Northern Ireland

Down fans heading to Croke Park for All-Ireland semi

Benny Coulter
Image caption Benny Coulter will lead the Down attack against Kildare on Sunday

Thousands of Down supporters are heading to Croke Park in Dublin on Sunday for their team's All-Ireland football semi-final against Kildare.

Down lost the Ulster semi-final to Tyrone but have made it to the penultimate All-Ireland game through the qualifier series.

The Mourne Men, who have won the All-Ireland five times, go into the game with confidence after beating champions Kerry in the quarter-final.

The winners play Cork in the final.

Down have a history of rising to the big occasion, having won all of the All-Ireland finals in which they have played.

Kildare, who are managed by former Armagh star Kieran McGeeney, have won the All-Ireland on four occasions but must go back to 1928 for their last success in the blue riband game.

Motorists are being warned of possible traffic congestion because of the number of supporters heading south.

The throw-in at Croke Park is at 1530 BST on Sunday and the game is live on BBC2 NI.

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