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Friday 20 July 2018

Dublin's biggest fan Bernie recovering after op she postponed to watch game

DUBLIN'S most dedicated fan is recovering after the operation she postponed to support the boys in blue.

Bernie Game (52) pledged not to let anything get between her and the big match at Croke Park last weekend -- even a hospital procedure.

Bernie put off the operation in the Mater Hospital until yesterday despite protests from her doctors and her family.

But she is now recovering at home and said she couldn't feel better after the victorious win.

"They all think I'm mad but it didn't matter," she told the Herald.

"It was fabulous, it was well worth it. I went to Croke Park and it was brilliant."

The Dubliner has been supporting her team since the 1970s and even remembers going to the games with her dad.

"When I was a kid I went with my dad to the matches and we wore the paper hats -- the colour would run down your face," she said.



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"I even used to make streamers and sell them on the road up to Croke Park too."

Bernie cheered on the capital county from the Hogan Stand last weekend and has no regrets about putting off the operation.

And she is determined to make it to the crunch final against Kerry in September.

"I'll make it there no matter what," she said.

But the Dublin mum said she would find it hard to predict the final score after a nail-biting two-point win over Donegal.

"It will be very close," she said. "I'd even go to say that we'll get 1-8 to 1-7 it will be that close.

"I was very disappointed with the red card on Sunday," she added. "I'd say he (Connolly) is very disappointed about it.

"Most of the lads are from St Vincent's near us so we'd know a few of them well. There was a big celebration at the Auld Triangle on Sunday night."

Bernie from Dorset Street is footballer Ger Brennan's number-one fan and proudly wears his number six on the back of her prized Blues jersey.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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