It’s All-Ireland final No.75 for Sean .. once he scores a ticket

by Sylvia Pownall
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DYED-IN-THE-WOOL Dubs supporter Sean Hallinan is bidding to attend his 75th All Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday.

The 86-year-old from Cabra – who attended his first All-Ireland at the age of nine – hopes to be there once again to see the boys in blue defeat Mayo to raise the Sam Maguire Cup.

Sean has yet to secure a ticket but is ever the optimist and expects to be among the 83,000-capacity crowd at Sunday’s final with his nephew Joe, who flew in from New York for the game.

He told The Gazette: “My first final was in 1939 and it was known as the thunder and lightning final – Kilkenny beat Cork by a point.

“My older brother Joe and I were boarders in St Vincent’s school in Glasnevin and we used to go to the matches every Sunday.

“He was my best friend and we used to travel all over the country in the van supporting the Dubs.”

Sean’s brother Joe passed away in 2013 and he now goes with his nephew, also Joe – who has flown home from New York every year since 2002 for the Croker final.

Sean said: “The game has changed and it’s a lot faster than it was in my day. I played right hand forward or corner forward, take your pick. It was a lot more physical then but I love it just as much today.”

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