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Dublin: 14 °C Saturday 26 July, 2014

18 signs your club is in the AIB All-Ireland final on St Patrick’s Day

The highlight of the club GAA calendar is upon us.

18. The local parade has to be moved from the traditional slot

17. There’s extra pride for one family as they provide the bulk of the squad

Source: INPHO/Donall Farmer

16. Iarnrod Éireann work their magic to put on a special train to take the parish to Dublin

Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

15. For those driving to Dublin, the maps are taken out and the route is plotted

14. And there is careful planning over when to have the dinner on match day


13. Everyone in the parish wants a ticket for the match

12. Locals in foreign parts spare no expense and make the trip home

11. Players look forward to training unlike every other GAA club at this time of year

Source: INPHO

10. Nowhere is safe from the bunting invasion

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

9. Homemade signs saluting players are brought out for the big day

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

8. And the youngsters are the noisiest fans

Source: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

7. The manager plays the Croke Park factor down in front of the players

6. But the supporters get caught up in the hype a bit more

Truagh Gaels supporters celebrate at the end of the match

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

They’re this excited…

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5. Marty pops down to the club to do a piece for the Six-One News

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

4. And the club holds the inaugural photoshoot in the dressing room

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

3. Many club members send this text during the week before

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2. Club stalwarts remark to each other – ‘Did you ever think you’d see the day that our little club would be in Croke Park?’

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

1. And you remember it’s all about bringing the trophy home

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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