.

"It's lucky it was a friend because I don't think they would have put up with me (in a tattoo shop). One of the sittings I could only last 45 minutes," he said.

The father-of-three and full-time councillor said his two daughters are massive Dubs fans and travel with him to most of the games.

But so far he has only managed to secure one ticket, as season ticket holder, for Croke Park's Hill 16 for the final.

He also said more needed to be done to tackle the problem of touting.

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