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Dubs hurler Ryan not buying into 'stupid' All-Ireland double talk

The Ballyboden St Enda’s club man is staying focused ahead of Sunday week’s battle with Cork.

Dublin's Paul Ryan
Dublin's Paul Ryan
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THE FOOTBALLERS ARE into the last eight and the hurlers are into the last four.

It’s inevitable then that with each passing week, the clamour grows louder about the ‘Dublin Double’ in this year’s All-Ireland senior championships.

You can currently get odds of around 9-1 on both the Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire Cups being paraded around the capital in September.

The Dublin footballers face Cork this Saturday in the All-Ireland senior quarter-final while there is also a Dublin Cork clash in Sunday week’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

But Dublin hurling attacker Paul Ryan is steering clear of the ‘Dublin Double’ hype.

“We’ve kind of kept to ourselves and we know to keep away from all that . Last year we started to pay attention to that, and look what happened, we got relegated.

“So it would be stupid. We’ve no right to talk about an All-Ireland yet, we’re talking about the semi-finals and that’s as far as we’ve been going.”

Ryan will faces a big assignment with the Dublin hurlers in Croke Park on Sunday week but this weekend he’ll slip into a seat in the Hogan Stand and fill the role of supporter to shout on the Jim Gavin’s football side.

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Ballyboden St Enda’s clubmate Michael Darragh MacAuley is one player that Ryan will be keeping a particularly close eye on.

“Yeah, absolutely I’ll support them. I love watching the football. I probably won’ t go to the Hill, probably the Hogan.

“I know Mick MacAuley very well. I know a lot of the other lads as well. I hope they do it. I think they’re a really great team and if we could replicate what they did two years ago, it would be great.

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