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Dubs versus Kerry clash could be set for Dublin big screens

By Allison Bray

It's the eagerly awaited clash of the Titans and it could be coming to a giant screen near you.

Thousands of disappointed football fans, unable to secure tickets for Dublin's first decider in 16 years when they meet Kerry at Croke Park, may yet get to see their heroes in action -- but on a giant public screen.

Lord Mayor Andrew Montague last night confirmed that Dublin City Council is in 11th hour negotiations with the GAA to consider erecting giant screens in a park or large public space to allow ticketless supporters to watch the match together.

The idea is similar to fanzones at World Cups where thousands of soccer fans gather to watch matches on big screens in host cities.

"We're in negotiations with the GAA county board. There's no agreement to do this yet but these will be the issues that will be raised," Mr Montague told the city council meeting last night.

He made the comments after local councillor Deirdre Heney tabled an emergency motion asking the local authority to sponsor a big screen.

This would allow "as many fans as possible" to watch the final with Kerry "in the company of fellow GAA supporters as it will be so difficult to get tickets to the game", she said.

The issue was raised after it emerged last week that the Dublin County Board may only release 8,000 tickets for the September 18 All-Ireland football final.

The GAA has not said how many tickets will be made available.

Demand for tickets to see the clash of the old rivals is set to be phenomenal.

It's feared the touts will have a field day, selling tickets for hundreds of euro.

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