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Dublin Star Envisions A Full-House In Croke Park Sooner Rather Than Later

Dublin Star Envisions A Full-House In Croke Park Sooner Rather Than Later
By Arthur James O'Dea

A day after securing her second-successive All-Ireland, Dublin's Noelle Healy has sights set on an even brighter future for Ladies Gaelic football.

With another record-breaking attendance arriving in Croke Park yesterday afternoon to watch the junior, intermediate and senior finals, by half-time in the showpiece clash between Dublin and Cork, it was announced that 50,141 people had arrived for the event.

Almost a 4,000 improvement on the record set during last year's series of finals, Ladies Gaelic football appears to be on an impressively rise.

For Healy, there is more to come, however.

Speaking on The Throw-In podcast, Healy envisioned the day when the country's elite female footballers would be playing in front of a full-house in Croke Park, and the added thrill that comes with these impressive crowds.

"To see the upper tiers of the Cusack and Canal End open was just unbelievable. It was the first time we walked around and really enjoyed the parade, just soaking in the atmosphere and looking up to see how full Croke Park was.

"I was looking threw the attendances from 2014, the first year that we were there in the final, and it was 29,000 there that year, and that was a big one then.

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"To be now saying it's at 50,000 ... they're getting very close to hopefully one day having a full Croke Park."

Identifying the ways in which the positivity can be built upon, and Ladies Gaelic football could reach these heights, Healy pointed to the disheartening differential between the number of people willing to come to Croke Park for the All-Ireland finals, but not turn up for games earlier in the year.

"Like this year in the All-Ireland semi-final, it was a double-header ... but there wasn't a massive crowd at it."

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Highlighting the fact that more must be made of these games, Healy remains certain that regardless of how the game is handled generally, Dublin are desperate to keep the good times going.

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