Tickets sell out in minutes for historic homecoming this weekend

by Rachel Darcy

Following the history making five-in-a-row win by the Dublin Senior Men’s team followed by a ‘three-in-a-row victory’ for the Dublin Ladies team last weekend, details have been announced for a historic homecoming this weekend.

The Lord Mayor is inviting all Dublin fans to Merrion Square this Sunday, with free tickets being issued to all Dublin GAA clubs. Tickets were available from Eventbrite this morning, but sold out within an hour of going live on the site.

All remaining tickets have been allocated to the Dublin County Board and the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association, with information on how to apply for the remaining tickets to be distributed by Dublin GAA clubs later today.

The event was moved from its traditional location in Smithfield as Merrion Square has over twice the audience capacity of Smithfield and a decision was taken to ticket the event on health and safety advice.

Proceedings in Merrion Square will kick off at 1:30pm, running until 4:30pm, and will feature live performances from Keywest and Eoin Thomas & The Rising Sons.

The entertainment will be followed by interviews with former Dublin football stars, hosted by Marty Morrissey.

A specially commissioned video of Dublin wins from 1891 to 2018 will also play, as well as highlights from both the ladies and the men’s matches. Both teams and staff will also be there on the day.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe said: “The Homecoming will be full of colour and excitement and an opportunity for Dublin fans to reunite and relive sporting history with their heroes.”

To accommodate the homecoming, Merrion Square South and East, Mount Street Upper and Fitzwilliam Street Lower will be closed to traffic from 6pm this Saturday, September 28.

There will be no parking at the event, as there are no special arrangements for event parking in the Merrion Square area, with the public being advised to use public transport.

Alcohol will not be permitted, and the event is family friendly. There will be free drinking water, with the public encouraged to bring drinking bottles.

There will also be security searches at the event, with patrons asked not to bring bags larger than A4 size, large flags or flag poles.

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