Friday 15 December 2017

Mayor wants to paint the city blue in support of Dubs in final

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh has been inundated with requests for tickets
Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh has been inundated with requests for tickets

The Mansion House will be lit up in blue ahead of Dublin's All-Ireland Final clash with Kerry and the Lord Mayor wants the same for other iconic Dublin landmarks.

Lord Mayor, Criona Ni Dhalaigh said she has asked Dublin City Council (DCC) to make the capital as blue as possible in time for Kerry's arrival on September 20.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh is hoping the whole city will get behind Jim Gavin's team on Sunday week, and said DCC has lots of time to put everything in place.

"They've two weeks to do it, and I've put a request in to see what other things they can do ahead of the game," she told the Herald.


"I'd like the idea of the whole of Dublin being covered in blue for the match - so there'd be no getting away from the fact that you're in Dublin and that Dublin are playing in the final.

"The Mansion House is already lit up all blue and the flags will be up soon, too.

"We're also trying to get some of the other landmarks in the city lit up - iconic buildings or landmarks like the Ha'penny Bridge."

For St Patrick's Day in March, the Spire, Government Buildings, the RDS and Trinity College were all lit up in green.

The Lord Mayor said that she would normally find it impossible to get a ticket for an All-Ireland Final, but one of the best perks of her position is that she is guaranteed one.

"I've always supported the Dubs, but it's a lot easier now because I get a ticket automatically," she said.

"It's handy, because the Lord Mayor gets a ticket, but I've been absolutely inundated with calls from friends and family asking me can I get them a ticket. I can't get anyone a ticket - my sister has me tortured.

" I wish I could - not unless I have powers I don't know about, but no one's told me."

She told the Herald that normally she would watch the final on the television with her mother.

"Usually, I'd have been watching the All-Ireland final with my mam in the house.

"We'd have our dinner and we'd sit down and watch it on the telly, she loves watching it and never misses a game.

"It's so unfair that people who go all year round can't get a ticket when they're in the final, it's so wrong," said Ms Ni Dhalaigh.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh also said that Kerry fans should steer clear of Hill 16 for the final.

She said that for anyone from another county to be on the Hill when Dublin are playing would be "sacrilege".

"I was on the Hill once before and it was so emotional, it's something that everyone should experience sometime," she said.


"The atmosphere is electric on the Hill - there's no place like it and it's where most people want to be.

"It's obvious just from seeing them on the Hill that the match means everything to them.

"The Hill is for the Dubs, it's their patch. There are plenty of other places to sit around the stadium."

Meanwhile, former Lord Mayor Christy Burke said he will camp outside GAA ticket offices for two nights if he has to in order to get a ticket.

Mr Burke is a massive supporter of the Boys in Blue, but said he won't be getting any special favours.

"I'm a true Dubs supporter all my life and I can assure you this - by hook or by crook, no matter what way I have to go about it, I will have my ticket," he said.

"That's nothing to do with favours. I'll be like everyone else. If I have to queue for two nights, I will."

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