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Thursday 16 August 2018

Weeshie's all geared up for 'dream final'

BROADCASTER Weeshie Fogarty is leading the Kerry pack as the county rallies for another All-Ireland title and a momentous day in Killarney.

Legendary presenter and GAA's go-to man, Fogarty is raring to go as another Dublin versus Kerry classic final comes back around.

"I love two games -- Kerry and Cork, or Kerry and Dublin," he revealed.

"This is a dream final -- the Dubs bring something magical to the occasion, they are incredible supporters," the Radio Kerry host told the Herald.

"There's great rivalry that has really built over the years since the '70s."

Weeshie, who saw his first Kerry versus Dublin clash in 1955, will be one of thousands of the Kingdom's supporters hoping for an uneven 37 titles to add to the victory wall.

The Killarney native admits he's looking forward to another day out in the capital, where nothing can compare to the magic inside Croke Park.

"The atmosphere in Croke Park is electric for such an occasion -- standing up for the national anthem is very special, it's fabulous.

"Dublin fans bring great colour, wit and enthusiasm to matches -- they are so passionate."

Not only are Kerry supporters hoping for another notch on their Championship belt, the decider may also prove momentous for local hero Colm 'Gooch' Cooper: "It's a historic event for Colm -- if Kerry win the All-Ireland and he accepts the Sam Maguire cup, he'll be the first ever captain to come back to Dr Croke's club with the silverware in hand," said Weeshie.

A former player and referee himself, the Terrace Talk host insists that his team have enough in them to step past Pat Gilroy's Blues.

"I'd be expecting Kerry to win the game -- the hunger is there this year. From the word go you could see Jack O'Connor was regretting what happened against Down last year.

"Only one thing matters down here -- winning the All-Ireland title. That's not being big-headed or anything, but if we don't win there's always a big enquiry as to why we haven't won."

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