Dublin are just 70 minutes from creating history as they bid to win a seventh Leinster Senior Football Championship title in succession at Croke Park this Sunday – a feat never before achieved.
An emerging Offaly side stopped Dublin’s most recent seven-in-a-row bid in 1979 and now Kildare must focus on upsetting the strong favourites.
Wexford brought a huge crowd to GAA HQ to witness their first appearance in a Leinster hurling final since 2008 and the Lilywhites will be out in force for their return to the football final after an eight year gap.
Kildare’s most recent Croke Park experience was the Allianz League Division 2 decider in April, which they lost to Galway, before Kerry dethroned Dublin in the Division 1 final the same afternoon.
Since then, Cian O’Neill’s Kildare have convincingly defeated Laois and Meath in the Leinster Championship. Many of the players who promised so much in the underage ranks are now establishing themselves at the top level and will relish this challenge against the reigning champions.
Dublin have also enjoyed a trouble-free passage to this stage, with comfortable wins over Carlow and Westmeath, and remain favourites to complete a hat-trick of Sam Maguire triumphs.
Former Dubs star Shane Ryan says the reigning champions won’t be giving a second thought to creating history with a seventh title in a row.
“Seeing how Jim Gavin operates, I don’t think he will be talking about going out to win to set a record,” he says. “He seems to keep things low-key and repeats the same mantra, to get the performance right and win a game. I know it can come across as boring sometimes, but it’s genuine and, in part, that’s what has them so successful.”
And while he agrees with the general consensus that Dublin will retain the title on Sunday, Ryan feels that coming up against a Division 1 team with two good wins under their belts could mean that Dublin will have to work harder to triumph than in recent seasons in the province.
“To a certain extent, Kildare have reached their targets for this season: to get promoted in the league and to reach a Leinster final. I don’t think they have much to lose because no one is giving them a chance, except maybe themselves, and they will have huge support behind them,” says Ryan.
Here’s all the ticket info:
Hogan Stand (No Concession) – (Pre-Purchase Price) €35 (On Match Day) €40
Cusack Stand – (Pre-Purchase Price) €35 (On Match Day) €40
Davin Stand – (Pre-Purchase Price) €35 (On Match Day) €40
Hill 16 – €25
1 Adult and 2 Juveniles etc.
Family Tickets are only available for Cusack and Davin Stands
Adults – €35 Juveniles – €5 (Pre-Purchase Price) Adult: €40 Juveniles – €5 (On Match Day)
You are permitted to purchase 2 Juveniles ticket with every 1 Adult Ticket purchased
Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only):-
Purchase full price tickets and on the day of the match they can claim a rebate of €10 when they produce appropriate I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D prior to entering the stadium)
The Wheelchair Ticket are free of charge and the Assistant’s ticket is €35
Group Passes (Under 16’s) – Davin Stand Only
Groups Passes are provided for groups of Juveniles U-16 €5 each (you are permitted to bring 1 adult free with every ten Juveniles) any additional adults pay full price for their tickets.-