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Sunday 19 August 2018

Croker under lights, Dubs on fire, Kerry beaten...does it get any better than this?

CROKER under lights, the Dubs on fire and Kerry going home defeated.

What a weekend of sport and what a success for the Spring Series concept.

There are still two more weekends of sport and fun left, and plenty of time to join in on the action with cut-price tickets.

The Blues proved too hot to handle for the Kingdom, securing a second win for the home side -- after already beating All Ireland champions Cork.

The atmosphere was electric.

A beautifully noisy crowd of 23,705 turned out for the occasion to cheer on the boys.



IMPRESSED

This means GAA chiefs are now set to repeat the Spring Series -- championed by media partners the Herald -- next year.

Among the proud supporters was the Murphy family, who had their first outing at Croker. Mum Fiona Murphy brought her three daughters Keeva (5), Heather (7) and Ruth (9) to the match for a fun and affordable Saturday night.

Ruth was particularly impressed by the stadium.

"It was much bigger than I expected, you walk in and you're almost straight out on the pitch," she said.

Although it was an unfortunate night for Dublin's camogie ladies after Kilkenny got the better of them, fans were content that they hadput on a good show. Hannah McInerney (19) and Arleen Cushen (20) from Glasnevin took to the field with the camogie team. Hannah spoke to the Herald and said they were disappointed with their loss against the Cats.

"We didn't play particularly well, but it was a great boost to have the event televised. It's great for the sport and it was brilliant to get to play at the venue," she said. "It was my first time playing in Croke Park and in front of such a large crowd," Arleen added.

Watching the Dubs grind out another win over the Munster force were siblings Jennifer and David Reilly, from Clonsilla.

"I've sat through those teary days in Croke Park, I've been that soldier.

Today we're delighted, it was a good win for Dublin," said Jennifer.

Brother David is also a die-hard fan. "I didn't mind losing my voice for it, it was worth it. 1977 was the last time we beat Kerry at Croke Park."

Katie (14) and Aidan O'Hara (12) travelled back from the UK to cheer on the boys in blue.

"We've been Dublin fans forever. Our dad got us into the game at a young age."

Rathfarnham locals Damien Gallagher and Ian Kealy braved the cold weather and gave the thumbs up to Dubs.

"It was a great night. Kevin McManaman up front really stood out, he gave a solid performance in the second half."

Kevin Foley, Colm Foley and Anthony McAnaw from Blanchardstown, were delighted for the Blues and said they will definitely go to the remaining matches.

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