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Kielty: The omens are good for Down

27 August 2010

Comedian and media personality Patrick Kielty believes Down's name could be on
the Sam Maguire.

Kielty was sub-goalkeeper on the Down minor team that won the All-Ireland in
1987 when the Mournemen defeated Kildare and Cork in the semi-final and final
respectively.

"We played Kildare in the semi-final and Cork in the final so I'm taking that as a good
omen for us," he said ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against the Lilywhites.

"I stood on the sidelines that day and we won and I was standing in Croker when we
won in 1991 and 1994 so I will be happy to watch from the stands again this Sunday."

The former Dundrum GAC player, who will be making his way to Croke Park for the
first time since he attended the 2003 Special Olympics opening ceremony, has the
height of praise for his former team-mate and current Down boss James McCartan.

"James is an exceptional footballer. I remember playing alongside him and Kieran
McGeeney for Queen's, both very focused and determined players and the fact that
they are rivals this time certainly makes Sunday's game even more interesting.

"It's bizarre, we were in the abyss of Gaelic football for a long time and now we are
close to reaching the All-Ireland final, but sure that's the beauty of Down football."

He added: "It was the same for us in 1991 and 1994 and we still managed to take the
Sam back to the Mourne so I have every faith we can do it again this time.

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