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Ulster fans plan Dublin invasion for finals day


Tyrone GAA joint manager Brian Dooher. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Tyrone GAA joint manager Brian Dooher. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

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Tyrone GAA joint manager Brian Dooher. Credit: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Ulster invades Croke Park this weekend, as the Ulster senior football Championship final is being hosted in the GAA headquarters for the first time since 2006. 

The blue ribband day is being taken to Dublin to allow a crowd of 18,000 to attend, as per Covid restrictions. 

There is serious speculation that Tyrone are set to spring a surprise by including Cathal McShane from the start as full forward. The 2019 All-Star is continuing to make his way back to full fitness and could play a bigger role than his substitute appearance against Donegal in the semi-final. 

Dooher did admit that time may not be on the side of Darragh Canavan though, who sustained an ankle injury against Kerry in the league semi-final. 

“He’s getting there, he’s in the shake-up and he’s starting to come back into a bit of shape,” said Dooher.

“We’ll see this week what he’s like at training.

“But he’s getting there, he’s had a very bad injury and he’s only back training again, so we’ll see how he goes.

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“He’s like everybody else. There’s another 35, 36 or 37 other boys there equally competing for places so it’s good to have everybody back.

“Most of the boys are there or thereabouts.”

The Ulster final is the centerpiece of a busy weekend for Ulster teams in Croke Park. The curtain-raiser to the football final will feature the Tyrone hurlers who face Mayo in the Nicky Rackard final.

Managed by Slaughtneil manager Michael McShane, they are am ambitious group captained by the excellent score-getter Damian Casey. 

Fermanagh and Cavan face each other in the Lory Meagher hurling final on Saturday night, while Derry hurlers have Offaly in the Christy Ring decider on Sunday.  

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