Monday 18 December 2017

Croker kicks off to thriller with bands, fireworks and abseilers

ABSEILING ball carriers, pyrotechnics and The Rubberbandits (right) -- and all this before Dublin meet Kerry in a mouthwatering clash at GAA headquarters.

Loyal fans are in for a treat when this Spring Series shakes up sports entertainment.

The Kingdom is seeking to reclaim dominance over the Dublin side that was victorious in the All Ireland final last year.

But the boys in blue are relishing the chance to return to the scene of last September's famous last-gasp win over their old rivals at 7.15pm tonight.

Kildare and Tyrone kick off this year's competition at Croke Park this evening. And irreverent Limerick rappers The Rubberbandits and indie rock group Ham Sandwich have been signed up for entertainment at the series.

Traditional folk group The Dubliners are also tipped to play. A spectacular light and pyrotechnic show has been organised to mark the arrival of Dublin and Kerry on the field, as long as the weather behaves. And a number of brave individuals will abseil down the side of the Hogan Stand to deliver the match ball to referee Maurice Deegan.

Thousands of fans from around the country will relish this opportunity to see their side line out before the full season kicks off. The Evening Herald is the official media partner of the series -- we are the only newspaper offering dozens of free tickets to readers in the coming weeks.

A number of free Spring Series jerseys are also up for grabs for our readers.

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