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What a day for the Brogans as Croker gears up for thriller

Excitement is mounting as the Dubs return to Croker after a two-week break in the Spring Series.

The Blues continue the four-night sporting festival at GAA HQ tomorrow afternoon, with a clash against Mayo. The Dublin footballers are set to take on the Connacht team as part of their Allianz League home fixtures.

Although the Dubs are favourites, Mayo will be hoping to repeat their heroic victory over the Blues at Croker in the 2006 All-Ireland semi.

It will be a memorable occasion for all-star forward Bernard Brogan and his family tomorrow.

The youngest Brogan, Paul, will enjoy his first start for Dublin in the Allianz League, following in the footsteps of brothers Bernard and Alan.

The curtain-raiser sees Dessie Farrell's footballers of the Dublin minors face Laois in a Leinster battle at the stadium, helping to further promote the sport and its young talent.

It is a dream come true for the minors to play in Croke Park before the Dublin seniors.





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Fresh off their wins against Wexford and Louth, the challenge match will also provide the boys with fantastic preparation in the run-up to their Championship campaign next month.

Match-goers can expect to be treated to another cracking musical show between games -- trad rock legends Horslips will have the crowd jumping from their seats.

Despite fears that ticket sales will drop due to the event being held on a Sunday, up to 20,000 Dublin fans are expected to turn up in their droves to cheer on the lads at headquarters.

Throw-in for the minors match is at 12.15 followed by the short concert by Horslips.

The Dubs are to step on to the pitch for a 2.30pm start at GAA HQ.

Tickets can be bought for the occasion at all usual outlets and are priced at a competitive €13 for an adult.

For more information on tickets, visit your local Dublin GAA club, on www.gaa.ie or on www.ticketmaster.ie

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