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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Expats fly in from around the world

Expat fans of GAA have travelled up to 18 hours to see Dublin take on Kerry in the All-Ireland final.

Twenty members of the Asian Gulf Board, an organisation behind the Asian Gaelic Games, have flown over from as far as Tokyo to go to Croke Park tomorrow.

The board's chairman Paraic McGrath (44), pictured with his son, is usually based in Singapore. He's thrilled to be in Dublin for the final.

"It may sound like a long journey for a very short time but I've done the trip several times already and it's worth it.

"If Dublin win, there will be no better place to be on Sunday than the Irish capital, so we feel very lucky as we'll be going out after the game."

Mayo man Paraic has been living all over Asia for the past 20 years and in the past eight years, he has been working for a financial services company in Singapore, one of the countries with the largest Gaelic clubs - outside of English-speaking countries.

Paraic's trip may be extremely short, he said it would allow him to stock up on some Irish goods.

The shopping list includes Taytos, white and black pudding, sausages, Curly Wurlys, tea and wine gums.

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