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Photographer goes for broke in bid to snap up gold-dust tickets

SIX days to go and the hottest tickets in town are changing hands for more than €500 each.

Dublin and Mayo's clash in next Sunday's All-Ireland final has created an unprecedented ticket frenzy. GAA fans want to be in Croke Park for what is being billed as one of the most exciting finals in years.

One man was even willing to split his soul and two jerseys in a bid to secure tickets to the All Ireland.

Gary Barrett, a photographer based in Tallaght but originally from Mulranny, Co Mayo, cut his beloved home's colours in half and attached his adopted home of 16 years' true blue shade to show his support for both sides.

Now he is offering to swap a full wedding photography package, worth €1,500, for eight tickets to the match.

For those who don't have eight tickets, Gary is willing to exchange a wedding album for six tickets, or engagement photos for two. If any couples Gary has already photographed can furnish him with the tickets, he will give them a free album, and anyone already booked in will be offered an engagement and family shoot for free.

Gary also offered his "photo lounge" service to couples. A take on the classic photobooth, he will provide a photo lounge for the evening part of a wedding as an alternative to a full-day package.

Gary said he is surprised at the interest in his campaign: "I put it up not really expecting anything, then it was picked up by some websites."

Of course, he could also try entering the Herald competition.

We have two tickets to give away each day between Tuesday and Saturday. Pick up a copy of tomorrow's paper for entry details.