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Fermanagh GAA jerseys flying off the shelves ahead of Ulster football final

Sales of Fermanagh GAA jerseys have been increasing ahead of the Ulster football final on Sunday. Picture by Hugh Russell

FERMANAGH GAA jerseys are literally flying off the shelves as excitement builds ahead of the Ernemen's quest for Ulster football glory.

Staff at one sports shop in Enniskillen last night said they "can't keep up with demand" for requests for the county colours.

O'Neill's store at Quays Pass has been inundated with fans searching for jerseys ahead of the Ulster Senior Football Championship final on Sunday. It is thought that up to 1,000 tops will have been sold by the shop from the the time Ernemen's semi-final win and the final itself.

As Fermanagh GAA chase their first even provincial title when they line-out against Donegal at Clones, there will be no shortage of the green and white colours associated with the county on show.

Sean Doherty from O'Neill's on Quay Pass, Enniskillen said recent days has seen a massive increase in fans wanting to get kitted out in Fermanagh jerseys.

Mulligan's bar in Newtownbutler ready for the big match. Picture: Caroline Conlon 

"We just can't keep up with demand," he said.

"We got a batch in on Friday of around 250 and they were all gone by Saturday. With the schools getting involved too, there has just been so much more demand.

"We were hoping to get another delivery in today, but it didn't arrive so we have had a lot of disappointed people.

"But we hope the next delivery will arrive on Thursday to give people time to get down and pick one up before the final.

"It's everyone out looking for the tops too, men, women, kids - everyone aged from two to 92, it's been great."

Mr Doherty said it was great to see so many people sporting the county colours.

"We will have probably sold close to 1,000 tops by the time it gets to the final, which is fantastic," he said.

"You can see a lot of people are coming home especially for the game, it's not just local people.

"There's a great buzz about the place and I'm sure there will be even more before the game on Sunday."

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