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Sunday 23 September 2018

Council hangs Dublin flags in time for Sunday's final clash with Cork

Dublin flags
Dublin flags

Dublin flags removed from the Tallaght bypass ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football final have been reinstated after anger from fans in blue.

The flags were removed "in error" by a contractor for South Dublin County Council, which was met by outrage in the area.

Local GAA fan Bobby O'Neill said the removal of the flags was a "disgrace".

"It's a terrible thing to do with the girls playing this weekend," he said.

Those sentiments were echoed by local Labour councillor Mick Duff, who was surprised by the move as he said the council was always "very inclusive".

Dublin flags on the N81 Tallaght bypass road. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM
Dublin flags on the N81 Tallaght bypass road. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

"I think in this case it was an oversight," he said.

Now, just in the nick of time, the council confirmed to the Herald the flags were back in place ahead of the Jackies' clash with rivals Cork on Sunday afternoon at Croke Park.

The flags had been up since the men's success earlier this month when they beat Tyrone to win the Sam Maguire for a fourth successive year, but were removed this week just before the women's final.

The Girls in Blue are aiming to do the double this year and keep their traditional bogey team Cork from getting their hands on the Brendan Martin Cup.

They will be well supported on Sunday as around the capital people get behind their side.

The "Up The Dubs" banner is also set to hang on the Fairview Bridge in support of the girls in blue.

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