Hurlers triumph as Jedward strut their stuff at Croker
IT WAS a double header with a difference, and that's before we even get to Jedward.
The opening of the Spring Series couldn't have gone any better for the Dubs with their hurlers beating All-Ireland winners Tipperary, and the footballers overcoming champions Cork.
The double-header was the first of the Dublin County Board's four-night Spring Series, being run in conjunction with the Evening Herald.
The night kicked off with a super display by the hurlers with Dublin edging Tipperary 1-16 to 1-15 to secure their first win in the league.
And the footballers added the icing on the cake taking revenge for last year's All-Ireland semi-final disappointment with a trouncing of the Rebels by 3-13 to 0-16.
In between games, the crowd was entertained by the energetic Jedward.
The Eurovision hopefuls bounced around the stage in typical fashion, giving an excited rendition of their new hit track, Lipstick.
And an impressive 35,000 loyal supporters turned up in Croker to witness a battle with the Munster sides.
Dubs fans Niamh O'Neill (18) and Claire Murphy (18) travelled to the event from Kildare to support the boys in blue and told the Herald it was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday: "Jedward were very interesting -- all the young kids loved them. On a whole it was a really fun night," said Niamh.
Damien McCormick, from Donaghmede, stressed that both teams put on a good show: "You have to be impressed, especially with the hurlers as their level of performance has very much improved," said Daniel.
Emma Casey, from Mount Merrion, and Amy Breen, from Goatstown, were kitted out in jerseys with number 11 on them in honour of hurlings centre-forward Declan O'Dwyer. They spoke to the Herald of their love for the sport: "The first goal by Declan O'Dwyer was amazing. "The atmosphere was buzzing too, but it was unfortunate that the hurlers didn't get as much of a crowd."
Girlfriend of hurler Paul Ryan, Jessica Coffey from Knocklyon, was there to cheer on her man: "The girlfriends go to the matches as a group to see the boys play," she said. "I thought Paul had a smashing game."
The Dubs will take on Kerry next week to continue their stay at Croker as part of the series, while Dublin camogie players face Kilkenny.
Spectators will be treated on the night to a performance by Damien Dempsey in-between games to complete the evening.
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