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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dubs fans plan more murals before Boys in Blue face Mayo

Dublin supporter Evan Price, aged 6, from Cabra. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin supporter Evan Price, aged 6, from Cabra. Photo: Sportsfile

Plans are afoot for at least two more GAA murals near Croke Park to back the Dubs before next month's All- Ireland final.

The Boys in Blue convincingly booked their place in the title decider against Mayo after dismantling Tyrone on Sunday afternoon.

As the build-up begins for their rematch with the men from the west on September 17, locals are intent on making sure that the green and red army will not only be greeted by a wall of noise from Hill 16, but also a wall of colour around the stadium.

Murals of Hill 16 and the Sam Maguire are understood to be in the pipeline for areas in Summerhill and Ballybough.

However, no specific street or road has yet been chosen.

Two murals are already dotted around Croke Park, having been commissioned by Dublin City Council.

The first one - of Hill 16 favourite Diarmuid Connolly - is located at Croke Villas outside the stadium. The latest addition is a dedication to iconic Dublin manager Kevin Heffernan.

Hit

The "Heffo's Army" artwork is located near the Clonliffe House pub, and is understood to have been a hit with supporters.

Dozens have been spotted posing up to the mural since it was completed over the weekend, including Dublin star Philly McMahon.

It is understood the cost of the Heffo mural came in at around €2,000 and was funded by Dublin City Council.

Former Lord Mayor Christy Burke told the Herald that anything that promotes sport around the north inner city is backed by the council.

A lack of sports promotion was highlighted as an issue that needed to be addressed in the report by the north inner city task force last year.

"The amount of people at it for photographs has been unbelievable. It's a great incentive to kids and that's money well spent," said Mr Burke.

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