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Friday 20 September 2019

Ex-taxi man is driving for five in his blue 'Dub-mobile'

Dublin fans John Watson and Paul Hanney in Halston Street before the All Ireland final replay
Dublin fans John Watson and Paul Hanney in Halston Street before the All Ireland final replay

Former taxi man Paul Hanney is literally driving for five.

The lifelong Dublin supporter (52) and his friend John Watson (55) have become a familiar sight around Dublin ever since the Dubs began their 'drive for five' consecutive All-Ireland Senior Football championships.

Mr Hanney - with the help of his friends at Skan.ie - transformed his Hyundai Trajet into a powder blue Dub-mobile with Dublin songs blaring from the surround-sound stereo system.

Emblazoned with a sign reading 'The Holy Grail', a scorecard predicting the outcome of tonight's historic replay match - with the Dubs winning 3-19 against Kerry's 1-11 and a plastic replica of the Sam Maguire cup, the pair are responsible for literally stopping traffic as they cruise around town drumming up support for the Boys in Blue. And not just in the capital either.

Cancer

"We were in enemy territory in Tralee yesterday," he told The Herald.

But rather than trying to convert Kerry supporters, the pair are on a nationwide mission to encourage football supporters to support their local hospices through donations.

Mr Hanney, whose father Ned died of lung cancer in 1990, said the care given to his father in his final days by his local hospice was second to none.

And he is hoping that their call to support local hospices will be answered across the country.

The pair will hit the streets of the capital today to drum up support for the cause as they visit Temple Bar, the Hill 16 pub, Clonliffe House and other meccas for Dubs supporters ahead of tonight's nail-biting replay.

And regardless of whether Dublin makes history tonight or not, the Dub-mobile will be making the rounds nationwide in weeks to come.

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